Being well hydrated is a must for any kind of exercise. The advantage of a bike is that you can fix your bottle onto it. But what kind of bottle should you choose?
You should choose your water bottle based on three things: how much the bottle holds, its thermal insulation and the material it is made from (supple plastic or rigid aluminium)
1. Cycling Bottle Capacity
When slipped into your bottle cage, your bottle is accessible and easy to grab, even while cycling. And for longer rides, there's no reason not to kit your bike out with several bottle cages!
For Long Rides When You Need a Lot of Water - Go for a bottle that holds more than 650 ml. You could even take two bottles with you!
For Medium Rides - From 600 to 750 ml should be more adequate.
For Short Rides - A bottle holding up to 650 ml will be enough.
2. Thermal Insulation
Not all bottles will keep your drink at the same temperature. And when it's hot, thermal insulation is an absolute must!
To Maintain your drink at the Same Tempreture Choose an isothermic model. This will stop your drink heating up or cooling down quickly during your rides.
Plastic or aluminium? Each material has advantages and drawbacks, so you need to make sure that you choose the right one.
An Aluminium Cycling Bottle - An aluminium water bottle has the advantage of being more durable than a plastic bottle. Its other advantage is that it keeps your drink at the same temperature. On the other hand, it will be heavier than a plastic bottle and a bit less practical for drinking on the go (you can't squeeze it in the same way). It might therefore be best for hybrid or mountain bike rides.
Plastic Cycling Bottle - The main advantage of a plastic bottle is its weight. Plastic bottles are generally light and cheap, as well as being practical to use while on the move.