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Old 06-02-18, 02:31 PM
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First 20 mile ride

Took my first 20 mile ride today. Had a blast. The second 10 mile loop was rough. Still ended up with an average time of 10.6 mph. I was pretty happy with that riding my pawn shop bike. So what are some good options for carrying water. I am considering a Camelback.
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Old 06-02-18, 03:12 PM
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Kudos.

Water bottle cages are my preferred method. Carrying water on your back can make you sweat and the water can get quite warm. Cages also move the weight lower to the ground. Most bikes can take two cages, some more, plus you can add a soft cage under your seat.
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Old 06-02-18, 04:03 PM
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I have one cage I'll add another and see how it works.
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Nice work! Did you do two of the same 10 mile loop? Or was it a single loop 10 miles out and 10 miles back down the same route?
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd View Post
Nice work! Did you do two of the same 10 mile loop? Or was it a single loop 10 miles out and 10 miles back down the same route?
I road through the neighborhoods here near my house. There are several that adjoin each other. I've experimented some to I have routes I will take for shorter rides. Kind of mix it up a bit. When I get comfortable and after I get a road bike I'll venture out some.
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Good Job! I like to think of each additional 5 as my next goal...Once you feel good at 20 push that pawn shop bike to 25...You can then treat yourself to the next bike.
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Old 06-02-18, 09:07 PM
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Good Job! I like to think of each additional 5 as my next goal...Once you feel good at 20 push that pawn shop bike to 25...You can then treat yourself to the next bike.
supposed to ride with the inlaws and some of their friends next weekend. They will be on their roadbikes. One of their "easy" 24 mile rides..... lol.... I dropped mine off this afternoon for a tune up. The only work its had done that I know of. At least now it should work properly. I've been eying a flat white Fuji at the shop. Now is just not the time though. I'd like to upgrade after the first of next year. Can't wait for my next bike...
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Originally Posted by Weakbikr View Post
Took my first 20 mile ride today. Had a blast. The second 10 mile loop was rough. Still ended up with an average time of 10.6 mph. I was pretty happy with that riding my pawn shop bike. So what are some good options for carrying water. I am considering a Camelback.
I like the insulated Polar 24 oz. bottles. Fill it half-way with ice and top off with water and it stays cold for a couple hours.

If you are already using a bag on your rack, some people will put a camelback bladder in there, instead of on their back.
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When you start hitting distance records, you tend to motivate yourself for longer runs soon. As long as the right conditions are met. I like putting a goal or destination on my longer runs, and plan ahead for them. There's a Festival coming up near me. Just so happens, a trail can take me there from about 30 miles away. Will be a nice ride. A good break with some carnival food,drinks, and entertainment. Followed by a relaxing ride back.
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Old 06-04-18, 08:56 AM
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I've not done this....but I've seen a couple people on a trail I ride use a big Camelbak but strap it to the rear rack and have a really long hose that rests on the top tube so they can easily reach down and grab it while riding.

So they get to carry a large volume of water and put all the weight on the bike frame instead of their back. They don't get the giant sweat patch on their back from wearing a Camelbak. And it's still easy to drink without stopping.

Mounting the bladder on a rack is easy. I have no idea where you get a really long water hose though. REI maybe?
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I'll check into that. I dont have any racks on my bike but I have considered putting one on to increase the utility of the bike.
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