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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 ...
I think that's a generic chinese bottle holder cage with the word "Bontrager" printed on it. The price alone implies its not "authentic". Any cage that employs friction as a retaining mechanism will scratch up bottles/bidons after a while. limit the scratching, using a layer around the bottle (a clean sock soaked in water used to be a pro thing to ...
I wash mine in a dishwasher. Mostly because that requires the least effort. I've had to replace bottles occasionally, I find that eventually the nozzle on the cap starts to leak.
You don't have to buy new bottles every time they look scratched -- they're still perfectly functional as water bottles. Depending on cage design, you may find that plastic or carbon fiber cages don't scratch bottles as much (but you have essentially some light paint on a water bottle, and if you rub it enough with any bottle cage it will eventually come ...
looks like plastic or rubber plugs in the braze-ons. Try to remove them — I think there are a threads under them.
A teaspoon of baking soda and warm water, is your best bet. No nasty after taste at all. Cheap and very effective.
When I'm on a cycling holiday I take a tube of cleaning tablets for false teeth with me. Insert a tablet, fill the bottle with water, let it soak overnight, rinse, done.
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.
Drilling the seat tube is a bad idea, for the reasons you've indicated. Very rarely a bike shop will have a tool for reaming a seat tube (more usually framebuilders have those) that can to the task in a slightly safer way. BUT from my experience with a welded steel frame where I didn't bother to back-purge (lesson learned!), even once you weld an extension ...
Most the bottles i have seen are dishwasher safe, top rack only, although i have washed some on the bottom without any obvious side effects, you may turn the heated dry off if your dishwasher has it though as they may warp. Many hydration products such as bottles and bladders are made of TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) or some variation of it. One thing ...
The first step is to probably check the bottle for the icon shown below to identify that the manufacturer has said the product is Dishwasher Safe. I just checked my bottles, and they don't contain an icon saying they are dishwasher safe, but it does thankfully have the "food safe" icon. On the manufacturer web site it says that the bottles are dishwasher ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. The second video wexpolains how to install a set in a bicycle frame.
Nylon zip ties. No tools required, no holes to drill and easily reversible.....you can even get 'em in colors.
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.
The inexpensive bottle cages can be bent to make them a little smaller for a tighter fit. If the type you have is a closed loop type you can add rubber bands to the bottle for a more secure fit if it is loose. There seems to be a lot more size variation with generic "sport bottles" than the bottles marketed to cyclists.
If you don't have a dishwasher, soak them in a water/bleach solution for a few minutes.
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.
Sorry, like anything else in this world, it will wear away over time. Budget for new bottles every four months and you will be shiny.
Bacteria need nutrients to grow, and plain water doesn't have any. So all that's needed is a rinse with clean water and air drying. There's really no reason for all this sterilization stuff. It accomplishes virtually nothing other than making you feel tidy. However, if you add stuff to the bottle that contains nutrients, such as sports drinks, then the ...
Most effective for plastic/glass bottles is to leave by a UV lamp for 10-15 min! or if you can get the the UV bulb inside the bottle 1 min is more than enough :)
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