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Stanley “Adventure” water bottle for cycling


The Stanley Adventure water bottle

If you are seeking a new water bottle for your trike treks or day rides, this might be an option. Stanley, the renowned thermos manufacturer since 1913, now makes a 30 ounce stainless steel water bottle called the Adventure. Their advertising suggests it holds 27 ounces, which of course, it does, however, my good friend and cycling partner Ed Wade says he actually measured a full 30 ounces of water when he filled it. Ed brought one by the house for me to evaluate, telling me he has been using one on his trike and bike rides locally, and is quite pleased.


It has an O-ring for absolute seal in any position.

Here is what Stanley points out about their bottle. Dimensions: 3.1 x 4 x 10.3 inches. Weight: 0.55 pounds empty. Capacity: 27oz / 798mL (Ed got three more ounces into it). With a lanyard securing the cap; a leak-proof lid with integrated ice catch; and a rolled lip, wide-mouth tumbler for unobstructed filling, drinking, and cleaning, the Stanley Adventure Steel Water bottle allows you to ditch the disposables and combine comfort and value with durability you can trust. 18/8 stainless steel won’t rust; naturally BPA-free. Two-stage lid fills, drinks and cleans easily. Leak proof and fully packable. Dishwasher safe and car cup compatible. Integrated lanyard – never lose your cap


Drink from the small top opening if you wish …

So, I looked it over, figured out how it works, and slid it into my ICE water bottle cage for fit. With the derailleur post on a trike, sliding it into the cage is a bit trickier than with my stand-by 26 ounce Specialized Purist BPA-free water bottle, but it does work (since I have no derailleur, I could just cut off that unnecessary post). Once inside the cage, the fit is snug, with no chance it will bounce out. Ed has ridden with one of these recently on some rough unpaved road, and says it stays in place without issue. One feature I discovered, as I studied it in my cold hands on this 43 degree day, is that you can remove the main cap and it turns into a cup for drinking if that is your pleasure. Or, you can just drink through the small cap on top by unscrewing it. Pretty nifty – I was impressed with the design!


… Or, turn the entire cap into an ingenious drinking cup!

With the wide full-access opening on the stainless steel bottle, it can be cleaned immaculately with no problems often associated with water bottles where you have to squeeze a scrubber into the small opening. This one is dishwasher safe and a breeze to keep sanitary. Not only that, but it has a killer look on my ICE Full Fat bush trike. For trike pilots who have an affinity for dark purple grape liquid, you could fill it with wine and no one would be any the wiser. Even if a cop pulled you over for weaving your trike down the bike lane, he would never guess your Stanley was loaded with booze. Hmm, I wonder if they have drinking and pedaling laws?


The Specialized Purist and the Stanley Adventure are both BPA-free.

Anyway, I am impressed with this discovery Ed dropped by this morning. It is a bit heavier than my Purist plastic bottle, but not much. I’ve always had the impression that stainless steel is more sanitary than plastic. It certainly can be cleaned up easier. And in a pinch, you could put some fuel into it and use it as a stove or hand warmer in a survival situation – can’t do that with a plastic cycle bottle! Just don’t pick it up after the fire goes out … ouch.


The Stanley Adventure fits on my ICE bush trike.

If I were to rate this Adventure water bottle by Stanley, at least for cycling, I’d have to say it may be a great choice, but for one potential issue, which may or may not bug some people. The cylindrical shape is constant top to bottom, thus if you have a typical cycling water bottle cage, this Stanley bottle will not conform where the backside of the cage angles inward as a safety precaution to hold common cycling bottles in place (the reason traditional cycling bottles have that indented area that spans the exterior near the top). Is this enough of an issue to dismiss this contender?


I notice a potential problem here. Do you see it?

This issue does not dismiss this water bottle hopeful from competition, the way I see it! Here is my solution, which I have not tried because I don’t want to alter Ed’s bottle, but it seems it would work: With a small ball-peen hammer, I would gently tap an indentation in one spot so that the bottle would conform to the cage. I would not do this all the way around, however. That way, the bottle would pop right into position, without holding itself up off the cage on the bottom, as you will notice in an accompanying photo I took from the side. If this idea does turn out to work as I envision, then I could say this is the perfect water bottle for trike hobos worldwide!


