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How about a toast to the unsung hero of cycling performance? If it weren’t for the water bottle, we’d just be riding around the water in our bodies, and the 60 percent of the human body that’s...

Bicycle water bottles are essential for keeping cyclists hydrated, but pertinent questions about capabilities abound. The main questions concern their ideal capacity, the materials used, any thermal insulation, ease of cleaning, compatibility with different bottle cages, the quality of the opening system, resistance to leaks and, finally, their environmental impact.
Why is it essential to have a good water bottle for cycling?
Hydration is crucial during physical exertion such as cycling. A good water bottle should ensure that water or an energy drink is readily available, stays fresh and doesn't leak. What's more, its design should be ergonomic, easy to hold and compatible with standard bottle cages.
What materials are recommended for a quality bicycle bottle?
Most high-quality water bottles are made from BPA (bisphenol A)-free plastic to avoid any risk of contamination. Materials that are light, strong and don't give the water an unpleasant taste are preferable. Some top-of-the-line bottles can also be double-walled for better thermal insulation, keeping liquids cooler for longer.
How do you maintain and clean bike bottles?
It's essential to clean water bottles regularly, especially if you pour sugary energy drinks into them. Use warm water, mild soap and a brush or brush head to reach the bottom and all the nooks and crannies. Some bottles are even dishwasher-safe. After cleaning, leave the canister to dry in the open air, with the cap off, to prevent the formation of mold.
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