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Old 12-01-08, 08:34 PM
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camelbak?

Hey guys I guess the inner mountian biker in me cant say goodbye to carrying gobs of **** and water while riding a bike so I guess that brings the question does anyone ride with a camelbak hydration pack? i currently have a camelback chaos and i am looking into one or to other packs for my road bike i was looking at either the camelbak slip stream https://www.amazon.com/CamelBak-Slip-.../dp/B0019DCDUW or the camelbak octane xc https://www.bikeradar.com/gear/catego...ctane-xc-28678 does anyone know anything about these two packs and are they any good for road biking?

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CamelBak is coming out with a pretty wicked new system for roadies for 2009. It's what Slipstream/Slipstream-Chipotle/Garmin-Chipotle have been using since last season in TTs.
The system is basically a sleeveless base layer with a 75oz bladder built in and a hose that's short enough to keep from bopping against your knees, and long enough to stay near your mouth.

Keep your eyes peeled, I'm definetely getting a few when they come out.
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Hey, if the one you have already hold water and all your stuff, and is comfortable, then I don't see much reason to get a different one specific for road. If you get a more compact one it may be a bit less bulky (and aero!) but that would likely hamper its ability to carry all of your stuff as you originally intended. Either use the one you have, or go for none at all. Using two large bottle you can carry at least 1.5L of water, as well as the essentials in a saddlebag and Jersey pockets. It works for 99% of roadies, so it must be doable.
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I have a Slipsteam. It is the only way that I can stay hydrated and keep up with stronger riders. Camelbak's are not commonly used by roadies but they are certainly applicable. It is a subjective decision that only you can decide. I tend to use mine for long, unsupported rides.
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I use one (the classic) for long rides in Texas in the summer. I think it works great, but I'm a fred. They'll all laugh at you, but you'll be hydrated.
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Originally Posted by DARKSCOPE001 View Post
Hey guys I guess the inner mountian biker in me cant say goodbye to carrying gobs of **** and water while riding a bike so I guess that brings the question does anyone ride with a camelbak hydration pack? i currently have a camelback chaos and i am looking into one or to other packs for my road bike i was looking at either the camelbak slip stream https://www.amazon.com/CamelBak-Slip-.../dp/B0019DCDUW or the camelbak octane xc https://www.bikeradar.com/gear/catego...ctane-xc-28678 does anyone know anything about these two packs and are they any good for road biking?

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i used to use camelbacks a while ago, but these days i just carry two (or three) water bottles, and rely on getting refills from stores and whatnot.

but many randos use camelbacks on long rides, and i can see why! running out of water really sucks, that's for sure.
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Old 12-01-08, 09:25 PM
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Have one. But rarely use it.
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Old 12-01-08, 09:29 PM
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I tend to use it pretty regularly.
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i use mine.........on my mountain bike. do whatever works for you
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I have three cycling-specific camelbaks. I don't know their model names, but they serve distinct functions. The small one is quite small and extends a two-bottle ride. The medium one has the 75 oz bladder and enough of a pocket for a jacket and some additional food. The large one has the 100 oz bladder and enough storage for layers and food.

I have no issues using them. My rides can involve serious changes in altitude, as much as 7,000' of elevation change (much more in accumulated climbing), and lacking in services, so a camelbak is exactly what I need for enough water, clothing, and extra calories. Just go try them on and don't think that one will meet all your needs. I choose the appropriate one for the ride I am on. Anything over 40 miles and 5,000' of climbing gets a camelbak.
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I use one... I have to. I hate hate hate stopping and ride 5 hours weekend days
also 3 hours nightly

gotta have the bak when you ride unsupported


if any other roadies snicker at my kit...well that's when I drope the hamer.
no laughing up front where it's just wind noise
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Old 12-01-08, 10:49 PM
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I know roadies that do and love them. However for me I have found them to be a bit of maintenance. I do use the new Camelbak bottles which are great. For me simple is better. If you like yours don't worry about what others think. I have never heard anyone say anything negative about the guys in our group that use Camelbaks on our weekly road rides.
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And even if you do get a few snickers, so what?
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I started using a camelbak classic after I tore my right distal bicept and couldn't grab and pull the water bottle.

I now use it all the time even though my arm is 95% functional again. Short rides... long rides... doesn't matter. The camelbak is also great in the winter time, when you have those lobster claw gloves and you don't want to fumble with a water bottle.
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