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Norder, 22: How I cycled 2154 km from Netherlands to Czech Republic

Jalte Norder

Jalte Norder

It was one of the August evenings of 2019. We were sitting in a Parisian pub at our mutual friend Angelina’s birthday party

I talked to a tall young Dutch guy that joined our company a couple of minutes ago. His name was Jalte Norder and he was absolutely serious: he was cycling from the French capital to the Czech Republic.

Moreover, it was only a part of his way. Having started in Assen in the north of the Netherlands, he cycled through five European countries and eventually made a 20-day bicycle trip on his own.

Unless you’re planning to only take your bicycle around the block, it would be prudent to invest in a best bicycle water bottles. For obvious reasons, every cyclist should keep hydrated in order to go a further distance in shorter time. Interesting enough, fears of carrying too large a bottle due to increase of drag friction has proven to be false. Of course, that doesn’t exactly mean that one should load up his or her bicycle for 500 lb person full of bottles either as you’ll be the one having to carry all that weight around, literally.

How About Cycling with a Cold Drink?

These days, the cycling bottle comes in all sorts of fun and interesting features to capture the consumer’s attention. For instance, you can now easily get ice cubes in your water bottle by picking the wide-mouth design. Of course, to further complement that option, your cycling water bottle should also be insulated so your cold drinks will remain cold, and your hot drinks will remain hot.

Always Consider Easy Access to Your Liquid

Even the bottle lid itself comes in two variations – you can opt between the screw-on lid and the snap-on lid according to your own personal preference. Logistically speaking, it would probably be best to get the cycling bottle with a straw to minimize the distraction while riding the bicycle.

Personalize It!

Manufacturers have also played with the material composition of the bottle (that ranges from steel, to plastic and carbon fibre) as well as colours and design. Pro-environment users should get the water bottles made up of recycled aluminium material. Probably one of the more abstract water bottles would be the hemispheric shaped bottle reputedly shaped to provide better ergonomics while also improving the aerodynamics of the water bottle.

For cyclists who are prone to be hypochondriacs, do consider getting the bottle that comes with built-in water purifiers to prevent bacteria or any other form of virus from getting into your immune system. Not sharing your bottle with other fellow cyclists would also be highly advisable. After all, the bottles are mass produced, and that means that virtually anyone can afford one, even sans bicycle.

Kirill Filimonov
Kirill Filimonow is managing editor of the Baltic Review Russian bureau. Collaborates with Russian, European, and American mass media. Knows Russian, English, and French. Lives in Moscow.

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