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View Poll Results: How do you use it?
For road, only summer or when i train 7 17.95%
For MT., All the time 10 25.64%
Both Raod and Mt. 13 33.33%
I don't own one and will only use a bottle! 9 23.08%
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Old 08-02-02, 05:06 PM   #1
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Hydration pack

Im wondering how many of you use a hydration pack and for what. When i first got mine about 2 years ago i loved it and now i still do. I take it on all my ride and every thing.
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Old 08-02-02, 05:12 PM   #2
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Well...I was wondering the same thing. I'm a rodie, but received a Camel Back for my bday recently. I don't see many roadies using them. Do manely mtn bikers use them?
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At my local trail that is all they use. If you use a bottle it gunked up with mud(well thats why i use my camelback). But i have to say that i get some weird looks when im on my road bike and have it. It just works so much better than a bottle.

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Old 08-02-02, 05:52 PM   #4
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I like my hydropack thingie!

it holds two lites of water, adn well... I drink like a fish!!
I can go through that much in an hour easily when its as hot as it has been.
it also holds a tube, levers and a multi tool better n a seat bag...
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I really don't like the Camelback for long road rides. It gets hot and heavy and it prevents the perspiration on my back from evaporating. Bottles are cheap and effective.

I do, however, use a Camelback on my cyclocross training rides. I don't have bottle cages on my 'cross bike, so I have to stow my water somewhere. My cross rides are never as long as my road rides.
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Old 08-02-02, 06:14 PM   #6
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I love my Camelbak, mainly because I can stuff lunch in there for longer rides, and because it does a great job of keeping the water relatively cool.

It holds a first aid kit, speed inflater, a Clif Shot or two, and the ever-important Towel.
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I like the hydration pack on the road as well, as I can take much more than two bottles of water, it's more convenient to use, and keeps water cool longer when I half fill it with ice cubes at the start. And of course there's the carrying capacity for tools, food etc.

It is a little warmer and sweatier but I think the advantages outweigh that factor.
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Old 08-02-02, 06:49 PM   #8
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No hydration pack for me. Wearing one of those would be like wearing an extra jumper, and if I do that in Queensland, I'll fry all my organs.
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I wear my Camebak mainly on long rides, or on very hot days.
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Old 08-02-02, 08:30 PM   #10
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the wife bought me a 60 oz brand-x at wal-mart in May.

I use it on every ride. summers are warm in East Texas.
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I use my Camelback whenever I am going to ride for more than an hour. Essentially that means all the time. Occasional trips to the store, af friends house within an hour or to a destination where I can easily refill the bottle are occasions for the bottle. Any other ride, I use the CB. Carries snacks, cell phone, wallet and much more if needed.

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Since I only ride in mountains and rarely road work (even then I am still pushing a mtb) I would say it depends. If I am going for a quick 10K where I don't 'think' I will be doing any technical or strenuous climbs I won't bring it. If I plan for a day of intervals or just plain exploration of the mountain single tracks I bring one. Most of the trails around here climb forever and are really steep I made the mistake of not having one when I did one of the tougher trails. I almost passed out (SOOOO STUPID). Thi was a 2.5 hour VERY technical and difficult climb and then a 45 minute downhill.

So in short. It depends.
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I typically use my 100 oz Camelbak on longer rides or when mountain biking. The insulation keeps the water cool (60/40 ice / water mix an hour before hitting the trail) for about 6 hrs in the summer FL sun..
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HEHEHE you live in Fl you know what i mean when i say that the bottle does not stay cool at all. Thats really the main reason that i got mine, but now i use it for every thing!

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I've never experienced that "bottle taste" with a CB either. Course, I don't use it for anything but water and ice either. Flavored stuff always goes in the bottle.

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Camelbacks seem more like a mtb thing. In mountain biking youj got singletrack. The trails are not easily predictable (if you don't know it). On the road it seems easier to use a water bottle, moutain biking it seems better to use a camelback. Its also easier to keep hydrated. Just keep sipping the water vs. gulping it with a water bottle.
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On long solo rides I always take the Camelback on my MTB, I remove the bladder to carry food and tools, two bottles on the bike and buy extra water along the way.
It is only a small "back" about 1.5litres/50oz, so I never notice it.

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