Tired of the taste of hot water in your plastic cycling water bottle? Or maybe you just hate having to squeeze the bottle to get water out, which can make cheaper bottles leak water out the side of their lids, and all over you. Well both of these issues are solved by Bivo, a new stainless steel cycling water bottle that we love.
The Bivo is the same size as a standard cycling bottle, which means it will still fit in your bike’s water bottle cages. It has a sharp design with a non-slip silicone coating in a variety of handsome matte finishes. Since the bottle is made of stainless steel, you don’t get that same squishy grip as with more traditional bottles, so the silicone coating is a welcome help.
The bottle uses a single wall of stainless steel, so it won’t have the insulating properties of other stainless steel bottles in your life, but this helps keep the weight down, as does the 21-ounce capacity (the standard as for most cycling bottles). The stainless steel helps avoid that gross plastic taste that comes on a hot day, or when you leave your bottle in the cage for a week. And unlike other bottles, when the Bivo reaches the end of its lifespan, the stainless steel is fully recyclable. And in keeping with environmental pursuits, Bivo offsets their products to be a carbon neutral company.
Of course, as a stainless steel bottle, you can’t squeeze the Bivo to get water out in a hurry. That might have you worrying about a slow trickle, but the Bivo counteracts this with tech they created called “Gravity Flow.” When you unscrew the cap of your bottle, you see a long rubber straw that reaches the very bottom of the bottle. Now if this were a traditional straw, you’d have to leave the bottle vertical when you drank from it, so the straw could reach the water at the bottom. It’d be a pretty unnatural way to drink water on a bike.
But rather than being for water, the straw is for air. When you turn the bottle upside down and above your head to drink, as you do with most cycling bottles, air flows through the straw to the bottom of the bottle, above the now inverted water, preventing the bottle from creating a vacuum that would make the water struggle to flow, and come out in unpredictable spurts.
Instead, the water flows out smoothly, and quickly, with the help of gravity. Turn the bottle upside down with the mouthpiece pulled open and the entire bottle will run dry of its own accord, quickly. Want water even faster? A little drinking motion drains the bottle incredibly fast, great after a hot commute. Even absent the exhausted squeeze of a water bottle, you’ll get all the water you need.
Since the bottle uses the straw for air rather than water, and you can’t squeeze it, it does make it nearly impossible to drink from the bottle while it is right side up, but this drawback is limited by the way we drink water on a bike. But you might just notice it if you use the bottle at your desk.
The bottle comes apart easily for cleaning, and even comes with a narrow brush for cleaning out the rubber air straw. If you’re tired of the same old same old with your water bottle, hate the taste of plastic, or want a more refined look on your bike, the Bivo is a great addition to any bottle rack.
$39; 4 colors; drinkbivo.com