Best water bottles for cycling: Stay hydrated on the go

A hand reaching down to a Fabric cageless water bottle, the rider about to drink mid-ride
(Image credit: Fabric)

While often overlooked, the humble water bottle, or bidon if you prefer to use the more traditional term, is very much appreciated by riders of all kinds. Whether you subscribe to the Lycra league, dub yourself a hi-viz hero, or prefer to do your joyriding in jeans, all cyclists need to stay hydrated, and giving some thought to what makes the best water bottles for cycling stand out among the competition can go a long way towards optimising your time on the bike.

Staying hydrated is incredibly important. Not only can it severely help your performance, it's just a simple fact of general safety: if you don't drink enough and become dehydrated, you risk serious health complications. Even a little dehydration can affect your ability to focus on the task at hand and make snap decisions when faced with obstacles and road hazards. 

Mildred Locke

Mildred joined as Reviews Writer for Cyclingnews and BikePerfect in December 2020. She loves all forms of cycling from long-distance audax to daily errand-running by bike, and does almost everything on two wheels, including moving house, and started out her cycling career working in a bike shop. For the past five years she's volunteered at The Bristol Bike Project as a mechanic and session coordinator, and now sits on its board of directors.

Since then she's gone on to write for a multitude of cycling publications, including Bikeradar, Cycling Plus, Singletrack, Red Bull, Cycling UK and Total Women's Cycling. She's dedicated to providing more coverage of women's specific cycling tech, elevating under-represented voices in the sport, and making cycling more accessible overall. 

Height: 156cm (5'2")

Weight: 75kg

Rides: Stayer Groadinger UG, Triban RC520 Women's Disc, Genesis Flyer, Marin Larkspur, Cotic BFe 26, Clandestine custom bike