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.
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.
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.
It's a cheap plastic container with a lid, let's not get excited.
It holds tools securely and out of any rain.
It doesn't actually have to do much, so it's holding up fine.
Light plastic, lighter than a saddle-bag.
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.
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.