Most people spend a lot on money for a light road bike, why then add a lot of weight from water with a CB?
Two water bottles (maybe one) and refill at rest stops.
For me its more about comfort than fashion. I'd rather not have straps under my arms, a backpack not allowing sweat to wick away from body, and a strap across my chest as I suffer through a climb.
I only use the Camelbak if I am going to be away from a water source on a long ride. I prefer to not have the thing on my back but it's better than dehydration.
I have drank over 200 ounces on an 8 hour ride.
Water Bottle on road rides, back pack style hydration on MTB rides...
On road rides, I do not like having anything additional strapped on me. MTB rides, don't want anything strapped to the bike...
The only time I don't use bottles on a road ride is in the rain, wearing a jacket. I will throw on a small hydration pack under my jacket. It is better than animal/vehicle/human debris splashing all over water bottles.
My problem is that I sweat a lot AND I've got a wicked family history of kidney stones and don't want to have one. So I started out using a CB which works well. I stay well hydrated and in the summer, I load it with ice water and it helps to cool your back. This year, I switched to bottles but on long rides carry 4 bottles (2 on the frame and 2 behind the seat.). There aren't a lot of places to load up on water during my long rides i n th e central valley.
I've had some weird looks come my way because of the 4 bottles I carry. But I've used th em quite a bit on my long rides that have a lot of climbing.
You gotta do what you gotta do! If I need the 4 bottles or CB to stay hydrated and not get kidney stones, then I really don't care what anyone else thinks.
Now that I've forced myself to train my short arms to reach down for a water bottle, I'm staying with them. On my last MTB ride, I ditched the Camelback for a bottle.
For the OP - I'll use two bottles, maybe three. The third goes in the back pocket, and I replace the first one I empty with the full one in the jersey to keep weight off my back. If I need more water and/or sports drink, I'll plan my ride so that I pass a convenience store.
I've seen other roadies with Camelbacks, and it looks uncomfortable.
Bottle > Camelbak pack.
i wear a camelbak and i look super cool. so cool, in fact, that elite cyclist passer-by's are so enticed they have no choice but to wave, and i'm all, "psh"
although my back does get really sweaty. im going to get the minoura dual cage mount.
Camelbacks are a pain to keep clean and quickly start to smell like camel breath.
i rode for 10 hours with a very small backpack not dissimilar in size to a camel back. i needed to carry regular shoes and a small towel. it was really really bad. the straps made me sore around the armpits and the back got so yucky and sweaty. i hated it.
If the only problem with bottles is getting a drink while riding, that'll get easier with practice.
I've never used a camelback for road or MTB riding, only for off-road motorcycle competition. But if I was doing a super long ride with no way of replenishing my water supply, I'd do it. Camelbacks are not that comfortable and difficult to clean, but if it's a choice between getting really dehydrated and using a Camelback, I'd use one.
As has been said before roadies don't use hydration packs, it's against the rules.
I bought a small camelback this season thinking I'd need it to survive training for my first metric century that had 10K of climbing on it (the camelback compensating for not being in shape and the extra water for me taking nearly 7 hours......). There was only one place to get water on the route. I also carried 2 water bottles. The camelback made by back feel so hot that I eventually took it off after about 20 miles and threw it into a guy from work's farmland and picked it back up the next day.
I started out as a mtb biker but now I prefer road biking. As a mtb biker I always used a camelback, but now I use bottles and and I love not having something on my back. Georgia summers are hot and humid and the last thing you want is something trapping heat against your body.
[QUOTE=DScott;11711152]"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"
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I said "hobgoblin". That's one very funny word. VERY funny.
Take it back! :mad: