Water bottles that don't taste like $%*^ ??

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  1. Shreklookalike

    Shreklookalike New Member

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    <slightly off topic>

    A couple of you guys are bringing back some bad memories. I used to work as a shipper/receiver/material handler for a small plastic injection molding firm in western Massachusetts. I remember whenever they purged a machine of Delrin (in order to switch materials for a different mold) I'd get a NASTY cloud of fumes hovering over my desk. I'd have to go out on the loading dock just to catch my breath.
     


  2. RWillieK

    RWillieK New Member

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    I do like the idea of a ploycarbonate bottle....I know it can't be sqeezed, but as long as I can get water into my mouth, it would be fine.

    I don't really care for the regular Nalegene bottles....the flexible ones.....they always taste bad.

    For you folks in the plastic industry...this bottle is a class 4 plastic.... low density polyethylene.
    Robbie
     
  3. Mansmind

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    Those fumes are formaldehyde, a byproduct of burned/overheated acetal. It's ONE of the drawbacks of that polymer. I've seen operations have to empty the building when accidentally leaving it in a machine and it became overheated. It's very intense, causes your eyes to water and your throat to burn. Don't worry, not immediately detrimental, but one H$LL of an irritant. That's not to say that it's good for you.

    John
     
  4. Jaguar27

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    Thanks Guys, I now know everything there is to know about Plastic Bottles..this is a great Forum


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  5. serenaslu

    serenaslu New Member

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    I'd say it's a toss-up. I have been using the 24oz. Polar Bottles for some time now. They definitely make a difference, but are hardly what I would call adibiatic. I find that if I put a little ice in the first and freeze the second bottle overnight it works out well for me for 50-60 mile rides in summer months. They keep things just enough cooler to be a bit more pleasant. I tend to buy a couple when I see a good sale on them. Still the same issues as other polyethylene bottles, but I don't find it too bad as long as they don't sit for a long time or get hot. I usually just use straight spring water and try to clean them immediately after use and leave open.
     
  6. RSSrsvp

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    Put the bottle on the top rack of your dishwasher and wash it with everything else. As long as it is on the top rack, it won't melt.
     
  7. RSSrsvp

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    Another brand of bottles that are great for all outdoors useage is Sigg. They are light weight and insulated. They have many sizes and colors to choose from. In addition, their bottles have an inner coating that is resistant to fruit acids and isotonic drinks. You will many find them in stores that sell hiking equipment. I just use some dishwashing soap, warm water and a brush, and there is no after taste.

    http://www.sigg.ch
     
  8. philhudson

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    but will any writing come off! lol dont want that to happen to my british cycling bottle!:rolleyes:
     
  9. RSSrsvp

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    All of my bottles are clear, so I cannot answer one way or the other. :confused:
     
  10. philhudson

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    ok thanks though
     
  11. RSSrsvp

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    Actually I take that back as I have one new bottle that has the name of my LBS printed on it. I have put it in the dishwasher about a dozen times. However, if the bottle in question has some sentimental value I would still be hesitant.
     
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    ok but did any writing come off.....:confused:

    thanks phil
     
  13. RSSrsvp

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    So far no, however who knows what will happen over the course of time. If you really treasure this bottle as a momento, hand wash it and use flavored drinks to camoflage the plastic after taste.
     
  14. Torrance

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    I use Nalgene bottles, even tho they won't fit in the holder on my bike. They have se veral advantages: beautiful jewel colors, see through, no smell to the plastic, and they don't absorb flavors of liquids.

    I handwash mine.

    I've read that reusing Gatorade or other product bottles is bad, that they eventually leach nasty chemicals into your water. That's not true: http://www.debris.com/journal/832

    I don't use Gatorade. I use Flavors2Go. More convenient, more flavors, more portable.
     
  15. Shreklookalike

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    I seem to recall them saying something about formaldehyde (it was about 20 years ago). Used to damn near suck the breath right out of me.
     
  16. Greg-O

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    no. cold water on a ride is a bad thing. your body has to use energy to warm that water up. it's a waste in energy, and cold water can also give you stomach cramps.
     
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    I put vinegar and water in 1:3 ratio and let it sit overnight. Then I wash it and let the vinegar smell evaporate overnight. I don't get any plastic or vinegar taste after that.
     
  18. lucien2

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    reviving an old thread....


    I wonder- does the foul flavor that comes from the flexible bottles relate to potentially harmful outgassing of the plastic itself? Is there a health benefit to be realized choosing one type of plastic over another?
     
  19. jimmer23

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    Nike makes some great very durable bottles. They're kinda frosted clear, somewhat oblong in shape, with black caps and black grippy substance on the bottle. I've had great luck with them this season and they fit the Elite Pateo cages perfectly.
     
  20. Hask12

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    Everything I've read says just the opposite.
     
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