Biking is not just another form of exercise for me. It isn’t even a mere means of transport. To me, it means freedom. Every time I take my bike out for a ride, I feel liberated. As if nothing and nobody can stop me. And while on way, I always make sure I carry a good bottle of water with me, so that my hydration needs are taken care of too. Nothing worse than suffering from a dry throat in the middle of your ride.
A lot of people think that hitting the gym and sweating it out is a good enough way of getting your daily workout done. However, studies have shown that more than 60 % of our day is spent indoors. Why not use up our exercise time to breathe in some fresh air? In addition to it being good for your heart, and your soul, it presents so many more benefits that we were not even aware of.
Best Water Bottle for Cycling
Best Water Bottles for Cycling and Why I Love Them
To carry your yummy drinks, you will definitely need a handy water bottle. These days, a water bottle doesn’t just serve the purpose of carrying your drinks. It becomes another ornament that makes your bike look good too. There are plenty of good looking and well-designed water bottles available in the market that will add all the spunk and functionality you need. Fun part is, there’s one for every biker personality, age and gender. Following is a list of some of the best water bottles for cycling in my opinion.
Hydro Flask Double Wall Vacuum Water Bottle for When You Like it Hot or Cold
When riding for a longer time, you would want your cold drinks to stay cold and your hot drinks to stay hot right? Hydro Flask offers a neat looking Insulated Stainless Steel bottle whether you like iced tea or hot coffee. With Hydro Flask’s double-wall vacuum insulated TempShield technology, liquids remain hot up to 6 Hours, and cold up to 24 Hours. It allowed me to enjoy my coffee nice and hot even 7 hours later. With its sleek design, it slips in well into your bicycle bottle rack, and it is leak proof, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning up spilled sugary drinks from your bike.
- Small enough for convenient transport
- Double Wall Vacuum
- Insulated Stainless Steel
- Liquids remain hot up to 6 hours, and cold up to 24 Hours
- Made of BPA-free plastics
- Easy to Clean
- Lifetime Warranty
keeps the water cold which is exactly what they needed. Even though the price is quite high for this water bottle, it was worth paying.
Insulated Water Bottle by TheFlow When You Want The Functionality at a Lower Price
The insulated water bottle by The Flow is another favorite of mine. If you want to keep your drinks hot or cold, but want to go easier on your pocket, this bottle is the one for you. It comes with a Hydro Flask Compatible Leak Proof Straw Lid, Carabiner Lid and Flip Lid. You can choose which one you like for your sipping needs. It is easy to clean both the bottle and the lid. And if food-grade safety is your concern, it’s got you covered. Made from non- toxic BPA-free plastics and 18/8 food-grade stainless steel, you never have to worry about harmful toxins entering your drinks, and it’s guaranteed to be rust-free lifelong! What’s more, its premium powder coating prevents the bottle from “sweating” making it easy to carry around and handle.
- Double Wall Vacuum
- Insulated Stainless Steel
- Toxin Free
- Made from 18/8 pure stainless steel, guaranteed never to rust
- Easy to clean and maintain
So far the best at staying closed, opening cleanly without an annoying noise to draw attention, and keeping food hot or cold all day long. They also enjoy the versatility and choices of tops for different uses, in addition to the great value for money.
BlenderBottle SportMixer for Those With Butter Fingers
If you’re one of those people who cannot hold a bottle straight and most invariably end up spilling your drinks, the BlenderBottle SportMixer Shaker Bottle is the one for you. In addition to being the perfect size for a single serving, it has a Stylish rubberized SportGrip to ensure that your butter fingers have a firm grip on the bottle and a convenient SportLoop that makes it easy to carry anywhere. Even if you do manage to drop it, you need not worry. It’s durable Eastman Tritan plastic body makes it shatter-proof. It is BPA and phthalate free and is stain and odor resistant. Thus it is also ideal for kids.
It even comes with a BlenderBall wire whisk inside to allow you to shake up those protein shakes till they’re lump-free. And when you want to get rid of the sticky sugars from it at the end of the day, just pop it into your dishwasher. The bottom of the bottle is curved so as to avoid dried residue buildup and to make for easy cleaning.
- BlenderBall wire whisk inside
- Stain and odor resistant
- 26-ounce capacity
- Dishwasher safe, BPA- and phthalate-free
I didn’t expect to like this bottle as much as I do. I like it so much that I end up cleaning it out to use it again, instead of rotating through my other shake bottles. The contoured grip makes a big difference, even if it does make it slightly harder to clean (can’t quite get my hand in it).
LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle for the Germ phobic Biker
The LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle comes with a reusable BPA free hollow fiber membrane which removes bacteria and protozoa from lakes and streams to ensure safe, clean drinking water. So it’s great for traveling, camping and hiking. Moreover, its 2-stage activated carbon filter reduces odor, chlorine and does not leave that hideous aftertaste. In addition to these gems of features, it is leak proof and BPA free. Germ phobics, need I say more?
To use this bottle, simply fill it with water from any source (be it lakes, ponds or streams), screw on the lid and filter, and sip filtered water through the straw. When you finish drinking, simply blow back through the straw in order to expel the dirty water from the membranes and flush the filter.
