How To Select The Best Water Bottle for Your Cycling
Spring is well on the way and summer just around the corner. This is the time of the year where all sports' enthusiasts put their energy back to work. Cycling shop venues all over the nation are packed with all sorts of cycle accessories that will take care of your hydration needs. There are so many water bottle manufacturers and different types of bottles to choose from, so selecting the proper cycle accessories can be challenging at times. You may be someone that has had bottles for a few years or you may be in the market for new ones. Browse through the different types below and make the proper selection on these indispensable cycle accessories as they meet your cycling needs.
· Single wall polypropylene with bite valve bottle – One of the oldest, most popular and most affordable bottles. Squeezable and very durable, but does not offer much if any, insulation. Great for occasional rides.
· Double wall polypropylene with bite valve bottle – Very durable and very popular cycle accessories. Some manufacturers offer bottles with an insulated thermal layer in between the walls, which can maintain the integrity of your drinks, being hot or cold for longer periods of time. Ideal for mid to long range rides.
· Single wall polyethylene “Clean bottle” – One of the newest bottles in the market. It can be unscrewed from both ends for better cleaning, making this bottle one of the best cycle accessories for the clean conscious. Down side – very little insulation. Great for occasional rides. The company, who manufactures these bottles, donates 10% of their profits to eco, cycling – friendly charities allowing the consumer to vote for their favorite.
· Double wall polyethylene with bite valve and protective cap – great durability, squeezable and one feature I love the most, which is a protective cap to keep the bite valve clean from road spray and dust. Great addition to the germ conscious mind.
It is important to know that many bottles vary in size. It would be wise to take into consideration the size range of 16 to 26 ounces before purchasing your cycle accessories. I also want to remind you there are basically three types of valves, which may or may not be included with the bottle you purchase at any good cycling shop. The Self Sealing Jet Valve TM, The Bite Valve and straw combination and the regular pull bite valve. Although many bottles and valves are dishwasher safe, I would make sure they are placed only on the upper rack of the dishwasher and that you use a lower hot water setting to prevent any unnecessary damage to your investment.