Triathletes often use water bottles that attach between the front handlebars of the bicycles. Sticking up and out of the bottle is a straw that allows the athletes to drink without removing hands from the bars. Modifying an old plastic bike bottle with a straw is an inexpensive way to get a straw-equipped bike bottle. The key to success is making sure the straw is long enough to get the liquids in the bottom of the bottle.
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Things you need
- Power drill
- Clear super adhesive
- Rubber O-ring
- Heavy-duty plastic straw (as long as the bottle with 5 extra inches)
Measure the straw against the side of the bike bottle and ensure it is as long as the bottle with 4 to 5 inches extra length. Remove the rubber nipple from the water bottle by pulling it hard and out from the centre of the bottle cap.
Drill out the centre of the bottle cap, or use a small, sharp blade to cut the nipple housing out from the centre.
Slide the O-ring around the straw and push the straw into the hole of the bottle cap. Push the O-ring down and into the cap so it acts as a barrier between the straw and cap, thus giving an extra liquid retention barrier.
Squirt the clear super adhesive around the edges of the cap where the straw enters the hole. Squirt the upper and inside of the cap around the straw and let the adhesive dry.
Fill the bottle with the liquid of choice and screw the straw-cap combo onto the bottle.