How do you hydrate while riding?

hey everyone how do you hydrate yourselves on rides?
I was using a Camelpack but didnt like wearing it all the time so I tripped to REI and p.u. one of these for my 360 Coker and it clamps on to the seat post and keeps 2 bottles at hands reach anytime.
And no more cleaning the camelpack all the time

This looks like a cool and better alternative to something I was too lazy to cook up on my own. Thanks. I was thinking about a one bottle cage but this looks better. Does it get in your way at all? Is it easy to reach while riding?

that looks pretty good…it seems like it’d hit your legs while riding though, is that at all a problem?

she was a daaaay tripper, a one way ticket yeah…it took me sooo long to find out, and I found out

I ride for an hour in 110 degree heat, then drink water until I throw up.

Don’t do that.

At first I clamped it to the part of the uni that the seat post slides into but I felt i was reaching to far for the bottles so I remounted the Aquarack onto the seat post itself ( with the help of a little bushing for size adjustment) so when the bottles are in the holders the top is almost even with the bottom of my seat and works awsome. A couple times when dismounting to the one leg would sometimes rub one of the bottles but not enough to cause any problems, Oh I almost forgot with uni on the ground the bottle holder didnt hit the ground either I was worried that if I UPD the aquarack would be history but it seems to be somewhat protected by the seat

For anything approaching 20 miles or more, I cave and use the camelpack, since there are usually a number of items in addition to water that I want to carry.

For rides in the 10-15 mile range near my house, I mounted a plastic extender to my seatpost tube which attaches to a standard bottle cage at the end of it. You can see it in this photo.

Then I just plan my ride to intersect with a gas station or Starbucks around mile 10, which is when I need a refill. For longer rides it’s nice to have too, as I’ll keep water in my camelpack and a sport bottle of Gatorade in the bottle cage.

The bottle/cage doesn’t hit my legs at all.

Should read when dismounting to the REAR one leg would sometimes rub one of the bottles

Camelbak (that’s how you spell it). Unless you use a different brand. Generic name is hydration pack. I like my Camelbaks. You don’t have to clean them all the time either, unless you put non-water in them. I just use mine for water. If I want other drinks, I carry them separately.

For riding to work (8 mi. each way) I just have a bottle in a cage on the Coker. All I need for that distance, and no big wet spot on my back when I get there!

Yeah yeah yeah…next we’ll have Miss Ayelery in here to correct me. I use camelpack as a generic reference to a water-bladder-holding unit with shoulder straps, even though–truth be told–the only brand I ride with is Camelbak. Madison Avenue is cool and all that, but I’m trying to avoid brand recos, as the last time I bought one based on someone else’s reco, it was sorely lacking. Had some kind of a roll-up system to seal the bladder, instead of a good screw top. Total kludge. I won’t name the perp, although I might knock them back a few rep points :). They know who they are.

I use a camelbak all the time. I ride quite hard and sweat loads whether or not I’m wearing it, so it doesn’t make a massive difference to me.


For my hilly 5 milers I use this water bottle setup. For any long rides I too use a Camelbaque.

I use a platypus when i ride, because i find the camelbak rucksacks don’t really have the carrying capacity i need, and the platypus can be swapped between different rucksacks depending on what exactly I’m doing. Also the platypus is a lot cheaper. Just remembered mine needs bleaching again, it;s going mouldy.

Camelbak - in addition to the water, I carry wrenches, spare innertube, minipump, powerbar, pack of Gu, money, and cell phone. All this weighs surprisingly little.

I do the same. It is really convienent when you MUni and things like that because you can carry extra clothes and food. Camelbaks are the best

I carry 3 litres in my CamelBak SnoBlast. It’s a perfect amount for some rides, although, at Moab I went through 6 Litres by the end of the ride and was still dehydrated.

Water… yummy.

It’s best to clean them before they get nasty inside.
One tip for easy regular cleaning is to fill the bladder with warm water and drop a couple denture cleanser tablets in there. The denture tablets get rid of odors from drinks like Gatorade and will also get rid of the bleach taste after you do the bleach treatment. With regular use of the denture tablets you can probably avoid the need to bleach the bladder in the future.

I use a generic camelbak and love it. Bought it at Target for like 15-20 bucks. The nipple started leaking but I called the company and they are sending me a FREE replacement nipple!! Just be arriving anyday now…

If you land on a camelbak when you fall,doesn’t the waterbag “explode” :thinking:

So far, no! And I’ve done some serious crash testing.

In fact, a Camelbak with a bladder full of water and a pocket full of tools has a lower percentage of water than you do, so you are more likely to explode… :astonished:

Camelbaks are useful, robust, and well designed. Unfortunately, they also make your back sweat.

I used to use a waist bag with two pockets for conventional cycling bottles. Less comfortable than a Camelbak, but less sweaty - and easier if you need to take off for put on a sweater or shirt without stopping.

The challenge of using the Camelbak on long technical muni rides is that fully loaded (2-3 quarts), it makes the top part of the trail pretty tricky with all that water sloshing around on your back. On the long Santa Barbara rides I drink water all the way up from LA and try and pound another litre on the shuttle drive to the top of the mountain. I´m about 300 PSI by the time I hit the trail but I can usually get by with 1.5 liters for a 3 hour ride, then quaff a quart straightaway once done. One things for sure–performance goes way down once you get even slightly dehydrated. I suppose it will always be a challenge to keep enough fluids on board, especially when you have to lug them along.