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Old 05-02-06, 12:48 PM   #1
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Which camelback for TT's

Hi, is there a favoured Camelback (or other brand) hydration pack model used by most for longer TT's? I'm looking for something that carries about 2 litres and is aerodynamic. Thanks.
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Old 05-02-06, 12:56 PM   #2
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I have a really small camelback that I use for long endurance rides, but I find that the thing kills my lower back so I stopped using it. There are a few other options you may want to consider. I've seen some of the tri people use the following:
(1) seat tube bottle holder.
(2) big water tank looking thing with a straw that runs along the bottom of the top tube and up through the aerobars so you can drink from the straw without every having to move anything.

I don't know if I've seen TT people use this stuff though.

I did a 10 mile TT last saturday and only had one water bottle. I was too busy over the short to bother drinking, but did drink half because it was soooo hot and I needed to wash down some GU. If it weren't 90 degrees I probably would have hammered through without drinking. I made sure I was really well hydrated before hand though. Most people weren't carrying more than one bottle. Some didn't even bother. Now for longer stuff, like 32 or 40km, yeah you might want to take something, but 2L? That seems like a lot.

Let's get 2roadies and DrWJO in here...they've had really good answers for TT questions...

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Hi, is there a favoured Camelback (or other brand) hydration pack model used by most for longer TT's? I'm looking for something that carries about 2 litres and is aerodynamic. Thanks.
Bobby Julich will sometimes wear a camelback under his skin suit.

edit: Heres a link
http://www.outdoornewswire.com/v/cur...49643d31323433

Another:
http://www.roadcycling.com/cgi-bin/a...iew.cgi/6/1020


An article:
Julich formalizes Camelbak relationship
CSC's Bobby Julich recently signed a deal with hydration system maker Camelbak, putting his use of the company's products on a formal basis. As well as continuing to use the company's RaceVest systemn, Julich will provide R&D testing, giving the company feedback on CamelBak products, and how they can best be developed to fit a road cyclists' needs.

Julich, who is getting a bit of a reputation as a free-thinker with his use of devices like Camelbaks and elliptical chainrings, surprised even Camelbak staff when he turned up at last year's Tour de France using a RaceVest in the team time trial. Camelbak's VP of marketing Sky George told bikebiz.co.uk that he "almost fell off my chair" when he saw footage of the time trial.

However, Camelbak hasn't yet reintroduced the RaceVest, which allowed riders to carry 40oz of water under their jerseys so as not to obscure all-important sponsor logos. It ceased production in 2001. "It was a great product, but one with a very small market," said George.

Julich certainly agrees that hand-free drinking is the way to go for time trials. "Anything that causes you to sit up, out of your most aerodynamic position, could cost you the race," he said. "Being able to simply sip from the hose, situated just under my chin, keeps me in the most efficient position, and not to mention keeps me hydrated."

Back-mounted drinking systems are wildly popular with mountain bikers - the tech desk has lost count of how many muddy mini-backpacks he owns - but road cyclists have always seen them as gimmicky. Maybe Julich's advocacy will change things,and we'll see enough demand for Camelbak to reintroduce the RaceVest or come up with an updated version.

More info: www.camelbak.com
http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?...005/news/04-14

*Answer= He used the RaceVest but it is no longer in production. but any small camelbak would work.
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how long are the TT's? is it really hot? i finished a 20 miler on sunday with water left in the bottle. had it been warmer i probably mine have finished the whole bottle (20 oz). some didn't carry water. they were really fast though :)
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how long are the TT's? is it really hot? i finished a 20 miler on sunday with water left in the bottle. had it been warmer i probably mine have finished the whole bottle (20 oz). some didn't carry water. they were really fast though
Thanks for your replies. I'm looking at doing an 80Km and even a 160km TT later on - that's why the 2 litre capacity.
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i'm too am having little luck finding add'l info. maybe there's a way to tuck just the bladder under your skin suit. less bulk.
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Old 05-02-06, 07:59 PM   #7
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Camelbak 06 Slip Stream 50oz

I just picked up one of these as they are marketed for roadies. Got it off eBay for 29.99 plus shipping. Seems like you are looking for something bigger though. Good Luck. Later.

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZsavers72QQhtZ-1
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