Friday, July 29, 2011

The Best Money I've Spent on Triathlon

The best money I have ever spent in my life was on my eye surgery in 2005. Seriously, I don't know how I wore contacts and glasses for all those years.

The best money I have spent on triathlon happened last week at Dick's Sporting Goods. (Seriously, can you type that or say it without giggling a little?!) I had gone to Dick's (he he he!) for gel as I had a coupon, but took a detour into the bike section just to see what they had. I don't know what lead me to the wall of "gadgets" but there I stood staring at a wall of water bottle holders, tubes, etc. You know, gadgets. And staring right back at me was something genius.

For many years now I've been trying to figure out the best way to clean my aero bottle and straw. By the end of last season there was mold in both my bottle and straw. Ew! I decided to try my bottle in the dishwasher, which has worked wonders and now is completely clean, but as for the straw I decided to just buy a new one. As this season has rolled along, my straw has begun to get pretty gross. Honest to goodness, I do my best to clean it but the inside of it was beginning to turn colors again. Good grief! I had decided I was going to make my own scrubber out of pipe cleaners and had even decided to make a tutorial to put on this blog. But a $10 find at Dick's Sporting Goods changed all this.


No, I do not have a Camelbak. But the tube scrubber inside this kit worked wonders to clean out my straw. Thank you Camelbak for being geniuses.


Melissa C said...

I (well, Ryan) have one of those kits. You should have seen my look of joy when the movers unpacked it and handed it to me yesterday. It works great on everything! I've been dying withoutvthe bigger brush (ours is longer and narrow) to get gunk out of the bottom of bottles. Ryan gas powdered drink mix fossilized on them, and my camelback is in rough shape since it had to be stored outside of the freezer during the move. Gotta keep the bladders frozen. I wonder if the same will work for the straw?

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

"...took a detour into the bike section just to see what they had."

This usually ends up as quite the costly little adventure for me! Well done on the the $10 cleaner!

tribirdie said...

So true!! I love that little thing!! Also, i've heard soaking in oxy clean will get rid of anything remaining after brushing. :D

Jamie said...

I need me one of those! I can't use my speedfil anymore because there is funky stuff growing in there.

I tried scrubbing it out with a wet paper towel and the handle of a wooden spoon, but that only got so much...

Melissa said...

So which water belt do you use for long runs?