It may not be the most attractive looking cycling accessory, but the Lifeline brush is a cheap way to reach parts of your water bottles which other cleaning methods can’t reach
Gets at those nooks and crannies in your bottles which are difficult to clean
Cheaper than chips
Doesn’t leave your bottles tasting of dishwashers
Another thing littering up your kitchen
Most water bottles seem to have awkward lips and ledges to their designs, which are hard to get to. If you’re like me you probably give your bottles a quick rinse after a ride and leave them to dry. I occasionally put my bottles through the dishwasher, but not all are dishwasher-safe and they tend to develop a dishwasher tablet taste afterwards.
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When I do give them a more thorough clean, I quite often find there’s a layer of brown gunk which has accumulated around those curvy bits which I haven’t cleaned properly – not nice.
Enter Wiggle’s own-brand Lifeline accessories range, with its bottle cleaning brush. The blue spongy end bit gets up a good lather and you can push it into the crevasses at the bottom of the bottle and in the inside of the lid. Meanwhile the white bristles will scour the sides of the bottle and those corners and remove whatever it is which is accumulating there. They’re quite soft though, so they won’t scratch up the plastic and provide even more nooks for the brown stuff to breed in. The handle is easy to grip and the brush is nice and long, so you can really have a vigorous scrub.
Of course the other option is to throw out your old bottles regularly and start again with new ones – there’s no shortage if you are an avid sportiviste. But this somehow goes against my natural parsimoniousness and preference for brands of bottle which don’t seem to be given away so frequently, so a deep clean is a more attractive option.
All-in-all the Lifeline brush is a useful, cheap solution to a problem which you probably didn’t know – or want to know – that you had.
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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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