For your late August rides, when the summer temperatures heat up and the sun beats down on you, it is important to stay hydrated. But like with your bicycle, your riding gear and your helmet, staying hydrated is an opportunity to have a bit of fun and show your personality on the bicycle.
Cycling water bottles are a great way to stay hydrated, and they are designed to be easily grabbed, opened, and drunk from. When it comes to carrying them, you have a few options. If you are wearing a cycling jersey, you can put it in a rear pocket, but if you’re commuting, wearing normal clothes, or just don’t like having the weight of a water bottle on your back. It is also possible to attach a water bottle cage to your bike. While most of these are boring and standard, Portland Design Works has a series of bottle cages with a bit more personality.
We love their most recent cage which is fun, cute, and effective. Rather than simple arms or a band to hold your bottle, The Portland Design Works Otter Cage looks like an otter hugging, and holding tightly to your water bottle. While it is cute, complete with details like etched whiskers, and paws, it is also supremely effective.
The single piece of stamped aluminum weighs only 2 ounces and perfectly balances a secure fit, that means the bottle won’t fall out or rattle in your cage, while also being easy to pull a bottle out of to drink. I recently used this bottle cage on my bike over the course of a 4-day, 370-mile bike trip and my bottle stayed perfectly in place, and easy to access over every bump, curb and sharp turn.
Bring your water with you, but don’t be afraid to show a bit of your personality while you do. If otters aren’t your style, Portland Design Works also makes a series of other cages including dogs, cats, sparrows and owls. Biking isn’t boring, so your accessories shouldn’t be either.
$25 each; 2 colors; ridepdw.com