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water for longer rides

Old 08-04-06, 10:08 PM
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water for longer rides

So I've just started cycling a couple months ago now and don't really know too much. I'd like to join some local team so I figured I should do some base building first (or at least that's what someone told me I should do). So I've worked my way up to 80 miles every other day now and I keep running short on water. 2 bottles on the bike, 2 in my jersey pockets, and the other pocket stuffed with food. For 80 miles it seems I need between 5-6 bottles worth of water. How do you guys carry enough water for longer rides? Oh and I've tried camel baks but I really don't them because they make my back sweaty and hot.
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Old 08-04-06, 10:21 PM
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Is this a joke?
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Old 08-04-06, 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by oneradtec
Is this a joke?
what?
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Old 08-04-06, 10:31 PM
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Is there nowhere along your 80 mile ride to stop for water?
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Old 08-04-06, 10:36 PM
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no it's all open country...corn fields mostly. if there were towns I think I would have thought of that already.
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a) Try to find larger bottles that fit your cage and pockets if you can.

b) Try one of these:

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4342

or these:

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4342

c) Suck it up and live with the Camelbak... I'd rather have a sweaty back than get dehydrated (ask me how I know)

Good luck.

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Old 08-04-06, 10:48 PM
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no it's all open country...corn fields mostly. if there were towns I think I would have thought of that already.
This is probably one reason why Joel wanted to go to Princeton instead of the University of Illinois.

Seriously, go with the Camelbak if there really is no water on your route. I mean it can't be much worse than carrying water bottles in your jersey pockets.
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Old 08-04-06, 10:51 PM
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I feel your pain; I hate wearing camelbaks.
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Several different solutions you can try:

- a saddle or handlebar bag of sufficient size to hold either your energy bars or an additional water bottle.

- additional water bottle cages mounted on the handlebar.

- saddle-post-mounted bottle cages as previously mentioned.

- last but not least, not very chic but will not make your back sweaty like the camelbak: Get a military surplus H-harness & web belt, and put hip canteens on them.

- Somebody else in a thread elsewhere suggested a beer hat.

Hope this helps!
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Old 08-04-06, 11:27 PM
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Dude, I drank 12 water bottles on a 60 miler yesterday. I was well hydrated beforehand to boot. U sure your getting enough water?
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wow really? when i was doing 50-60 mile rides last week 3-4 bottles seemed fine, after 80 miles i did feel more drained than usual, but i figured that was because i didn't bring enough energy bars (i brought three).

haha i like the beer hat idea. too bad it wouldnt fit around a helmet. and i had no idea there were so many places you could fit water bottles. thanks for the help everyone.
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well, most of the way I was riding into a mild head wind and it was about 102 out.
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Since my bike doesn't have braze-ons.... I use the rack in the picture. I was thinking about the Profile aqua rack, but the one i bought allows me to keep my saddle bag.
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what the butt? i go through a 70ounce camelback in less than 2 hours and i still feel dehydrated.
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Originally Posted by SaintAndrew
what the butt? i go through a 70ounce camelback in less than 2 hours and i still feel dehydrated.

Ive got a 74 oz, I quit wearing it because its too hot, but i could run through it pretty quick as well.
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Originally Posted by Dead Roman
Ive got a 74 oz, I quit wearing it because its too hot, but i could run through it pretty quick as well.
did you fill it with ice cubes? i fill my bladder with as many as it will take and then fill the rest with water. it keeps me pretty cool.
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Originally Posted by SaintAndrew
did you fill it with ice cubes? i fill my bladder with as many as it will take and then fill the rest with water. it keeps me pretty cool.

Yeah, Fill with ice cubes and fill the cracks in with water. I think I just consume alot of water, and Im still have a little fat on me, im probably not as effecient at cooling yet as some of you guys. Since i shaved my head though ive been feeling better.
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Originally Posted by jciv03
Since my bike doesn't have braze-ons.... I use the rack in the picture. I was thinking about the Profile aqua rack, but the one i bought allows me to keep my saddle bag.
May I ask where you got this? Not being able to keep the saddle bag is my main reason for not adding the aqua rack.

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Originally Posted by 40-Dan
May I ask where you got this? Not being able to keep the saddle bag is my main reason for not adding the aqua rack.

Dan
+1. It'd be nice not to stop; and there's a thirty mile stretch where I can't stop, anyway.
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Originally Posted by jciv03
Since my bike doesn't have braze-ons.... I use the rack in the picture. I was thinking about the Profile aqua rack, but the one i bought allows me to keep my saddle bag.
There goes your light bike. You're REALLY gonna feel those bottles when you climb out of the saddle.

If you ride essentially the same route each time, and it's all corn, then why not put some water caches out? Stockpile some clean milk jugs filled with water. Who's gonna take them? Racoons?

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I'd go a different route if I were you.

Surely there's a town or at least a store within a 40 mile radius of where you live.
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Originally Posted by stea1thviper
no it's all open country...corn fields mostly. if there were towns I think I would have thought of that already.

Either get a support wagon to follow you, or ride somewhere else.
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can you just do a couple of shorter loops and use your house/car as a resupply point?
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