With that, I shall bid you adieu and take a slug of from this Adventure bottle to see it in action:

By the way, click on any photo above to be taken to the official Stanley page for this bottle, which retails for $15.00, or click HERE. If you wish to use your Amazon account, you can get it there for the same price (click HERE for the Amazon page). See ya’ …

stanley-bottle-10Ed Wade stands with his former Catrike 700 and Trike Hobo’s ICE Full Fat on a fine day ride earlier this year. Ed sold the 700 because he is getting a brand new Azub Ti-fly in January 2017.

Ed in action on his Catrike 700:


7 responses

  1. Mike Farley

    Couple of things I wonder about:
    The screw open cap seems awkward for use while riding.
    Doesn’t the stainless steel cause faster ice melt in summer?

    December 6, 2016 at 6:44 pm

  2. trike hobo

    Hi Mike,

    While there are several positive points about this bottle, I have opted not to use it as a cycling bottle on my trike for several reasons. After fiddling with it more subsequent to this post, it became apparent that on my ICE Full Fat the derailleur post was so close that I decided I did not wish to jockey it around as much as necessary to get it in and out of the bottle cage. It is enough of an effort that I would probably delay water breaks because of it, and that is not good. My Specialized Purist slips in and out effortlessly, and I think nothing of getting a drink any time, even while riding. And yes, you are correct that the Stanley bottle does not have a cyclist’s cap, whereby a rider could drink from it while on the go. The small cap of the Stanley must be unscrewed, requiring both hands simultaneously, and the unscrewing, while not difficult, is somewhat clumsy.

    I called Stanley customer service and also asked if the bottle is lined with a polymer coating, as all aluminum water bottles are, as well as some stainless steel bottles. There is no statement about lining on the Stanley website. The question of lining comes up because many liner materials, as even used by Sigg (a top bottle manufacturer) in the past, had an issue with BPA leaching. Sigg has since gone to a new material that tests 100% BPA-free and leach-free. BPA is the material that Nalgene and others used in their polycarbonate plastic bottles for many years, and it mimics the hormone estrogen, and thus not something many folks wish to be picking up while drinking water. The Stanley rep on the phone verbally told me that they use 18/8 stainless steel, a 304 food-grade steel, but she was unable to find any documentation she could link me to stating that on their website. When I asked about lining, she did not initially know what I was talking about, so I informed her of multiple scientific and health-watch websites that discussed polymer linings leaching BPA into drinking water, especially in metal bottles exposed to hot sun or liquid.

    The lining question seems to be answered, at least verbally, however, the fit of the bottle on the ICE frame, considering the very close proximity of the derailleur post to the water bottle cage, is the main reason I would opt for a different choice. I don’t think I will advance to the ball-peen hammer stage of the project at this time, considering the fit issue – probably just as well because I could end up wrecking a perfectly good stainless steel water bottle.

    Oh, and I think you also bring up a good point about ice melting quicker. This bottle quickly picks up the surrounding air temperature, which I discovered during the past 24 hours, as it has been about 30 degrees at night, with a high of 40 during the day. The bottle in the garage is frigid to the touch, but when I bring it into the house, it warms up to 68 degrees (room temperature) within a very short time, perhaps a couple of minutes (did not time it). Logically, if on the trike mainframe in the sun, it would gather heat more readily it seems than my white Specialized Purist bottles.

    December 7, 2016 at 9:11 am

  3. Scott Christophersen

    it appears that it is a single walled bottle which means it has no insulating qualities at all. to make it easier to access your bottle while riding, may I suggest this bottle cage It allows you to remove the bottle sideways. It was designed for small framed mountain bikes that won’t allow you to pull a bottle “up” out of it.

