Here are some important questions and considerations about water bottles. These ideas are not limited to cycling but can apply to all reusable beverage containers.
Questions to answer
First things first. Do you even have a water bottle? Maybe you have be cycling for a long time and never considered the thought. Maybe your bike trips are rather short and you don’t see a benefit to carrying a bottle of water. And maybe your bicycle doesn’t have a bottle cage or other mechanism where you can easily carry a bottle. Some people would say that it is better to have something and not need it than to need something and not have it. If you do have a water bottle, have you thought about just how long you have had it for? Did you buy it or was it a free promotional gift? Is your water bottle designed to keep you healthy? Keep your answers to these questions in mind as you continue to read.
What to avoid
Types of bottles to avoid include cheap or novelty bottles that you might expect to receive as a promotional gift from some nameless company. Yes, many the water bottle was free, but that just speaks to the bottle’s true value (see: worthless). The company providing these water bottles are not thinking of quality. In fact, quality could not be further from their mind, They are in fact more concerned or only concerned about two things. Those two thing they are concerned about include quantity and the bottom line or the price tag. Maybe you have heard the phrase that nothing is free. Well how do you explain the promotional water bottle with the company logo? The reason these companies are giving away these many products is simply marketing and promoting. They are eating the cost of the water bottles so they can get their company’s name and logo in front of your eyes. Every time you take a drink from the water bottle, you see the logo. With every person you pass by on the street with your bicycle, they read the company’s name. So with this goal in mind, to get eyes on their company name and logo, they want to focus on quantity, not quality. The bottle might be a leaky carcinogen, but it carries the company’s message or advertising. They are not concerned about the quality because they did not manufacture the bottle, they simply purchased the product in mass quantities most possibly from China and slapped their name on the side. The other factor they consider in stead of quality is the bottom line. The lower the quality, the cheaper their costs.
We have already established the fact that they are not concerned about quality, let’s see why just maybe you should be concerned. The types of materials used in cheap water bottles can contain dangerous chemicals. The better types of plastics and other materials are more expensive. These materials are designed better and more research, time and effort has been spent on finding and redesigning these better quality products. When buying or choosing to use a reusable container, look for descriptions on the packaging or the product itself that indicated it is safe. Also, if your bottle or container indicates that it is not microwave or dishwasher safe, make sure you adhere to these restrictions. Not only would using the product shorten its lifespan, but it could cause melting or a chemical reaction that could place you at great risk for ingesting harmful chemicals. Lastly, replace your water bottle at regular intervals. This can ensure your water stays tasting great and you keep healthy.