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Biting Through the Bite Valve

I carry a water pack behind the seat on my Tour Easy, with the hose over my left shoulder and the valve captured by a magnetic thingie pinned to my shirt. On a recent ride I hit a substantial pothole while drinking from the tube and managed to bite completely through the miracle plastic “Bite Me” valve, mostly due to clenching my teeth in concentration rather than from the impact.

Bitten bite valve

Bitten bite valve

A few days later my dim consciousness finally took note that the water kept draining down into the pack between sips: every sip came with a mouthful of air.

A year or so ago, the original valve developed a nasty case of embedded gunk and I picked up a quartet of Genuine Nalgen valves (or a credible imitation thereof) from the usual eBay supplier. I wonder if the reservoir and tubing will outlast the remaining two valves?

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