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Old 05-06-13, 12:10 AM
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Cool Hydration Setups?

I've ridden enough over the hot side of Eastern Washington to know that it's fun to ride in extreme heat so long as you can effortlessly drink fluids with heedless profligacy. I like the Camelbak when it's holding frozen water on a hot day. Otherwise, I'd prefer to have no weight on my back when I ride.

I'd like to read about (or see) any cool hydration setups that work for you.
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the bike carries over a gallon of water. four and a half liters as pictured.

Thats looking NW on one of the lakes to the east of the crest between Cle Elum and Seattle, on the iron horse trail.
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I carried a bladder inside my Jandd frame bag for my excursions into the desert.


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There's nothing cool about mine. I have two cages and I replace the standard bike bottles with scavenged one-liter soda bottles, one of which has a squirt top. More volume, less weight that way. For touring, I add one 2+ liter platypus bladder to each of my two panniers and fill as needed. If six+ liters isn't enough (it always has been), I could take another platy--they only weigh just over an ounce each. I always have room in my panniers for the volume. On day rides, the two liter bottles have always been enough if I start hydrated and get to water at the end of my ride, or have a place to refill mid-ride. I live and cycle in Arizona.
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Water bags/bladders are a simple way to carry an extraordinary volume of water. They also double-duty well as shower reservoirs.

If you want cool/cold hydration, steel vacuum bottles will work, although much heavier and bulky than bladders. Also you can carry ice in small soft-side cooler.
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