The Bottle Pod is a water bottle cage mountable storage solution designed to fit all the essentials needed on a ride. Created by a company called MilesWide Industries, it’s one of a series of storage solutions that includes a favorite, the Sticky Pod.
Like the Sticky Pod, the Bottle Pod zips completely open and features dividers to keep items organized. Unzipping it makes for easy retrieval of small items and offers a small workspace for trail side repairs. Whereas the Sticky Pod is designed for use in jersey pockets or packs, the Bottle Pod is shaped to fit a bottle cage and tote gear on the bike.
On the Trail
On short rides, we prefer to leave our packs behind, opting instead to mount tools and emergency supplies on our bikes. Our preferred method of carry in this scenario has been a waist pack. Storage solutions like the Sticky Pod are ideal for transferring trail essentials between packs without leaving something important behind. The Bottle Pod offers an additional / alternative option for spreading out the load.
The Bottle Pod fit securely in use; the rubber dots on the outside offer additional friction to help the cage retain the bottle. That said, we have yet to try it on a cage mounted on the bottom of the down tube of our dual suspension bikes, (a cage location we’ve rarely utilized) out of concern or the possibility of it rattling out on long technical descents.
Typical applications on the Bottle Pod have been in urban ride scenarios, where a minimal amount of water is required. It is ideal storage and carry solution for urban commutes. While the Bottle Pod is secure in the cage, unlike seat bags, it is quickly and easily removed, and since most packs feature a water bottle slot its easy to carry.
The Bottle Pod is water resistant, easy to clean and is sized to easily fit a road tube, levers, mini pump or C02 & inflator, pre-glued patches, mini-tool and keys. I’ve also fit my LED lights and battery for night rides. While there are other water bottle storage solutions available, the Bottle Pod is the best executed and usable design we’ve seen to date.
The Bottle Pod lists for $24.99 and is available at Miles-Wide.com.