HIDDEN TREASURES IN THE TOOL DRAWER: H2Old School.
Look what I found in the garage. A couple of perfectly-preserved, unused relics from the dark ages of cycling hydration.
Do they even make this style bottle anymore? A cursory search yielded nothing. Not that I’m hungry to get more of these pains-in-the-asses.
No easily-removed, threaded top. No siree. You’ve gotta pry that thing off, sometimes (in colder weather when the plastic got stiff) with your teeth. And with that narrow opening you can forget about getting ice cubes in there on a warm day. Not without running the ice cubes under the faucet to melt them down into slivers first.
And that little isthmus of plastic connecting the top to the neck? Good for about 10 uses before fatigue caused it to break.
There’s a reason that screw-top bottles are the standard now. A great, big duh.
All that said, I’m glad I found them. Memories. I got the Mercatone Uno one (several, actually) to match my Bianchi Mega Pro XL Pantani replica. Then I put this one away. The Lowe one (in that early ‘90’s, pebbled-heather gray) came with a pack and, also, was stashed away. Neither have been used. I think it’s time.
Time to fill ‘em up, put on some Beck or PJ Harvey (shout out to Rhys), lube up the RockHopper with the Manitou fork and head up onto the trails. A little retro ride is in order.