Bikerumor pic of the day sub-zero temperatures during chicago bike ride

Photo submitted by Thomas Kehrer, “Snapped this photo right when the snow started to fall this morning here in Chicago. Any pointers on how to keep my bottles from freezing? Sub zero temps aren’t going to stop me from riding this winter.”

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  1. A splash of bourbon (or whatever else you fancy) helps keep the bottles from freezing. There should be a chart somewhere of how much you need for any given temperature.

    Rubber side down!

  2. Agreed, I have a couple of CamelBak insulated bottles, and only use them for winter riding. Start with luke warm water in them and they’ll take a long time to freeze.

  3. I like the CamelBak snow bowl pack with the small bladder and insulated hose. Keeps the water under the jacket and warm enough not to freeze.

  4. Water around the spout of even an insulated bottle will freeze…I found that out the hard way yesterday during my snow ride. I had tried a hydration bladder earlier and my hose froze solid (what do I know? I am recent transplant to cold-weather climes from Florida!). Getting frozen spouts loose was a challenge, for sure.

  5. put em in your back jacket pocket. kept thawed for 4 hours saturday at a high of 2 below. my insulated polar bottle with water, electrolytes, and grey goose froze on the down tube.

  6. when its really cold i put boiling water with a bit of cordial in my second bottle so by the time you get to it, its a pleasants temp as well as some much needed sugar. Add this in with insulated bottles and it will do you a treat.

  7. Turn your bottle upside down. Ice is less dense than water so it will float to the top (the bottom of your upside down bottle) and not clog the spout. This doesn’t prevent it from freezing solid eventually but it will buy you some time (and liquid water).

What do you think?