Ever been cruising down the road on your bike (or maybe trucking up a big hill) and suddenly wished for a drink of water? Most bikes come equipped with water bottles that fit into small cages mounted on the frame. Taking it out for a swig is easy, it’s the putting it back that’s more interesting.
We’ve all been there, gazing awkwardly between our legs, trying to return the bottle to its cage, while steering the bike at the same time. Best case, we have to stop; worst case, we have an unfortunate meeting with the ground. Anthony Goldman was tired of this frustrating problem, so he designed something better. The Koala Bottle features a unique magnetic ring that helps your bottle hug the bike, no matter where on the frame you place it.
As Gizmag explains, “the system consists of a normal-looking water bottle with a metallic ring around its neck, and a polycarbonate bike-mounted cradle with two integrated curved magnets at the top.” The cradle can be placed just about anywhere on the bike, so if you don’t like reaching down under the saddle for your water, you don’t have to. Then, when it comes time to return the bottle to its resting place, you just have to get it in the general area, and the magnets take care of the rest, pulling the bottle in with a satisfying “click”.
The cradle is completely open along the top, so cyclists can simply reach straight down to remove or replace the bottle, instead of having to first slide it out of a cage. This small adjustment makes it much easier to keep eyes on the road where they belong.
The Koala Bottle system is available via the company website, priced at US$27 for a 21-ounce (621 ml) bottle, and $29 for a 24-ouncer (710 ml). The bottle rings can be purchased for $8 a pair. Learn more about how Goldman was inspired to invent it in the video below.