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    Seat Pack vs. Camelback

    What's your guys opinions of weight distribution regarding seat packs and camelbacks. I have ~4 lbs. of stuff I carry on the trail (tubes, first-aid kit, multi-tool, etc...) and I was wondering who out there puts there stuff in a camelback as opposed to putting weight on a bike in the form of a seat-pack and vice-versa, how it affects your ride, etc, etc...(I have a camelback Blowfish on the way cause I didn't like the way the seatpack kept swinging around.)

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    i use a Camelbak. I need more water than 2 bottles can supply for most rides, so the Camelbak is a given, why not throw my tools etc in there...
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    I tote everything in a Blowfish or Pricepont Flopak. I don't bother with Seatbags.

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    It depends. If the bottles are not enough and you carry a camelbak, then throw everything inside it. If you dont need a camelbak, the water bottle and the seatpack are OK.

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    I keep a tube, multi tool in a small seat bag and I put everything else in the Camelback. I can never seem to get a drink when I want to with a water bottle and the CB just makes it to easy and convienent to keep hydrated throughout the ride. I have had to stop more to get the water bottle because of trail conditions and wouldn't want my hand off the bars for to long, but on a road or straight away it wouldn't be so bad.
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    prefer no saddle bag & use camelback on longer rides, I hate the rattle of my saddlebag.

    but if I do a shorter ride where I only need one bottle of fluid I will use one just to keep a few tools & spare tube e.t.c...

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    camelbak fo sho

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasclermont
    What's your guys opinions of weight distribution regarding seat packs and camelbacks. I have ~4 lbs. of stuff I carry on the trail (tubes, first-aid kit, multi-tool, etc...) and I was wondering who out there puts there stuff in a camelback as opposed to putting weight on a bike in the form of a seat-pack and vice-versa, how it affects your ride, etc, etc...(I have a camelback Blowfish on the way cause I didn't like the way the seatpack kept swinging around.)
    camelbak fo sho too. i wouldn't want extra weight on my bike cause then like my bike would suddenly weigh more. plus the weight wouldn't even be low and would raise the center of gravity i am sure. i'd rather have it dynamically attached to me rather than statically attached to my bicycle....i think.

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    Sure seems to be a consensus here - I just got my blowfish today and loaded it up and hit the trail sans saddlepack. I was wearing a camelbak anyhow, but the cheapie one I had couldn't fit any stuff in it. Now I can. The weight on my back didn't seem to influence my ride (but the heat sure did). Camelbak kept that H2O cold for the whole 2+ hrs.

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    I like to keep the weight off the bike, so I roll with the Camelbak. I use it on 3 different bikes, just changing the tubes out as needed. I use the seatpack on the road bike, but often still use the Camelback for long [4+ hours] rides.
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    mx_599: I miss Keira lol.

    On topic: Yes, I have to give my vote to Camelbaks to.

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    I guess I am in the minority, but I use a seat pack most of the time. Most of my rides are in the 1-2 hour range so 1 or 2 water bottles is usually plenty unless it is scorching hot out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chone
    mx_599: I miss Keira lol.
    already??

    we can bring her back...but come on, give props to michelle now

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    not really feeling michelle too much either.....

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    I like my Camelbak. Even though its the lowest version there is. I would suggest finding a company called North 49. Its a Walmart brand. But they are 20 bucks Canadian, and they have more pockets than a camel back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riles
    not really feeling michelle too much either.....
    seriously?? hmmm...must be just i thing i have for her. ..and i thought the reddish hair was great too!!

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    Camleback. I don't like sear packs, to be honest I don't like anything on my bike beyond the bike itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mx_599
    seriously?? hmmm...must be just i thing i have for her. ..and i thought the reddish hair was great too!!
    what about Claire Felani(if thats how you spell it) next month or even Angelina....or both ?.......together......??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riles
    what about Claire Felani(if thats how you spell it) next month or even Angelina....or both ?.......together......??
    are you good at photoshop?? get them together and i will make an avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by mx_599
    are you good at photoshop?? get them together and i will make an avatar
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    Lower weight is more efficient but a pain in the ass

    Quote Originally Posted by mx_599
    camelbak fo sho too. i wouldn't want extra weight on my bike cause then like my bike would suddenly weigh more. plus the weight wouldn't even be low and would raise the center of gravity i am sure. i'd rather have it dynamically attached to me rather than statically attached to my bicycle....i think.
    First, I use a camelback exclusively as I don't want to bother with stripping things off my bike when I go into a store.

    That having been said, saddlebags and water bottles result in a lower center of gravity and they also are a more efficient place to put a load as you are not carrying them during standing pedaling. Obviously the Camelbak is more convenient. If you're not racing, I wouldn't worry about it. If you're racing, weight in a saddlebag is better.

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    Then buy a camelbak bladder ...

    Quote Originally Posted by WannaGetGood
    I like my Camelbak. Even though its the lowest version there is. I would suggest finding a company called North 49. Its a Walmart brand. But they are 20 bucks Canadian, and they have more pockets than a camel back.
    Then go out and buy a Camelbak bladder because they are by far the best. A few do OK, most suck, and that includes anything you'll buy at Wal-Mart. Once you've used the big bite valve, you'll never go back.

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    I tend to throw everything in the CamelBak. However, sometimes, I've been known to use a very small seatpack for my tools. This way, I don't have to wiggle out of my CamelBak in order to get at my minitool to make a minor adjustment to my bike. The seatpack I use is small enough that it doesn't require to be strapped to the seatpost. This is important for me because I sometimes need to drop my post down for very technical sections. I used to have this seatpack on my roadbike too but since switched to a slightly larger aero wedge for that bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willtsmith_nwi
    That having been said, saddlebags and water bottles result in a lower center of gravity and they also are a more efficient place to put a load as you are not carrying them during standing pedaling. Obviously the Camelbak is more convenient. If you're not racing, I wouldn't worry about it. If you're racing, weight in a saddlebag is better.
    i was thinking more the bike itself when i made the CG comment

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