- Mountain bikers know the value of carrying tools and spares with them.
- But what if you don’t like riding with bits of metals in your pockets?
- A clever new water bottle design could change how you think about hydration and spares.
Mountain bike technology might improve each year, but you’ll need to make a trailside repair if you ride frequently enough.
Whether plugging a puncture or tightening some loose bolts, riders
must carry appropriate tools and spares with them – or risk being stranded.
But what if you dislike riding with a backpack? That can be an issue on a scorching day, where a backpack limits ventilation. Some riders also feel less safe riding with tools or puncture repair kits in their pockets, knowing that an awkward fall can create a significant pressure point injury.
Balance your demand for water and tools
Philip Finden is a mountain biker who has created an ingenious new water bottle, called the Stache. And what makes it so clever is the ability to carry tools and your favourite energy drink blend.
The Stache water bottle range has a selection of swappable bases. These change the bottle’s fluid capacity in four sizes, from 750mk to 550ml, enabling you to carry tools and spares.
At 750ml, the Stache is a pure hydration bottle. But as you size the fluid capacity down, it creates storage capacity in the bottle’s base for tools and spares.
Reducing your mountain bike admin
Stache is an excellent idea for those mountain bikers who don’t have an advanced frame, with onboard storage.
Specialized has been a pioneer in creating stash compartments within its mountain bikes, but many other brands don’t offer in-frame storage. The Stache configurable water bottle is made from BPA-free polymer. Its tops, storage inserts and caps are recycled polypropylene and the bite valve is BPA-free silicone.
Having completed successful prototyping, Philip is now seeking funds to scale the production of his Stache water bottle.