With just 14 hours remaining of its Kickstarter campaign at the time of writing, the rather unique BackBottle, a water bottle designed to be transported in a jersey pocket, has received nearly double its funding target of $7,777.
The BackBottle was created by cyclist Brian Davis, who wanted to carry more water on longer rides, but didn’t want to fit a third bottle cage and definitely didn’t want to resort to a hydration backpack.
So he designed a water bottle shaped to fit comfortably into a regular rear jersey pocket, and be easily accessed while riding, with a wedge shape that allows for single handed retrieval. It’s designed to stay in the pocket and not be ejected the first time you hit a bump in the road, though we’d like to test that out for ourselves.
The BackBottle has a 535ml capacity and weighs a claimed 85g when empty. It measures 8.5in in length, and is 3in wide. The neck has a 53mm diameter opening, large enough to add ice cubes. It’s manufactured in the US from squeezable plastic and uses recyclable parts and is dishwasher safe.
The BackBottle could be useful for cyclists tackling longer rides and might not be able to stop frequently for water. It could also be useful for cyclocross, as many ‘cross race bikes don’t even have bottle cage mounts. And it could be useful for mountain bikers that have a full suspension bike that does allow the fitting of a bottle cage, and don’t like lugging around a hydration pack.
Here are the benefits offered by the creator:
• ride long-don't plan your day route based on refills
• take a drink from your jersey pocket as quickly as a regular cage
• stay aero longer and avoid slowing down for refills in triathlons
• keep riding - don't click-clack through gas stations with your bike outside waiting to be stolen, just keep hammering
• allows your eyes to stay on the road
• be your own support team (or support a teammate)
• reduce your waste by not buying refills on the road
• freeze the bottle and enjoy a cool drink while keeping your core cool
The BackBottle will have a retail price of $12 but there’s a discount for Kickstarter backers, if you act quickly, so you can get one bottle for $10, and two for $18. You can pledge you support for it, if you're quick, here www.kickstarter.com/projects/fixitsticks/backbottle-the-jersey-friendly-...
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.