Published August 26, 2021
We have all been there. 50km out of town, the sun beating down on you and you take the last sip of water from your bottle. Dang. Being hydrated is one of the most essential human needs. We need water. We need more when we are out there pounding the tarmac or singletrack. As they say, if you’re thirsty you’re too late. You should have been drinking more fluids ages ago.
Dehydration can be serious for athletes and can be recognized by dizziness, headaches, dark colored urine, or even heart rate spikes. When we don’t drink enough water, our blood thickens and puts strain on the heart to send oxygen to our muscles.
A good general rule to follow is to drink one bottle (12-16 oz.) of water an hour. However, your body is a finely tuned instrument and will tell you when and how much fluids it needs. It’s up to us as cyclists to pay attention - which can be hard in the moment
The bottle we all know so well - also known as the bidon. There are many different bidon options out there. Some are insulated, non-insulated, while others have storage for tools and nutrition.
Access to clean water is crucial to the health of all riders. Thankfully nowadays, there are so many lightweight and portable options for cyclists.
Packs come in all shapes and sizes and can help you carry more than just water.
Click each list item to learn more about that product. Some products in this list have been fully reviewed by us and labeled with an asterisk (*).
We love independent, rider-owned brands, and dib Sports out of Irvine, California is that. A brand that designs and manufactures gear and kit in the USA. One of their flagship products is a 2-in-1 bottle lovingly named the ‘dib bottle’. The dib bottle is perfect for road riders and triathletes that may not want to strap a bag to their saddle but still need somewhere to put that annoying flat kit. The patented modular design is held together by a rubber strap that allows for changing reservoir sizes depending on your needs. The small reservoir is 340ml and the large is 480ml and costs $22 and $24 (USD). If you buy the dib bottle, definitely take a look at the MT8 multi-tool as it fits into the bottle’s storage.Official Link
After using the Katadyn BeFree filter for over a year now, it’s safe to say that it has come close to saving our lives a few times. Gravity filters are great but are heavy and slow. Purification tabs make your water taste like dishwashing soap. Enter the BeFree system. The filter allows you to filter water from any lake, river or stream. Simply scoop, screw the lid on and squeeze into any water container. The BeFree flask can collapse down to store almost anywhere and weighs a mere 59g. The filter removes any bugs and sediment with a pore size of 0.1 microns (0.0001mm). 100% PVC and BPA free. Get it!Official Link