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Old 07-04-04, 07:22 PM
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back pack?

hey im thinkin of buying one of those backpack things with the built in watter bottle bag or something like that any sugestions on the best one?
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Old 07-04-04, 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by trevor
hey im thinkin of buying one of those backpack things with the built in watter bottle bag or something like that any sugestions on the best one?
sry i didnt really make it that clear..im planning on buying thoses backpacks that have the water in them and then a straw comes out that u just slurp from wen u need a drink..so u dont have to reach down for your watter bottle...there i hope thats clearer
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Old 07-04-04, 07:54 PM
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sry i didnt really make it that clear..im planning on buying thoses backpacks that have the water in them and then a straw comes out that u just slurp from wen u need a drink..so u dont have to reach down for your watter bottle...there i hope thats clearer
It's even less clear now.
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They're called Hydration Packs.

Camelbacks are very good and the "benchmark" for these things. There are a lot of companies making them now. Check out the mail order places to see a bunch. www.pricepoint.com www.nashbar.com www.performance.com www.jensonusa.com www.supergo.com

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I reccomend the Camelbak M.U.L.E for your mountain biking needs. It's kind of expensive, but well worth it!
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Originally Posted by DMulyava
I reccomend the Camelbak M.U.L.E for your mountain biking needs. It's kind of expensive, but well worth it!
I completely agree. The MULE holds 100 oz of fluid, and has 3 zippered compartments plus a vented external "stuff" compartment. It also has creature comforts like chest and waist straps, key clip, internal pockets. All in a fairly compact design that hugs your back. I bought one of these earlier this year and I'll never go back to fumbling for bottles.

The MULE seems to be the best size. Not too big, not too small. Perfect for a half-day ride.

Also the beauty of such packs is it keeps your bike looking clean. No more noise from water bottles and tools rattling in seat bags.

I also agree that it's a bit expensive, $80 MSRP. I noticed Universal Cycles in Portland Oregon sells them for like $59 and Oregon does not collect sales tax.

If you think the MULE is expensive, just wait until you see the price of all the cleaning accessories available!
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Do you have a Mountain Co-op in Winnipeg? They sell these water bags with threaded caps on them. They also sell nozzles and tubes. You could connect the bag, tubes, and nozzle together and put it in your own back pack. If i remeber correctly, it would total up to about $40 CDN for all the individual parts. It's a bit cheaper if you construct it yourself and you can use whatever bag you want. However, if you just buy the camelback, there's less work involved.
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Originally Posted by ksy
Do you have a Mountain Co-op in Winnipeg? They sell these water bags with threaded caps on them. They also sell nozzles and tubes. You could connect the bag, tubes, and nozzle together and put it in your own back pack. If i remeber correctly, it would total up to about $40 CDN for all the individual parts. It's a bit cheaper if you construct it yourself and you can use whatever bag you want. However, if you just buy the camelback, there's less work involved.
the only LBS in winnipeg is olyimpia cycle and gords cycle...there ok a guess but i never really looked for the back packs there..they probaly have them i might buy that camel back mule one as u guys were saying so thx for the suggestions
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www.mec.ca sells them for a reasonable price. The Mec bags aren't half bad either, which are cheaper
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another question for hoo ever has thees bags...is it even worth the money to up grede to theese bags....should i just keep a watter bottle handy?
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I have two Camelbacks. One is the Razor which is pretty streamlined and compact. I use that for my sub 3 hr. rides. The other is the Mule which I use on longer rides.

I love hydration packs. Carrying the water on your back isn't cumbersome. I fill my bladder (water holder thingy) about 1/2 way and freeze it. Then I fill it all the way up before the ride and have cool water the whole ride. Plus, I'm carrying an ice-cube on my back! I also have places for all my tools. I carry a mini-pump and some patches, a chain tool, a multi-tool and a spoke wrench. Plus, usually a spare tube and some zip-ties.

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In my opinion this one is the latest and greatest.............

http://www.jansport.com/productdetai...id=21&pid=TK04
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Originally Posted by trevor
another question ...is it even worth the money to up grede to theese bags....should i just keep a watter bottle handy?
I still use a bottle on occasion, especially for storage of energy drinks on the longer rides. I only use water in my Camelback MULE, more of a cleaning issue. The tubing and drink valve could get gummed up with energy drinks. I assume once it gets gummed up, you'll have to run a brush through the tubing (Camelback sells brushes for this purpose). However, with water, I rinse the bladder every ride, and once every couple of weeks, I use a weak bleach solution to clean everything.

I feel the hydration packs are worth it. You can also use them on hikes, or day outings.
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"I reccomend the Camelbak M.U.L.E for your mountain biking needs. It's kind of expensive, but well worth it!"

I also have a MULE and see it as one of the best mountain biking purchases I've made. A 100 ounce bladder for long rides and tons of storage space.
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