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    Aero Bar Bottles - Efficient (Lazy) Hydration System Deals

    I've pretty much switched to riding aerobars full time and I've noticed "systems" from XLab, Torhans, Profile Design, etc. that place a refillable fluid reservoir with straw between one's aerobars just in the right place to drink without changing position or breaking cadence. Now, I am not a serious competitor to whom every second saved may be the difference between the podium and the pack. I'm just a slow old sod who finds the "forward recumbent" position and efficient for my physique; all the same, I find the idea of super convenient hydration appealing to both my innate sense of laziness and because I'm not yet skilled enough to grab a bottle from off the down tube without a bit of a wobble -- which means I need some clear road to drink.

    Since I'm just a recreational rider, though, the idea of dropping $100 for around 2/3 of a liter of hydration seems a tad ridiculous, no matter how convenient. Anyone know of:
    - Any affordable aerobar drink systems?
    - Any nifty McGyverish hacks to achieve the same convenience for less money? Since I'm not competing and am kinda pokey anyway; weight, aerodynamics and looks are somewhat irrelevant.

    Thanks!

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    Also, does anyone know of useful adapters for "normal" bottles that make them work with the evil proprietary tube/valve systems from Camelbak, Platypus, etc.? I've rigged one up outta small brass plumbing/HVAC connectors but it was heavy and a total ***** to clean.
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    If you've got a dishwasher I'd look on craiglist. THis is the time of year people seem to be upgrading their rigs and clearing out old accesories (at least around here).

    You can get get one of those nice hydration systems for a song. I've seen those multi-hundred dollar hydration systems on sale for $20 - $40.

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    saw one guy rig his behind the seat setup to do the same thing. Just ran a tube under the top tube and up through the aerobars
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    I think I bought the Nathans AP Pro for around $60 and I really like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cvskates View Post
    If you've got a dishwasher I'd look on craiglist. THis is the time of year people seem to be upgrading their rigs and clearing out old accesories (at least around here).

    You can get get one of those nice hydration systems for a song. I've seen those multi-hundred dollar hydration systems on sale for $20 - $40.
    Thanks. I've got a craigslist "alert" setup for the Bike/Bike Parts (or whatever it is called). Unfortunately, I'm in a very low population area -- ~2.67 people per sq. km. here in Siskiyou County CA vs. ~77200 people per sq. km in NYC's Stuyvesant Town—Peter Cooper Village. And, being amidst several mountian ranges, a very MTB focused area. I'm going to keep an eye out; but usually when I see something on craigslist the amount I'd spend in gas to go check it out and get it is close to what I'd save.

    I've noticed, somewhat unintuitively that prices on EBay have gone up even though this is, as you say, the time for people to resell their old toys to pay for newer shinier ones.
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    Senior Member justinzane's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by gazelle5333 View Post
    saw one guy rig his behind the seat setup to do the same thing. Just ran a tube under the top tube and up through the aerobars
    I'd been thinking about something like that. With hot weather and a black frame, it seem that it would require an insulated tube to prevent the large in-tube volume from getting hotter than piss. Any pics for inspiration?
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    Quote Originally Posted by utahp8ntballer View Post
    I think I bought the Nathans AP Pro for around $60 and I really like it.
    Sweet call!!!

    http://www.amazon.com/Nathan-Pro-Whi.../dp/B00BJ6WUSO

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    That's pretty cheap. Nevermind those negative reviews. Take the bite clip off the straw and it eliminates any splashing and is actually easier to drink from. It's easy to fill while you're rolling down the road and fits on most bars because the arms are so adjustable.
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    Minoura sells a bottle mount adapter for handlebars.
    Our solution for decades: remove the plunger like plastic device on water bottle. Insert an appropriate sized diameter/length of plastic tubing (hardware store, Home Depot, etc) and away you go. Minimal expen$e and easy no hands needing hydration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    Minoura sells a bottle mount adapter for handlebars.
    Our solution for decades: remove the plunger like plastic device on water bottle. Insert an appropriate sized diameter/length of plastic tubing (hardware store, Home Depot, etc) and away you go. Minimal expen$e and easy no hands needing hydration.
    Pedal on!
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    Nice! And thoughtfully with photos! Because I've got a bike with an excessively high "stack height" my face is not very far from the stem. In fact, I've been known to bump my chin on the stem when deeply tucked and coasting down hills. I even put padded bar tape on the stem for limited protection. So, I've gotta come up with something that is more horizontal; but you gave me a pretty decent basis for experimentation.
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    You might want to try pinkbike.com . They have a user buy and sell section.

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