- Reusable LifeStraw, which filters water while drinking
- Award-winning hollow fiber membrane filter to remove bacteria and protozoa
- Reduces odor, chlorine and leaves zero aftertaste
- Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites without the need for chemicals, iodine or batteries
- Made of BPA-free Tritan and a food-grade silicone mouthpiece
- Replacement filters available separately
- Each filter can work on a total of 1000 liters of water
It was really easy to use and I saved A LOT of money on bottled water. When each bottle is $1-2 and you have to buy up to 3 a day, this is a real money saver when travelling for any period of time.
3dRose All Smiles Art Pets for Pet Lovers
This cheap and oh so cute Sports Water Bottle has a stainless steel body and allows you to use it with 2 kinds of twist-on caps. One standard cap, and one easy flowing spout. This bottle is ideal for your kids to take along on camping trips, or even while cycling to school. The flip up spout makes it all the more convenient for kids. However, make sure you don’t pop them into your dishwasher or micro-oven.
- Comes in cute designs
- Custom printed high gloss image, ideal for kids
- Made of stainless steel
- Capacity: 21oz
- Fits most cup holders
- Flip up spout with removable straw.
I’m a dog lover, that’s the main reason I like this water bottle. Also I love this bottle color combination.
Motivational Half Gallon/64oz Water Bottle with Straw
If a product has been selling for so many years, it must be doing something right. Although its capacity is only 64ounces. 1/2 gallon water bottle with time marker & measurement markings will let you enjoy drinking and inspires you to drink more water. We have great printing and don’t worry fade. Double confirm that our half-gallon water bottle made of quality food grade eco-friendly reusable leak-proof Tritan Material and supports cold/hot/boil water. Don’t worry about the quality and safety, any problem(broken, dislike or Not satisfied )about our 2 Liter water bottle, we will feel pleasure to help you!
- Tritan Material, Healthy and Environmental.
- 100% No Leaking.
- Easy Carry Handle Even Though Water Full.
- The Bottom Length of the Straw Can Be Adjusted.
- Don’t put in the microwave.
- Don’t boil,Lead to deformation.
I absolutely LOVE this bottle! I feel the times on the side hold me more accountable to drink the proper amount of water each day. I don’t like drinking from individual bottles of water, so this is absolutely perfect!
BlenderBottle Classic Loop Top Shaker Bottle When Shakes Are What you Want on Your Ride
Yet another gem from BlenderBottle, the Classic Loop Top Shaker Bottle is for those who love a good shake on the ride, pun intended. Its patented mixing system uses the 316 surgical-grade stainless steel BlenderBall, which makes it ideal for your protein shakes and smoothies. It has a flip cap and a tapered spout for easy drinking. It comes in 3 different sizes, so choose the one that suits your need.
It is perfect for home-made blends. After mixing up my drinks, the concoction tends to thicken and settle after a while. However, with the BlenderBottle, I just shake it up and I have a nice drinkable beverage again. So I can honestly say that the BlenderBottle has made it easier for me to drink and transport my shakes and has been the perfect complement to my commuter lifestyle. Even if you leave the BlenderBall inside the liquid, you don’t have to worry about rusting, chipping or peeling, thanks to the 316 surgical-grade stain less steel material it is made from.
- BlenderBall wire whisk to mix as you shake
- Leak Proof
- Patented carrying loop
- Embossed ounce and milliliter markings
- BPA and Phthalate free
- Dishwasher safe
I bought a few of these to use with HUEL meal replacement formula and I have no complaints. The little ball used to aid in the mixing seems to do its job admirably and the bottle itself cleans easily and has no issues with leaking from high intensity shaking.
Iron Flask Sports Water Bottle For Those Who Look For Aesthetics
The sleek beauty from IronFlask is not only soothing to the eyes, but easy on your pocket too. Armed with a capacity of a whopping 1 liter, it is ideal for longer journeys. With dustproof and press design, you can open and close the mouth with the click of just one hand. More importantly, the design seals and shields out dust and allows zero leakage. So you can put it in your backpack, put it in your bicycle’s water bottle cage, go uphill or downhill and you don’t have to worry about spillage. For ease of cleaning, it comes with a handy sponge brush. And as if this wasn’t enough, it comes with money-back warranty!
- No smelly odor
- Large Capacity : 32 Oz
- Fast-flowing leak-proof spout
- Spill proof and unbreakable
- Wide neck, convenient to fill and add ice-cubes
I’ve had this bottle for about 9 months. It is a workhorse! I take it everywhere with me and always have water on hand. I LOVE the large 40 oz size. I have upped my hydration game!
EcoVessel SUMMIT Bottles For Those Who Like Something Different
The funky design of the EcoVessel SUMMIT Bottle is for those who like bottles with a slightly edgy and different look. It has a triple insulated stainless steel body and a flip straw for those who like to slowly sip and enjoy their drink.
