Quite a long time ago I bought a couple of those Camelbak insulated bottles. I was not too impressed to be honest. I’ve not tried them with winter hot drinks, but with cold drinks the ice cubes have probably melted within an hour. So I usually say that they keep the drink “a bit cooler, a bit longer”.
Now I’ve had a huge rethink based upon something quite unexpected. Don’t you find that ice cube trays have been pretty much the same for decades? You know – a tray… a tray with big compartments that are awkward to fill, that you have to run under the tap to get out – with a thump and a squeeze…. then you get a couple of ice cubes big enough to sink the Titanic. And then there’s the debate of whether to refill it this time or not… and if you do , does it spill any in the freezer!! But you just do it don’t you? That’s the way ice cubes work!!
Just recently I bought one of those little under the counter freezers from Liebherr. By the way, did you know that all of Miele’s fridges and freezers and manufactured by Liebherr?? Anyway, like all new freezers, it had the obligatory free ice cube tray included in the purchase.
Blimey – look at this – it’s like something from NASA.
Now let me introduce you to this. For a start, it has a clip-on lid on it.
When you fill most ice cube trays, they are flat when you fill them…. this one, you stand on edge to fill it.
You can see the lid quite well in this photo above, and you put the lid on BEFORE you fill it!! In this photo, you can see the water level at about two and a half cubes upon from the bottom. There is a “fill line” right there – difficult to see in the photo. So no more guessing how much water to use – just up to the fill line.
How do you get the water in??
like this. Along one narrow edge (“the top”) there is a hole in the side of the tray. No lid needed, as it traps just the right amount of water inside.
… the water enters the tray through that hole you can see in the centre… you fill it to the level you see in the first photo. Then tip the tray flat and the water travels through those little channels you can see above – filling the ice cube moulds to exactly the right level.
…the photo above is the ice cube tray full and sealed – ready to pop in the freezer with no spills.
Then when it’s time to go for a ride, you take the tray out of the freezer and release the side clips. Because the moulds are very tapered they just easily plop out into the lid – you release the clips and there’s the ice ready for your bottle.
- ….So pretty neat but why is it good for cycling??
- the ice cubes are a tad smaller than I’m used to, so fit down the neck of the water bottle with ease
- the whole tray of ice is around 2/3rds of a cycling water bottle (probably 500ml in a 650ml bottle
- you just put the lot in
- make a completely fresh tray
So I put one tablespoon, not three, of SiS Go drinks powder in the bottom of the bottle first and add about a quarter a bottle of water. Then chuck all the ice in.
Simpleton that I am I should have worked out that if my drinks were not cold enough, long enough, I just had to put more ice in. I still had a bit of ice left after a three hour ride in 21 degrees yesterday. Glorious!!