It can be annoying having to carry a water bottle with you when you exercise – but it’s really important to stay hydrated.
The advantage of riding a bike? You don’t have to sacrifice your hands or bring a bag for your water bottle – just attach it to the bottle cage on the frame. But what kind of bottle should you choose?
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How much your water bottle holds is worth considering – if you’re only going on a short ride it won’t need to be as big, but lengthy trails are thirstier work. You also need to think about thermal insulation and the material it’s made from.
When slipped into your bottle cage, your cycling water bottle is easy to grab, even while you’re pedalling. And for longer rides, there's no reason not to kit your bike out with several bottle cages, but first thing’s first, make sure your initial bottle is the right capacity.
FOR SHORT RIDES
A bottle holding up to 650ml will be enough.
FOR MEDIUM RIDES
From 600 to 750ml should be more than adequate.
FOR LONG RIDES WHEN YOU NEED A LOT OF WATER
Go for a bottle that holds more than 650ml – and consider taking two with you.
2. THERMAL INSULATION
Not all bottles will keep your drink at the same temperature. And when it's hot, thermal insulation is an absolute must – no one wants to sweat it out and then sip a warm drink.
TO KEEP YOUR DRINK AT THE SAME TEMPERATURE
Choose an isothermic model. This will stop your drink heating up or cooling down quickly during your rides.
Plastic or aluminium? Each material has advantages and drawbacks, so you need to make sure you choose the right one.
PLASTIC CYCLING BOTTLE
The main advantage of a plastic bottle is its weight. Plastic bottles are generally light and cheap, as well as being practical to use while on the move.
ALUMINIUM CYCLING BOTTLE
An aluminium water bottle has the advantage of being more durable than a plastic bottle. Its other advantage is that it keeps your drink at the same temperature. On the other hand, it will be heavier than a plastic bottle and a bit less practical for drinking on the go (you can't squeeze it in the same way), which makes it a better option for hybrid or mountain bike rides.
Consider getting a model with a cap – it’ll protect your drink from mud and dust when mountain biking.