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Water bottles?? Clean and hygienic?? If you can scrape off the crust of road mud on the spout they're clean enough. (Actually, I just rinse mine out in very hot tap water, though for a brand new one I'll use a few drops of dish soap to help get rid of the manufacturing oils and the plastic taste. Sometimes for new bottles I'll fill them with hot water ...


Bosses in aluminum frames are typically rivet nuts, aka "pem nuts", which have a head that should be too large to slip back into the frame. For your frame, it sounds like the Park Tool directions for securing bosses on carbon frames should work equally well. The top mount on the seat-tube is also the easiest to repair using this method, so you're in luck.


No matter what you do: if you have loose metal parts hanging around inside your tubes, then your first priority is to get them out. The Park Tools link in the other answer has some good ideas. My first thought would be to get a metal nut or threaded sleeve and epoxy it in place. But the simplest option is to not fix it at all, and just use a clamp to ...


Yes, it is possible to install a set of water bottle "braze-ons" on a frame which was not originally supplied with them. It requires a very specific set of tools and parts. The video below shows how a Rivnut works. ...


Clamps are easy and reversible - causing little or no damage to tubing (metal jubilee clips might scratch paintwork, but there are plastic versions which work well) I'm loath to drill holes in perfectly good tubing - I also would be worried about metal shavings falling to the bottom of the tube and causing problems in a bearing race.


Warming and freezing I was just reading an article about bottle cleaning and although hot water is very good at preventing microbes from thriving, freezing your empty bottles is also effective. Home appliance freezers freeze them slowly which kills microbes as compared to lab microbe freezing which is done very fast just hibernates them. The other positive ...


I'm pretty much in the camp with Dan Hicks. First, I only put water in 'em. Second, when I'm done riding, I pop the top and let 'em air dry. I can't recall ever having "cleaned" a water bottle, other than during my mountain-biking days when sand, mud, crud, and assorted dead spiders would encrust same. I solved that by going to a hydration pack.

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