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bobknh

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I read with interest another recent thread on carrying extra water for long gravel races. I've never liked Camelbak back pack style drink carriers. I find the back packs hot and uncomfortable, and the bladders hard to clean -especially if you use an energy drink. Until I started riding dirt and gravel roads, carrying 1 or 2 24 oz. water bottles was good for me. On the dirt and gravel roads I ride however, there is always a lot of dust and mud. It doesn't take long, before the tops of my water bottles are covered with dirt. Short of stopping to wipe the dirt off of my bottles every few miles, does anyone have any suggestions - short of using some kind of bladder device- to keep the tops of your water bottles clean during a ride?
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For the most part I'll just ignore a little dust or dirt.  I might blow on the lid to knock some of that gunk off or squirt a bit out to clear out the stream.

At landrun two weeks ago I was unscrewing the cap and pouring it out of the bottle into my mouth.  Way too much mud/grit/sand/clay to stomach on that one. 
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Dirt makes you healthy and strong. I mostly just consider it added taste and don't worry about it too much. If it's really dirty I might wipe it off with my hands, which probably isn't an improvement. 
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Some people will put a crud catcher on their downtube to keep some of the crap off of themselves and their bottles.

Using a water bottle with a lid is also an option. Several brands make ones with single handed operation. I have a few old Camelback (edit: turns out they are Nalgenes with every hint of a label gone) ones. I saw these Thermos ones after a couple seconds of searching.
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bobknh

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Dirt makes you healthy and strong. I mostly just consider it added taste and don't worry about it too much. If it's really dirty I might wipe it off with my hands, which probably isn't an improvement. 

Maybe -- but the sand is really hard on your teeth enamal!
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Some people will put a crud catcher on their downtube to keep some of the crap off of themselves and their bottles.

Using a water bottle with a lid is also an option. Several brands make ones with single handed operation. I have a few old Camelback ones. I saw these Thermos ones after a couple seconds of searching.
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Thanks. Those look nice. Looks like they would be easy to open one handed. Just push in the button. I'll check them out.
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FestiveNoodle

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This is what I use. Those caps fit my existing Camelback bottles and work surprisingly well:

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http://www.avexoutdoor.com/autospout-squeeze-water-bottle.html


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bobknh

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Follow up- purchased a few of these Nalgens and have been testing them: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B000XYQVBU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Works very well. Very easy to flick open and close the cover. No "plastic" taste in the water. Reasonably prices and made in USA. My only concern is that while the plastic cover is easy to flick open and closed one handed, it looks rather flimsy. Not sure how well the cover will hold up to daily use on gravel and dirt roads.
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The nalgenes work well, but you are right the caps are flimsy. I use them moutain biking and they do break occasionally . Fortunately spare lids are also available on Amazon.
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The nalgenes work well, but you are right the caps are flimsy. I use them moutain biking and they do break occasionally . Fortunately spare lids are also available on Amazon.

Yes - but the lids cost almost as much as a new bottle and lid: https://smile.amazon.com/Nalgene-All-Terrain-Bottle-Black/dp/B004YBPTWA/ref=pd_sim_468_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B004YBPTWA&pd_rd_r=EBDSP2MNNTFRK81QYX89&pd_rd_w=sC60b&pd_rd_wg=cf1sS&psc=1&refRID=EBDSP2MNNTFRK81QYX89

Might as well by a new bottle, and re-purpose the old one for non-dirt rides or any other use to keep it out of the landfill. 
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barturtle

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Camelbak sells Mud Caps for their Podium bottles.
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dangle

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Follow up- purchased a few of these Nalgens and have been testing them: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B000XYQVBU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Works very well. Very easy to flick open and close the cover. No "plastic" taste in the water. Reasonably prices and made in USA. My only concern is that while the plastic cover is easy to flick open and closed one handed, it looks rather flimsy. Not sure how well the cover will hold up to daily use on gravel and dirt roads.


That's the 'old' ones I have had for at least 10 years! I didn't know they still made them. I never broke one and still have them around. I used to use them a lot, but don't have a mt bike with a bottle cage or a gravel/cx bike with an under the downtube mount anymore.
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