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Old 08-22-07, 09:18 PM   #1
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who rides with a hydration pack?

just curiius as to who else rides with one, personally I do, along with the water bladder(obviously) i keep a small first aid kit, my cellphone, multitool, bike tool and if i know i'll be out someting to snack on when I feel like stopping, oh and a handpump. so what about the rest of you, do you carry a hydration pack or any kind of pack when you ride and what do you carry?
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Yes. CamelBak M.U.L.E. with similar loadout plus semi-frozen water in bladder.
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Old 08-22-07, 09:25 PM   #3
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semi forzen water, never thought to try that
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I carry too much in my camelbak.
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I just ordered a nice sized Deuter. I've been meaning to get a larger hydration pack for a project I'm working towards and after a few recent threads regarding this very subject I settled on the Deuter Exp 12. I will just swap the Camelbak bladder I have between my Mule and this new bag (keep an eye out for a brand new bladder for sale).

I've noticed that I keep missing or losing things as I move them from the saddle bag on my road bike to the crappy-backpack-that-won't-die I use for commuting to my Camelbak so I've started doubling up, if not tripling up on the things like tire levers, tubes and pumps.

I am carrying on about useless information because I'm not in the mood to do my bookkeeping and the Quickbooks window is just sitting there staring at me.
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I ride with a Camelbak HAWG and carry all tons of **** in there.
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I ride with a camelbak. I keep all my tools under the seat, but in the pack, I put my cellphone, wallet, and watch in it. Ive found that mixing a gatoraid in with the water in the pack makes a tasty and energy providing solution. I cant drink gatoraid straight from the bottle, it dries my mouth like a grapefruit does.
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Old 08-22-07, 10:26 PM   #8
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yeah I can't do straight gatorade either, and a flavor drink of some kind helps maskt he flavor when you're bladder starts to get crap growing in it.
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Same here but I only put water inside the bladder. Though some gunk has started to build up in the bite valve and I havent been able to get rid of it.

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the cleaning kit from camelback is great between the tabs and the pipecleaner. If that doesn't work the valve is only a few bucks to replace.
I'm terrible about cleaning mine as well.
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Old 08-22-07, 10:57 PM   #11
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i just get new ones on base, parts for the issued bladder are real easy to come buy, the parts get stashed when guys deploy but they have no need for 5 bite valves when they get back
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I do part Gatorade and water.. gives it some taste without it getting sticky. I've been posting this tip all over bikeforums, but my secret is to put the bladder in the freezer in between rides. It keeps junk from growing in it.
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When you're done with it, rinse it out and store the empty and flattened bladder in the freezer. No gunk. No growth. No nastiness.
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A few hours before your ride, fill it up and stick it back in the freezer for a nice cold drink while pedaling.
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I bought one of the cheapy $20 pricepoint sette packs and so far so good. I've only done one 7 mile ride with it so far but it didn't annoy me like I thought it would. Hardly noticed it was there most of the time other then being drink anytime easily. Did the gatorade and water mix and have been using the storing it in the freezer tip.
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Camelbak Lobo with a CO2 pump, camera, snack and Alien Tool. Sometimes a spare tube if it's a longer ride. I love living less than half a mile from a trailhead...
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just got my camelbak love it but i definitly stuff all kinds of crap in there! Digital camera, tool kit, patch kit, wallet, keys, pocket knife, matches, flashlight, first aid kit.
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I ride with a CamelBak with a 3 liter bladder. Only during longer rides (anything over 20) I am a little heavier than the guys I usually ride with and definately not as in good shape and tend to go thru water like crazy I mix a gatorade bottle with water in the pack and keep my wallet, cell phone, cable lock and snacks in my pack. Tools and extra tubes are in my seat bag. I loved using my CamelBak during the Metric Century I did in April and plan to use again for the Honolulu Century in September. Tried to drink Gatorade earlier this week straight for the first time in over a year and almost spit it back up thought it was funny you guys mentioned that
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If I'm just out for a ride I'll use my CamelBak but for racing I switch to water bottles. The CamelBak traps too much heat against my back.
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Camelbak with:

-Pump
-Extra tube
-Park glueless patch kit
-Extra Powerlink and chain tool
-A couple allen wrenches or bike tool
-Phone, cash, ID
-ipod
-Camera (optional)
-Cliff Bars and Gu's (optional)
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I used to but can't anymore. These days I sling a shotgun on my back and have no room for the hydration pack.
Right, because shooting things is more important than hydration.
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"...Right, because shooting things is more important than hydration..."
junkyard, it is very possible that Zumba is now using a canteen, waistpack, or other method to carry water. Don't be hatin' on Zumba.
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We've had 22+ days of 95+ degree heat, you betta have a hydration pack if you go on a long ride.
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CamelBak MULE for general trail riding, Cloudwalker for commuit or epic off road rides, older rocket for racing and long road rides where there is no place to stop for water.
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