Elite Cycing Fly Bottles – Ride Routine
by Robert Thorpe
by Robert Thorpe
Before every ride I do the same things. Albeit that I’m 56 years of age, I seem to be no different from what I was racing track and field years ago, lining up my shoes, with the socks placed across them and a lucky jacket nearby. These days I go to the wardrobe where my range of jersey hang, carefully select the one that fits my mood, get the matching bibs and socks – it’s important that they match, and the sunglasses – then lay them down neatly on the bed.
Once kitted out, I’ll head down to the kitchen and choose 2 water bottles. Unless it’s mega hot out or I have to take images of a particular bottle, I’ll always choose two 750ml Elite Fly clear bottles. Then I’ll remove the lids and line both bottles neatly, before filling them with Voom hydration powder and take each bottle one at a time and fill them, placing the bottle down and only fastening the lids once both bottles are full.
These bottles will look after me on the ride and it’s important that I choose carefully. Elite have made the opening 20% bigger to improve the flow to the rider, and it’s the lightest water bottle on the market – another important issue. Plus, it uses 30% less plastic than other bottles the same size and that’s also very good, especially for the planet. They’ve made the bottle with variable thickness of plastic, so that the middle section is ultra thin and super easy to squeeze and soft, meaning that it’s easy to grip.
I also like that the bottles come completely apart easily to clean… but that’s another post-ride ritual. If it’s really hot, I’ll take one of the Elite Ice Fly bottles, as I know that the fluid will remain ice cool until it’s needed. Even these bottles weigh in at only 124 grammes.
Finally, I’ll go the utility room and take two Voom bars from a plastic box in there and I’ll lay them down beside the bottles. Then I’ll gather my phone and wallet and place them beside these – now, it’s time to load up. The bike is taken from the garage and I’ll first attach the bottles, then attach the phone to the Quad Lock on the stem, and finally tuck the wallet away, just in case I stop for coffee – and I’m ready.
It’s my ride ritual, I always follow the same pattern – it’s makes me feel comfortable and having the Elite Fly bottles also makes me comfortable, because I know that they’re probably the best bottles in the world and that I can easily grab them from the bike, take on fluid and easily swap bottles over mid-ride.
I know that when I squeeze the bottle, it’s easy and the fluid flows fast and hydrated me, and I know also that the bottle will slip back easily into the cage without me having to remove my eyes from the road. I like things that work well and I like that Elite have produced such an awesome bottle. When I get home, the cap comes easily apart and everything once rinsed goes into the dishwasher at 40 degrees, meaning that I’m ready to carry out the same routine next time. Yes, now and then in life I’ll stray from the path, do something unplanned.
I often haven’t got any idea where I’ll ride. I simply follow the front wheel and instinct. However, the Elite Fly is simply awesome and maybe it should also be part of your ride routine too.