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What do you think of my reason for wearing a Camelbak on a century?

Old 10-18-07, 08:43 PM
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What do you think of my reason for wearing a Camelbak on a century?

Two water bottles would suffice, as they did last year. Fully supported, lots of water available. But I find that I drink more regularly when I wear a Camelbak. With just bottles, I often wait until I'm very thirsty then take a big, long, pull, nearly draining a bottle in one gulp.

Has anyone else worn a Camelbak for 100 miles. It's a small, 50 oz one. I'll probably only have it half full most of the time.
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yup but it was unsupported. 2L camelback and 2 bottles holds me for 4 hours, so one pit stop and I'm good on water.

If it gets you to drink enough, do what it takes. Hydration is your #1 priority
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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen View Post
Two water bottles would suffice, as they did last year. Fully supported, lots of water available. But I find that I drink more regularly when I wear a Camelbak. With just bottles, I often wait until I'm very thirsty then take a big, long, pull, nearly draining a bottle in one gulp.

Has anyone else worn a Camelbak for 100 miles. It's a small, 50 oz one. I'll probably only have it half full most of the time.
Ive rode close to centuries with my 70oz one. The think I dont like is the added body load and stress on the lower back and ass. I think for my upcoming 109 ill go with a bottle holder that attaches to my seatpost.

something like this bad boy.. https://www.bikemannetwork.com/biking/p/WC1605
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I'm probably going to have room in my trunk bag if I get sick of wearing it.

Yes, I carry a lot of crap when I bike.
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Old 10-18-07, 08:53 PM
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What do you think of the Road Nazi SS shooting you on sight? Ach Der Lieber mein weeniekind. By ze vay, in North Afrika, General Rommel did not permit Camelbaks. Und ve LOVED it!
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I used a 1.5 liter model during my last supported century, along with energy drinks in the cages. Worked out fine for me.

No matter what method you use, you should be drinking every 15 minutes or so.
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Old 10-18-07, 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen View Post
Two water bottles would suffice, as they did last year. Fully supported, lots of water available. But I find that I drink more regularly when I wear a Camelbak. With just bottles, I often wait until I'm very thirsty then take a big, long, pull, nearly draining a bottle in one gulp.

Has anyone else worn a Camelbak for 100 miles. It's a small, 50 oz one. I'll probably only have it half full most of the time.
Does it really matter what we think? What matters is what works for you in getting the century done in the best and most efficient way. If a Camelbak keeps you drinking more regularly, then so do. I for one don't care whether one has a cambelbak or not. My philosophy is to "just ride".
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Old 10-18-07, 09:07 PM
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Camelbaks FTMFW!

'nuff said.
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Old 10-18-07, 09:29 PM
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I've just never worn one for that long. I just like being able to drink without interrupting my spin. I guess there's a technique to getting a water bottle without interrupting one's spin, I just haven't learned it.
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Old 10-18-07, 10:15 PM
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I used one on my last solo century. The next day my abs and lower back ached a bit from it. My legs felt perfectly fine. Sad, right? I need to work on my core.
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Can we start a I <3 PCad group sub-forum?
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Old 10-18-07, 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen View Post
I've just never worn one for that long. I just like being able to drink without interrupting my spin. I guess there's a technique to getting a water bottle without interrupting one's spin, I just haven't learned it.
It's not rocket science - just reach down and grab the bottle, and don't stop pedaling. Try it, you'll get the hang of it.

I wore a camelbak for my first century (before I knew better) - it's just much easier riding without that weight on my back. Also, during century rides now I notice that the camelbak riders are the guys who cut in front of you in the paceline and let a gap develop immediately - then seem not to understand why I never let them in front again the rest of the ride.
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Old 10-18-07, 10:22 PM
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I can't see how it matters if you balance a gallon jug on your head as you ride. Whatever works.
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Old 10-18-07, 10:23 PM
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I got a camelbak before the Gold Rush Randonnee (1200 kms) because I was warned that there isn't a lot of water out there and I would need both bottles and my camelbak. It was fine for the 400 kms I managed on that ride, and I did drink more.

Then I took it on the Last Chance Randonnee (1200 kms). At first, it was wonderful. I drank a lot and it felt comfortable. But by about 750 kms I started having the oddest pains in my arms. I'd never had arm pain like that while riding before. By 1000 kms, my left arm was almost entirely useless, and my right arm wasn't far behind. I could barely hold myself on the bicycle. Of course, by 1000 kms I wasn't thinking clearly either and couldn't figure out why I'd lost the use of my arms.

I kind of lost it about that point, but fortunately Rowan still had his wits about him and figured out what was going on. He pulled the camelbak off me, and told me he would carry it for a while. Within an hour, my arms were completely fine again.

So my one word of caution with regard to using a camelbak is this ... make sure you've got a small camelbak, and strong back.
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I just don't understand why you'd wear a camelback and then fill it half way... so you're going to wear a backpack with a water bottle's worth of water in it? I thought the purpose was to carry more water? Just wear a watch with an alarm going off every 15min so you remember to drink.
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I would rather have a camelbak than carry water bottles. It bothers me when I have cages on my bike, makes it look so cluttered.
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Old 10-18-07, 10:39 PM
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If it works for you, why not? As Pcad would say, they're Frednormous, but sometimes worth it. I wear it low, and don't put a lot of stuff in it, and it really doesn't bother me. I never used one on a supported ride, though.
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Old 10-18-07, 10:49 PM
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Originally Posted by xg43x View Post
I would rather have a camelbak than carry water bottles. It bothers me when I have cages on my bike, makes it look so cluttered.
So you think it looks better with a camelbak? I'm just sayin....
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Doesn't matter, camelback or water bottles. If you drink cause it's there, then that's the wrong reason to drink on a century. You should drink cause you know you need to drink whether it be camelback or bottles. I'd say you aren't properly trained to do a century.

Sure Camelback will help you carry more water, make it more convenient, but you have the wrong idea about drinking at the present time!
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I like my camelback use it all the time- I have never had any problems with it.
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thats a LONG time to have that much weight on your back. Good on a MTB where you are more upright, but killed my lower back when I tried it on a roadie ride.

I'd rather stop MORE then carry more weight on my back then needed.
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I use a 2 liter one on self supported centuries and longer if I know there are going to be limited options for water stops. I usually start drinking from the Camelbak first before drinking from the bottles. Wearing one hasn't bothered my back.
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Originally Posted by xg43x View Post
I would rather have a camelbak than carry water bottles. It bothers me when I have cages on my bike, makes it look so cluttered.
And the camel back is such a fashion statement
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Old 10-19-07, 06:47 AM
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You can do a whole century without stopping with a Camelbak and two bottles. Very convenient. Or you can look better and stop. Or you can stuff extra bottles into the pockets of your jersey (very elegant).

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if it helps you drink more than use it...hydration is key.....I did a century in Aug, they had plenty of rest stops, and 2 bottles was just fine for me.
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