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timstone 06-09-10 05:22 PM

Hydration bladder question
 
So I picked up a hydration bladder at walmart...cost me $30...figured I could use it on some long rides and also has room for me to put a snack or something else in there.

It seemed pretty straight forward...add water, bite down and sip...I'm biting down...and sipping...but nothing is coming out?

Am I just this stupid?

trek2.3bike 06-09-10 05:28 PM

If it's a Camelback there is a switch on the mouthpiece that has to be turned. On mine the mouthpiece is blue and the switch is yellow. Yours may differ. The switch prevents leaking when you are on the way to your ride site.

chinarider 06-09-10 05:55 PM

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Originally Posted by trek2.3bike (Post 10938304)
If it's a Camelback there is a switch on the mouthpiece that has to be turned. On mine the mouthpiece is blue and the switch is yellow. Yours may differ. The switch prevents leaking when you are on the way to your ride site.

Also make sure the tube isn't kinked or compressed.

DX-MAN 06-09-10 11:09 PM

Yours is the Outdoor brand, and they work decently well. Have had four now, over the years, pass them down to the kids when I decide to get another. Have only pitched one since '03.

What I DO recommend is getting the Camelback Big Bite Valve, and replacing the crappy OEM one. And, yeah, make sure everything is run cleanly, no kinks or binding in the tube. If all that doesn't work, drain the bladder, pull the hose off, and blow through it to make sure it flows AT ALL.

Crank Turner 06-10-10 12:34 AM

I think I have the same one that I bought to replace my Camelbak that disappeared. Mine doesn't have a shut-off switch.

I didn't have that problem. Did you pry the hole open? I had to pry mine open the first time I used it.

Only complaint I have is that it doesn't flow as well as my old Camelbak. It takes more effort than it should to get the water.


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