Wash yer bidons properly!

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Browser, 24 Jul 2012.

  1. cyberknight

    cyberknight As long as I breathe, I attack.

    Location:
    Land of confusion
    Yup ,regular soak in sterilizing fluid and washed every time.
     
  2. Melonfish

    Melonfish Evil Genius in training.

    Location:
    Warrington, UK
    denture tabs. use em for bidons and camelbaks.
    occasional scrub with a brush but mostly just a soak.
    not dead yet
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Browser

    Browser Veteran

    Will have to change cleaning regime I think, will try Milton and/or dishwasher.
     
  4. Alun

    Alun Guru

    Location:
    Liverpool
    Any taste left over from bleach/milton can be cleared by adding some pure lemon juice to water and soaking overnight.
     
  5. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I just don't understand this obsession with bleach and freezing; mildew needs moisture so if you dry the bottle and leave the top off in storage, mildew won't grow. Just upend it for an hour or two on the draining board before you put it away!
     
  6. lordloveaduck

    lordloveaduck Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Birmingham
    +1
    I'll stick to my Fairy liquid. Never had a problem with mold. Just wash and dry.
     
  7. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    If using water alone, just wash in soapy water and allow to dry. Simple.

    Energy drinks etc. then it's a good scrub.
     
  8. The Brewer

    The Brewer Shed Dweller

    Location:
    Wrexham
    I have the brewery chemicals to help me :tongue:

    A cheap way would be to buy some campden tablets from Wilkos, crush one in a bottle and soak over night
     
  9. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Why? I've been using PE drink bottles for 24 years and never a hint of mildew; I just rinse, drain and store with the cap off.

    My Camelback on the other hand has a good growth of mildew inside the tube because you can't dry it out. I just carry on using it; it hasn't killed me.
     
  10. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Yebbut you're HARDCORE:biggrin:.
     
  11. bicyclos

    bicyclos Part time Anorak

    Location:
    West Yorkshire
    I do as what professional racing cyclists do and throw the bidon to the side of the road after taking a drink. Go through loads of bottles every year:laugh: I stopped using plastic bottles a while back and have started using stainless steel bottles instead, they do have a screw top which is not a problem and find them easier to clean plus I dont get the after taste with drinking out of plastic bottles anymore.
     
  12. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    Won't the metal bisons knock folk out as you through them into pedestrians?


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  13. bicyclos

    bicyclos Part time Anorak

    Location:
    West Yorkshire
    Too expensive to throw away the metal ones....
     
  14. david k

    david k Hi

    Location:
    North West
    i just rinse but now i think i may try harder lol
     
  15. buddha

    buddha Veteran

    A few weeks ago I used my hack bike. Left the bottle in the cage.
    A week later, I used the bike again. Half way to the shops I needed a drink. Took a swig.
    Hmm ... tastes of penicillin. Had a look and there was sentient* life growing inside the bottlexx( . Nice.


    *compared to most people in south london.
     
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