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  • Drinking is for wussy. HTFU.

    14 36.84%
  • Normal bottle in normal cage on frame. Why change it?

    12 31.58%
  • Aero bottle in cage. Wind tunnel says so!

    5 13.16%
  • Narrow tri- bottle between aero-bars. I don't like to get off the bars when I'm in the pain zone.

    1 2.63%
  • Camelbak/some other weird contraption. Explain

    6 15.79%
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    Geosynchronous Falconeer recursive's Avatar
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    Drinking during TT

    How do y'all do it?
    Bring the pain.

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    camelbak! everyone glares at me, but i know i'm right.
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    Aero and thirst quenching.
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    I saw Ulrich in a TT get onto his bullhorns, grab his bottle, take a drink. Coast, shake the legs out for 2 or 3 seconds, then get back into the aero bars. I don't remember what TT it was, but he won.

    I say go for 5 seconds of comfort during your TT. It may buy you some power back, and it's not going to cost that much. I know a lot of people who don't drink in anything under 40K, but I drink when I normally would.

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    Last year I did the traditional water bottles/cages. I'm no top 5 finisher (just a top 15 CAT 4 on good days in my area) and it works for me but I'm sure I lost several seconds reaching down and grabbing a bottle (and it sucks on a compact TT frame). This year I'm trying the Profile Design Aero bottle since I'm doing tri's and duo's this year. Some folks do the camelback under the skinsuit deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recursive View Post
    How do y'all do it?
    I mix the vodka and tonic BEFORE the start. Separate bottles is just too hard...

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    reach down
    grab bottle
    open valve
    squirt liquid of choice in mouth(damocles makes a good point)
    close valve
    return to frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrennie View Post
    reach down
    grab bottle
    open valve
    squirt liquid of choice in mouth(damocles makes a good point)
    close valve
    return to frame
    I'm going to print that out, laminate it and tape it on my stem. That's perfect!
    Bring the pain.

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    Glad to help.

    I run a arundale bottle but I get so caught up in the suffering i never drink

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    I decided to vote from my incredibly limited experience of one 15K: NO bottle needed. I probably would still leave the bottle off for anything less than 30K. Above that, a friend gave me a tip that camel backs can be very useful. #1) Place under jersey. Enjoy aero benefits of the added hump and #2) run tube right by mouth. Eliminates step #1,2,3,5 and 6 from the above step-by-step.

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    whiskey makes you strong

    if it could dull the pain of amputations for centuries, it can get you through a TT.
    Patience - Consistency - Motivation

    I literally put our 9.11 watts/kg for 12 hours.

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    Really depends... .am I thirsty? How hot is it?
    Please remember that all statements unless quoted, are strictly my opinion of what happened. That there are as many opinions as there are spectators attending. I just choose to publish mine on this forum. And would NEVER intend to purposely hurt or discredit any other cyclist.... With that said... HTFU!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfrogge View Post
    Really depends... .am I thirsty? How hot is it?
    Ok, let me provide a little more guidance. How about the following scenarios:

    • thirsty
    • not thirsty
    • hot
    • not hot
    Bring the pain.

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    If you hydrate properly before the race and it isn't hot as hell, anything under 30-35k no bottles are needed. That said, I usually grab one in case I feel like I need it. What's it going to lose me? 1.5 seconds? I don't care that much.
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    >25k - yes

    <25k but >15k - maybe (only if REALLY hot...love to dump the water on myself halfway through)

    <15k - HTFU

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    I've only done TT's less than 20K -- no water needed. So HTFU.

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