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Verdict: 
Cheap simple effective secure watertight tool holder; someone will tell you how to make one for free from an old bottle though
Weight: 
65g
Contact: 
www.decathlon.co.uk

The B'Twin Tool Bottle is a cheap, effective and dry way of carrying tools on your bike.

You can easily fit a spare tube, some tyre levers, a multi tool and some puncture patches in the 500ml hollow of the B'Twin Tool Bottle, with a little bit of room to spare for any other tiny tool preferences you may have, or some keys, or café cash, or lucky gonk. There's definitely enough room in there for the ride essentials. You might need to pad things out a bit with a bit of rag or something to stop all that rattling around, depending how snugly your bits and bobs fit together.

Once all your kipple's in the top screws down to keep everything secure and watertight, and slotted in a bottle-cage it will stay safe and unnoticed until you need it.

There are benefits to using a tool bottle over a saddle-bag to carry your kit. It's easier to get to stuff for starters. You can just hoik the bottle out of the cage and not deal with the faff of unstrapping a saddle-bag or fiddling about with bits while it's still under the saddle, watching things topple into the gutter, and then fingers-and-thumbs strapping it back on again. It's quicker to find the bits you need as the hole in the top is bigger and easier to access than that of your normal seat-pack. It's also a lot more waterproof, something those that have had to dry off the sodden contents of a saddle-bag after a five-hour wheel-spray soaking will appreciate. The downside is that it takes up space where a water bottle could be, troublesome if you like to double up on bottles, or have a frame-fit pump covering the other set of bosses.

You don't have to put the bottle on your bike though. It'll handily keep all your tools and bits clanking around in the bottom of your commute rucksack too, bruising your lunchtime banana.

The B'Twin Tool Bottle just works. It's a cheap as chips, simple way of carrying tools and spares, the screw-top lid isn't totally waterproof but rain and spray has to make an effort to worm its way in. Tidier than an old chopped water bottle.

Verdict

Cheap simple effective secure watertight tool holder; someone will tell you how to make one for free from an old bottle though

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road.cc test report

Make and model: BTwin Tool Bottle

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Fits into bottle cages instead of a standard water bottle.

Watertight for carrying tools and protective layers in the event of rain.

Big opening for easy access to contents.

500 ml

 

It's a plastic bottle for carrying tools and personal belongings in a bottle-cage. It does that.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Plastic container with screw top. Recyclable, not approved for food use.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
5/10

It's a cheap plastic container with a lid, let's not get excited.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

It holds tools securely and out of any rain.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

It doesn't actually have to do much, so it's holding up fine.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10

Light plastic, lighter than a saddle-bag.

Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

At a couple of quid it's a fraction of the cost of a seat-pack. Someone will be along in a minute to tell you how to make one for free.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It kept all the useful ride bits and bobs safe and secure in a bottle cage.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Carries stuff, easy to get to stuff, kept stuff secure and dry.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Takes the place of a water bottle.

Did you enjoy using the product? Enjoy is a big word for a tool bottle. It did its job.

Would you consider buying the product? No, I'm a saddle-bag kinda guy.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, if they were a fan of such a thing.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 47  Height: 180cm  Weight: 73kg

I usually ride: It varies as to the season.  My best bike is: The one I\'m on at the time

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, cyclo cross, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Fun

 

Jo Burt has spent the majority of his life riding bikes, drawing bikes and writing about bikes. When he's not scribbling pictures for the whole gamut of cycling media he writes words about them for road.cc and when he's not doing either of those he's pedaling. Then in whatever spare minutes there are in between he's agonizing over getting his socks, cycling cap and bar-tape to coordinate just so. And is quietly disappointed that yours don't He rides and races road bikes a bit, cyclo-cross bikes a lot and mountainbikes a fair bit too. Would rather be up a mountain.

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Dr_Lex [500 posts] 4 years ago
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Nice use of the word 'kipple'.
I bought one of these recently- great for easy swapping between bikes. Sadly too short to take a mini-pump.

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Man of Lard [345 posts] 4 years ago
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Tool bottles are ace - personally I prefer the 700ml Elite one that Decathlon sell but some people will baulk at spending £4  1http://www.decathlon.co.uk/750ml-elite-tool-box-id_8315517.html

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nowasps [524 posts] 4 years ago
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I use an unadulterated bottle for the job. Holds a mini pump ok, but it's a pain getting stuff in and out through the, well, bottle-neck.

