Wednesday, February 8, 2023


Use bicycle bottles for your handy drinking water suppliers

By Greg Illes

After many years of anywhere from serious to casual cycling, bicycle water bottles had become a familiar accessory to us. So it was no leap of imagination when we saw opportunities to use them outside of our cycling activities.

We’ve found these bottles to be extremely versatile for many venues. They have so many virtues:

•  Inexpensive — Good ones run only $5-$8 apiece, a lot cheaper than those hard-plastic fancy water bottles. You also save cash by not buying disposables.
•  Recycleable — You use these bottles over and over; they don’t add to a landfill like disposable water bottles.
•  Leak-proof — Most are good, but check before you buy with a squeeze-test. The empty bottle should hold air with no hissing.
•  Spill-proof — Even if it’s in the “open” position, only a dribble comes out if you drop it or knock it over.
•  Unbreakable — Truly tough bottles, won’t crack and split like the throwaway water bottles.
•  Quiet — The pliable plastic doesn’t rattle and clatter when you’re on the road.
•  Unforgettable — Park one everywhere you need one, and never forget to bring it along.

•  And best of all, you can buy those clever clip-rack bottle holders to hang a bottle almost anywhere you like. The one in the photo is at our bedside, for those nighttime sips.

We must own ten or more of these little gems. Here’s a partial list of where we park them:

•  In our backpacks,
•  Near the motorhome captain’s chairs,
•  In the toad,
•  At our bedside,
•  Near the dinette,
•  In the bathroom,
•  And, of course, on the bicycles.

They’re cheap enough that we don’t worry about moving them from spot to spot. If we find a new place, we just add a bottle.

The only caveats are: They aren’t good for hot, flavored or carbonated beverages, and — you have to remember to fill them up (grin).

photo: Greg Illes

Greg Illes is a retired systems engineer who loves thinking up RV upgrades and modifications. When he’s not working on his motorhome, he’s traveling in it. You can follow his blog at


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