Homemade Camelback

I spent last summer using a belt clip water bottle, it was kind of annoying having that thing swing around on my waist but it did allright. Last winter I began playing with my family’s collection of old backpacks and fanny packs and came up with the idea of taping an old gatorade bottle to a worn-out pair of construction worker’s tool pouch suspenders. I replaced the metal clips with string, set it up backpack style,then set it aside until summer. I tried it out last week and it had the disadvantage that it slipped off my shoulders, a problem quickly solved with a little more string.
I used it the other day in 85 degree weather and it did just fine. When I wanted a drink I simply took off my waterback pack, drank some , then put it back on without dismounting or anything. It is very lightweight and doesn’t make me hot or sweaty. If I saw womeone hiking or unicycling with a similar arrangment I would simply think that they wanted some water.
I don’t think you need any special storebought material to make one of these, I suspect any old pair of suspenders or backpack strapping would work just fine. The most important material involved in the process was immagination! carjug

I wanted to do the same thing. A few months back, I noticed that the syrup containers for fountain soft drinks have changed. Now they are in these double walled plastic bags. They are supported inside of a 3-4" high cardboard box. The outlet is a big-ish fitting about 1 1/2" diameter, but there is a valve that doesn’t allow anything in or out unless you push on it. If you can get the nut that goes on this fitting for a good price, you could make a real cheap camel back, with disposable bladder. Hey, the one I got didn’t cost me anything, I just asked for an empty one. The bag is designed to be sucked dry. There wasn’t a drop left in the one I got.
So I need to contact one of the suppliers for these things to see if I can buy the hardware to attach to the bag.

Hmmmmm. Carjug… over here ‘suspenders’ are something completely different. I, for one, would not wish to be seen unicycling with a bottle of water attached to my suspenders…

It would ruin the line of my pencil skirt…

But if you want to try a cheap home made Camelbak, why not take a 10 foot (3 metre) length of hose? Surely you ride next to the river sometimes?:stuck_out_tongue:

I most certainly would not use a ten foot length of hose to drink from a river around here, there is usually a cattle farm somewhere upstream and drinking water from such a source can lead to a case of “The Trots”. Said cattle are not choosy about where they use the restroom. Perhaps English Cattle have better manners.
Please please please never :o tell me what suspenders are on the other side of the pond. I blush with shame already! carjug ;@)}