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’ …
Ed in action on his Catrike 700: