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Old 10-17-05, 06:01 PM   #1
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Training rides and Water Bottles

I tried keeping my freaking water bottle in my jersey pocket but its just terribly uncomfortable. How the hell do you carry a bottle of water on a pista on those 20+ mile training rides. Any ideas?? besides drilling mounts haha.
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Old 10-17-05, 06:05 PM   #2
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do you put it in the jersey pockets horizontal or verticle? also i think there is such a thing as a more comfy and ergonomic shaped one that is meant to slip in jersey pockets? ive always been comfy with a few in my jerseys...

i think it was discussed once before, but you can get mounts and attach a bottle carrier to your bike without drilling, there are hose clamps or something with plastic rings so as not to damage paint, etc.
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http://www.keithstriathlon.com/Searc...CategoryID=146
scroll to the bottom; Profile makes a similar thing too.

There are also clamp-on water bottle mounts that you can put on your tubes or seat post, as well as models that go on the front of your bars. Or you can just wear a camelbak.
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Old 10-17-05, 06:06 PM   #4
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get one of those seatpost mounted cages... you can take them off when you want to be cool again.
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[cough] Camelback
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I like the idea of just using standard hose clamps with maybe some innertube underneath to secure a standard water bottle cage to whatever part of your frame you want. Cheap, easy to install and remove.
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Old 10-17-05, 06:51 PM   #7
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I use a mountainsmith pack that will hold 2 water bottles in the side pockets.
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Old 10-17-05, 06:57 PM   #8
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Toss a bladder inside your msgnr bag.
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i put mine in a jersey pocket (a bit uncomfy) or use a camelback for 40+ mile rides. if you want to go ultra low budget, you could probably get by zip tying a cage to your frame and i think that would hold. i haven't tried though.
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I carry three bottles on me for most rides. One in the cage and two in my back pockets. When the one in the cage is empty I rotate a full one in. I carry the larger bottles (22 oz.??). This will usually last me around 50-60 miles depending on the temperature.

I never really thought about comfort, I guess I am just used to it. I do like a snugger jersey, otherwise the bottles flop around and hit you!

What is so uncomfortable?
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I use two tacx 500ml bottles one in each jersey pocket they fit well, they're comfortable and are easy in and out. I photograph about 25 triathlons a year and I have seen hundreds of bottles go flying out of the seat post mounted bottle holders after riders hit a decent bump in the road, but I'm sure you could prevent that with the right bottle, whatever works!
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i definitely wanted the profile design seat-post mounted cage--two cages, actually. but it was like 30 bucks.
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I have the profile bottle mount, and it's been pretty good to me. It does work itself loose where the cages mount, though. The Minoura look good and is a great price. Thanks for the link to Keith's Triathlon.
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If you're only going out for an hour or so, prehydrate and skip the bottle.
There's no way to drink (unless you have team support) in a 40 minute CX race so you have to prehydrate.

Or put a bottle in your shoulder bag.
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I double sticky taped (the thicker strong type) and tie wrapped a bottle cage to my frame. Its held up solid for months in all kind of weather.

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prehydrating works a lot better for low-intensity stuff. or for building up your buffer. its not going to prevent you from getting dehydrated; you'll just dehydrate a little bit slower.

prehydrating is, by the way, drinking a lot of water for 12-24 hrs prior to an activity when you want to be hydrated. by "a lot of water," anywhere from 1 liter the night before, 1 liter the morning of, or half-liter every hour...
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my rides are typically just a high mph 35 mile ride on a hilly route with the typical oklahoma flats between. good for building muscle and spinning. These are more than an hour. I suppose i should try carrying bottles with one of my tighter jerseys. My problem is their tendency to flop around and basically be annoying.
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[cough] Camelback
I agree with PlowBoy. A Camelback is a good choice for training rides, as it holds tools and food as well.
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See this page for descriptions and photos of various solutions:
http://www.nordicgroup.us/cageboss.htm
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