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Old 01-04-17, 08:25 PM
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Camelbak question

I got a Camelbak-type (cheaper knockoff, but still good quality) hydration system for Christmas, used it on my New Year's Day ride to test it out. Worked pretty well, other than I didn't have a good way to secure the nozzle so I modified it by zip-tying a plastic clip on it to attach it to one of the plastic D-rings on the straps while riding.

Anyway, my question is what's the best thing to do with the bladder once you've returned home? I washed mine out but drying it out seems to be pretty difficult since the bladder collapses flat and air can't get inside that well to dry it out. I'm just afraid that mold will grow in it if I don't dry it out.

I'm planning on getting a dowel rod and mounting it on a wooden base so I'll have a way to hang it up and dry it out after use. I don't plan on using it every time I ride, but mainly on my longer distance rides, so I don't really want it sitting around wet for a long time growing mold.

What do you do?
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Old 01-04-17, 08:40 PM
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Milton , I hate to be the one to tell you this , but please think of it as constructive . You have violated a rule of the Velominati . First please read rule # 1 , then rule # 32 . If you are riding a mountain bike then sorry never mind .
http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/
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Or you can also buy one for about 10 bucks. Search for "reservoir dryer."
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Fill it up with water and put the dang thing in the fridge.
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NEVER put anything in it but plain water.

Remove the bite valve

Drain any water from the bite valve

Drain by letting it siphon

Remove the lid

Shake out the remaining water

Put the bite valve in the crease between the lid opening and the back of the bladder so it will completely dry.

Hang upside down.

This works in a dry climate as the bladder and hose will completely dry in a day or so and keep mold from growing.

Humid climate and you may need to resort to more aggressive cleaning methods like the brush and sodium bisulfate tablets they sell.

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Old 01-04-17, 10:20 PM
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I got one from Sierra years ago, about $15 from Costco. Big thing! I replaced the valve on it with a Camelback valve from REI. Works really well on the mtb or when I have done solo road rides through the mountains on blazing hot days.

Inexpensive and I read a lot of comments about it falling apart on me. Been about 10 years and not one single problem.
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There is a cleaning brush kit available. REI https://www.rei.com/product/753377/c...FYk8gQoduokAjQ
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I take the lid off and leave it hanging in the garage until I need it again. Never any issues.
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Just put in the fridge. If you aren't going to be using it for a long time the freezer will also work. My old/back up bladder has been in the freezer for 3 years now, no mold. Every now and again fill it up and put a little bleach in it to clean it out. Just rinse it well afterwords.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post


Or you can also buy one for about 10 bucks. Search for "reservoir dryer."
That's an excellent idea. I'll sacrifice a plastic hanger to make one.
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Camelbak and some other camping/sports equipment manufacturers also have chemical treatments for drinking water systems. The REI link above shows the same cleaning kit below for $20 with a couple of the chemical tablets - which is pretty steep, a $10 difference for 2 of the tablets.

Take this for what it's worth, because I never tried it, but I have heard that some people use denture cleaning tablets followed by a good rinse to clean bladder systems like Camelbaks.
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Originally Posted by ClydeTim View Post
I got one from Sierra years ago, about $15 from Costco. Big thing! I replaced the valve on it with a Camelback valve from REI. Works really well on the mtb or when I have done solo road rides through the mountains on blazing hot days.

Inexpensive and I read a lot of comments about it falling apart on me. Been about 10 years and not one single problem.

I've had two of the same model for ten years as well. Bulletproof. Quality zippers. A zillion pockets and compartments. Retractable net for helmet, dedicated slot for tire pump, hooks for keys, etc, etc, etc. I just hang mine upside down in the shower. No mold yet.
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I keep mine in the freezer. No mold issues at all.
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
I've had two of the same model for ten years as well. Bulletproof. Quality zippers. A zillion pockets and compartments. Retractable net for helmet, dedicated slot for tire pump, hooks for keys, etc, etc, etc. I just hang mine upside down in the shower. No mold yet.

Yup, mine is bullet proof! Nice zippers! I don't have retractable net though.
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Originally Posted by ClydeTim View Post
Yup, mine is bullet proof! Nice zippers! I don't have retractable net though.

Are you sure? On each side near the bottom there is a small vertical opening like a pocket. They just look like seams though. They close with velcro. Open those up and out it comes.
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Originally Posted by markwesti View Post
Milton , I hate to be the one to tell you this , but please think of it as constructive . You have violated a rule of the Velominati . First please read rule # 1 , then rule # 32 . If you are riding a mountain bike then sorry never mind .
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The plastic hanger for drying.

Denture cleaning tablets once every few weeks.

Storage in the fridge (or the freezer if not using for more than a month).
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if you put plain water in there and nothing else, it doesn't need cleaning. i usually keep mine on the floor in the bedroom, it is mold free.
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The main problem with a camelbak bladder is that it tastes like one.
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
Are you sure? On each side near the bottom there is a small vertical opening like a pocket. They just look like seams though. They close with velcro. Open those up and out it comes.

Well I'll be, so that's what that is for!?
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post


Or you can also buy one for about 10 bucks. Search for "reservoir dryer."
For the win!
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if you put plain water in there and nothing else, it doesn't need cleaning.
Not ture for the tube. I have never put anything but water in mine and have gotten mold in the tube.
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if you put plain water in there and nothing else, it doesn't need cleaning. i usually keep mine on the floor in the bedroom, it is mold free.
Yikes, good luck with that. I drain and empty mine, put tube in the water fill opening and stick upside down on a handlebar to dry. OP, for hose, see if there is a loop on the front of the shoulder strap to put the hose through.
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Originally Posted by DaveQ24 View Post
Camelbak and some other camping/sports equipment manufacturers also have chemical treatments for drinking water systems. The REI link above shows the same cleaning kit below for $20 with a couple of the chemical tablets - which is pretty steep, a $10 difference for 2 of the tablets.
I have campden tablets (potassium metabisulfite) which I use in winemaking, if that's the same thing (and someone else mentioned above). It works by turning into sulfur dioxide in the water, taking any free oxygen molecules, and then dissipating into the air. So I might give the bladder a metabisulfite rinse after I've used it, then hang it up to dry.
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OP, for hose, see if there is a loop on the front of the shoulder strap to put the hose through.
There is a loop high on each shoulder strap, which I put the hose through, but I didn't like it just dangling. But the mouthpiece wouldn't quite fit into the plastic D-rings down lower on each strap without difficulty (made it hard to concentrate on riding on gravel and trying to fit the mouthpiece in the ring. Zip-tying a plastic clip to the tube made it convenient to attach it either to a D-ring or just the side of the strap. I post a picture later.
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