The SUMMIT is designed for anyone on the go. You can open and close the flip spout with one hand and enjoy your drinks without tilting the bottle. Its vacuum insulation technology keeps your drinks cold for hours, while remaining sweat proof. The silicone drinking spout is removable for easy cleaning and replacements are easily available. My friend has been using this for a while now and claims to have woken up in the morning to find the ice-cubes still there. Though a bit higher on the price side, it is a good investment in terms of longevity.
- Triple insulation for superior performance
- Reusable on the go
- More compact and easier to carry
- Available with interchangeable tops
- Contains no harmful chemicals
- Easy to clean
Polar Bottle 2 Pack Breakaway Bolt Insulated 24 Oz Water Bottle for the Funky Spirit
This spunky looking bottle from Polar is sure to make your water bottle cage look good. It is 100 percent BPA-free and Phthalate-free and has a wide mouth to allow you to easily put ice-cubes in. The risk of contamination because of the absence of a cap may be a matter of concern for some, but the manufacturers argue that the Zipstream cap features a self-sealing valve, meant to keep out contamination and prevent leaks. The valve’s design prevents the bottle from leaking even in the open position. The bottle is also freezer safe, so you can prep your shakes the previous night and carry it out with you on your ride in the morning.
- 2 Piece Charcoal/Silver and Cobalt Blue/Silver Combo Pack of Polar Bottle 24 Oz Breakaway Bolt Bottles.
- Includes Tri-Layer Insulation which uses radiant heat reflective technology keeps you refreshed and restored in any and all temperatures.
- Our Surge Cap is an innovative, high flow valve that self-seals to eliminate spill and splatter. It is two pieces which makes it easy to clean and is also dishwasher safe.
- Built for performance, designed for effortless use, the new Polar Bottle shape is easier to squeeze and fits securely in your bike cage.
- Polar Bottle insulated water bottles are crafted in Colorado to reduce environmental impact and support local economies.
Why Cycling is Good For You
It’s good for your heart
Cycling is an aerobic exercise, also called a ‘cardio workout’. This means when you cycle, your heart will be beating faster, your lungs will be pumping more oxygen and your muscles will be working harder. You will breathe deeper and experience an overall cardiovascular well being.
It’s good for your soul
Ever experienced a cycling high while riding amidst nature? There is scientific proof that cycling makes you happier, and it has to do with release of vital ‘happy’ chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin, dopamine and phenylethylamine. A study conducted in 2010 by the American College of Sports and Medicine gave proof that just one 30 minute exercise session can tackle depression and boost your mood. And if that exercise is done on a beautiful day of spring with the wind in your face and to the sounds of birds chirping, imagine how much that helps.
It helps you lose weight
The weight loss benefits of cycling cannot be stressed enough. If you’re cycling vigorously, you can burn 590-930 calories . In fact, even if you are cycling at a leisurely pace (slower than 10 mph), you can burn around 280 calories. This high calorie burn will encourage your body to start burning off fat stores from all over your body. In fact, Sports physiologists have found that the body’s metabolic rate continues to burn calories for several hours even after you stop cycling. “Even after cycling for 30 minutes, you could be burning a higher amount of total calories for a few hours after you stop,” says sports physiologist Mark Simpson of Loughborough University.
Importance of Hydration
But as in any physical activity, I do get thirsty. Be it water, your favorite electrolyte drink, your protein shake, or morning coffee, it’s always handy to carry some fluid with you on your ride. Electrolyte loss in your body during an intense cycling bout can cause cramping. The best solution to treat this is to replace the electrolytes that you lost by sweating. A recovery protein drink after cycling is also a good idea. It is advisable to consume around 15–20g within 30mins of finishing if you can to ensure proper recovery.
Cleaning and Maintenance of your Bottles
So now you’ve selected your bottle of choice, you’ve had your favorite fruit juice from it and now its clean-up time. Proper cleaning and disinfection of bottles is crucial, especially because most liquids are ingested in the raw form, so lesser chances of germs getting killed by heating. A lot of bottles run the risk of getting distorted in the dishwasher, so unless otherwise specified that the bottle is safe to put in a dishwasher, it is advisable to hand wash it.
When using for the first time, use warm water along with a neutral detergent to clean, rinse off with lukewarm to cold water, by filling the bottle with water and shaking gently. If you are concerned with the odor of the new product, you can use warm water for 5 minutes.
Same goes for heating. Unless specified that the bottle is microwavable, avoid putting the bottle in a microwave. Stainless steel bottles should not be heated in a microwave under any circumstance unless you want to ruin your microwave. And plastic bottles should also be kept away from the microwave, if you don’t want to open your microwave to find just a crumpled piece of plastic inside.
So there’s an assortment of bottles that you can choose from if you keep just a few points in mind during the selection phase. I hope you found my pointers useful. I tried to list out everything I could remember that a biker, whether seasoned or new would need to know. So get set and get ready to embark on that journey. But always remember safety first. The importance of proper safety gear, like your helmet, unbreakable bike lock, gloves and knee pads cannot be stressed enough. A good quality helmet could save your life, and these days it is not difficult to get one that’s light, affordable, at the same time, trendy. Once you have your safety gear in place, it’s time to ride like the wind.
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