Coloral Thermos Bottle
Over a century old, Le Tour de France has gained notoriety for being the toughest, most gruelling road race in the world. In 1903, of the sixty cyclists that started its first race, only twenty finished.
Covering a distance of 3,500km, cyclists travel through treacherous mountain passes of the rugged Pyrenees and snow-topped Alps, and end at the grand Champs-Élysées in Paris.
In the golden age of the 40s and 50s, a time of legends and bitter rivals, a metal ‘bidon’ was the container that riders used to carry water.
The most recognisable bidon was Coloral, a fluted alloy bottle with a cork stopper and tooled cap signed off with a scripted logo. Riders didn’t just reserve them for bottling water, but also to preserve a simple blend of milk and sugar that kept energy levels high during competitions, and even wine when celebrating victories.
Despite its cult status, Coloral’s production dwindled and ceased completely in the mid-1950s due to manufacturing pressures.
Driven by an enthusiasm for cycling and with a hope of reviving the bottle using modern day materials, we set out on a journey.
We delved into the British Library Company’s archives to learn the history of Coloral, visited vintage bike festivals, steel spinning factories and observed the traditional methods used in the original production line
- 18/8 food-grade brushed stainless steel
- Vacuum insulated for hot and cold drinks
- Original fluted design • Steel screw cap • Cork base
- New specification fits into bike cages and cup holders
- Safe, non-leaching and toxin free
- Durable and reusable
- 14 fl oz, 400ml
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