    December 7, 2016 at 10:45 am

  4. trike hobo

    Hey Scott,

    That is a brilliant water bottle cage design! I did not realize such a thing existed – thanks for sharing this with us. Here is a photo of it for TA readers:
    Side loading cycling water bottle cage from Hostel Shoppe

    Yes, pulling that Stanley bottle up and out was really a challenge on the limited space on the Full Fat. This Specialized cage would solve that if the Stanley bottle fit in it, however, I like the Specialized Purist bottle better for ease of drinking while riding, and for pulling it out of the cage, so I’ll stick with it.

    December 8, 2016 at 9:03 am


    18-8: 300 series stainless steel having approximately (not exactly) 18% chromium and 8% nickel. The term “18-8” is used interchangeably to characterize fittings made of 302, 302HQ, 303, 304, 305, 384, XM7, and other variables of these grades with close chemical compositions. There is little overall difference in corrosion resistance among the “18-8” types, but slight differences in chemical composition do make certain grades more resistant than others do against particular chemicals or atmospheres. “18-8” has superior corrosion resistance to 400 series stainless, is generally nonmagnetic, and is hardenable only by cold working.

    304: The basic alloy. Type 304 (18-8) is an austenitic steel possessing a minimum of 18% chromium and 8% nickel, combined with a maximum of 0.08% carbon. It is a nonmagnetic steel which cannot be hardened by heat treatment, but instead. must be cold worked to obtain higher tensile strengths.

    The 18% minimum chromium content provides corrosion and oxidation resistance. The alloy’s metallurgical characteristics are established primarily by the nickel content (8% mm.), which also extends resistance to corrosion caused by reducing chemicals. Carbon, a necessity of mixed benefit, is held at a level (0.08% max.) that is satisfactory for most service applications.

    The stainless alloy resists most oxidizing acids and can withstand all ordinary rusting. HOWEVER, IT WILL TARNISH. It is immune to foodstuffs, sterilizing solutions, most of the organic chemicals and dyestuffs, and a wide variety of inorganic chemicals. Type 304, or one of its modifications, is the material specified more than 50% of the time whenever a stainless steel is used.

    Because of its ability to withstand the corrosive action of various acids found in fruits, meats, milk, and vegetables, Type 304 is used for sinks, tabletops, coffee urns, stoves, refrigerators, milk and cream dispensers, and steam tables. It is also used in numerous other utensils such as cooking appliances, pots, pans, and flatware.

    Type 304 is especially suited for all types of dairy equipment – milking machines, containers, homogenizers, sterilizers, and storage and hauling tanks, including piping, valves, milk trucks and railroad cars. This 18-8 alloy is equally serviceable in the brewing industry where it is used in pipelines, yeast pans, fermentation vats, storage and railway cars, etc. The citrus and fruit juice industry also uses Type 304 for all their handling, crushing, preparation, storage and hauling equipment.

    In those food processing applications such as in mills, bakeries, and slaughter and packing houses, all metal equipment exposed to animal and vegetable oils, fats, and acids is manufactured from Type 304.

    Type 304 is also used for the dye tanks, pipelines buckets, dippers, etc. that come in contact with the lormic, acetic, and other organic acids used in the dyeing industry.

    In the marine environment, because of it slightly higher strength and wear resistance than type 316 it is also used for nuts, bolts, screws, and other fasteners. It is also used for springs, cogs, and other components where both wear and corrosion resistance is needed.

    December 8, 2016 at 9:10 am

  6. I might have asked this before, but anyways: have you tried the ICE Bottle Cage Riser? These not only allows easier manipulation from the seat, but also might help common cyllindrical bottles (as the Stanley) to stay put in the cage.

    December 9, 2016 at 8:14 am

  7. trike hobo

    Hi Alexander,

    I was originally planning on using a water bottle riser on this Full Fat trike, but after getting the trike, and actually sitting on it, I found that the riser idea would have placed the bottle pretty much inline with the area of my body where my legs attach to my torso. In other words, it would have hampered my ability to get into and out of the trike seat without contacting the bottle. I am only six feet tall, so rather than going with the riser, I changed plans and just used a traditional water bottle cage, thus what you see in the photos with this post. Your suggestion is a good one however for either taller Full Fat riders, or riders of standard height street trikes. Thanks!


    December 9, 2016 at 8:35 am