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The.MVP [13 posts] 4 years ago
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Had one for years. Lasted well and does exactly what it says on the tin. More convenient to switch between bikes than a saddle pack.

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bikebot [2116 posts] 4 years ago
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I wish someone would make a 750ml tool bottle that opened in two halves along its length. The smaller bottles are fine, but the larger ones need long fingers.

Or maybe put a cap on both ends... or unscrew in the middle... hmmm. Give me a few hours to think about this, and I'll have something for kickstarter!

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Beefy [379 posts] 4 years ago
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Vittora produce a bottle sized case which opens with a zip down the centre. Fits in a bottle carrier perfectly. Fits a tube, mini pump, tool and some other bits. Only problem is if you are going on a longish ride you quickly run out of drink with only one bottle.

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ped [310 posts] 4 years ago
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Beefy wrote:

Only problem is if you are going on a longish ride you quickly run out of drink with only one bottle.

Duh—you put your second bottle in your jersey pocket in the space made available by moving your tools to the bottle cage: http://road.cc/content/news/147463-backbottle-jersey-pocket-water-bottle...

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stem [40 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm thinking of putting my lunch in one of these for the ride to work.

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Reparto Corse OC [4 posts] 4 years ago
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I use a similar Trivio product (it looks like it's a generic "your name here" product). If you tape the lid with electrical tape its sealed for the worst of rain. The labyrinth created by the screw threads does a pretty good job on its own though, it's great for a low weight Tufo tub and a CO2 with a multi tool and flat Conti tyre levers. I also packed two with tubes and noted the valve length on the lid, so I can take the right one depending on what depth wheels I'm using.

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dafyddp [467 posts] 4 years ago
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if you drilled a hole in the top you could use it to carry a drink

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bikebot [2116 posts] 4 years ago
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ped wrote:
Beefy wrote:

Only problem is if you are going on a longish ride you quickly run out of drink with only one bottle.

Duh—you put your second bottle in your jersey pocket in the space made available by moving your tools to the bottle cage: http://road.cc/content/news/147463-backbottle-jersey-pocket-water-bottle...

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Or get an extra bottle cage that mounts to the seat rails!

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tehcrash [17 posts] 4 years ago
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bikebot wrote:

Or get an extra bottle cage that mounts to the seat rails!

Instead of using a saddle bag and looking like a fred! This is genius!

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Martyn_K [277 posts] 4 years ago
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Great for winter riding to keep your pockets free for a cape but then the summer kicks in and i want two bottles.

Puncture kit then goes in an old race cape pouch tightly squeezed with a couple of elastic bands. It then resides in the pocket where the winter cape lived for the previous few months.

There must be an easier way to carry all this stuff, maybe i need a team car?

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nniff [304 posts] 4 years ago
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Mine contains:
Two lightweight tubes
Two C02 cylinders and valve thingy
A mini tool
A chain tool and a powerlink
One tyre lever
A small patch kit
Some anti-oily hand gloves.

One downside - after a coming together of me, the tarmac, a bend, a hill and a big bank of nettles, the black bottle proved really hard to find in the vegetation after it fell out of the cage. Still, the remainder of the group hunted diligently and successfully for it while I looked for dock leaves and brushed myself down.

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bikebot [2116 posts] 4 years ago
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tehcrash wrote:
bikebot wrote:

Or get an extra bottle cage that mounts to the seat rails!

Instead of using a saddle bag and looking like a fred! This is genius!

So with that in mind, if I were to take a £2 bottle and put it in a £5 rail mount, how much do you think people might pay so as to definitely not be mistaken for a Fred?

Just toying with a little business idea...

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mike the bike [1220 posts] 4 years ago
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As the author correctly predicted some clever-dick will suggest using any old bottle. Well, I am that clever-dick but it's not any old bottle, it's a plastic Horlicks jar.

That's right, first you drink the bedtime soother then you peel off the label and bingo - a screw-top bottle that's a good fit in your bottle cage and holds everything you will need.

It's an anonymous grey colour, complete with a blue top and looks as if you just paid say, £1.99 for it.

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Meaulnes [70 posts] 4 years ago
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Not soup, I hope?