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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
6/3/08 11:46 A

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I have not yet used mine. But if I ride the 40-60 miles on Sat. I'm sure I will be breaking it in then

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6/3/08 11:40 A

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I love my camelback and never ride without it. So much easier then carrying a waterbottle.

I've enjoyed reading this thread for all the cleaning techniques!

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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
5/22/08 10:51 P

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Thanks for the tid bit on the advice of the lime and/or lemon

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5/22/08 5:12 P

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I always rinse my camelback and hang to dry just as the others have suggested to keep it slime and mold free.

When I fill my water bladder for a ride I always add a capfull of lemon or lime juice to it. It's not to flavor the water but to help cut any plastic taste that occurs. Sometimes when the water heats up from being on my back, it picks up a plastic taste from the bladder and the lemon juice helps diminish that.

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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
5/20/08 5:48 P

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I hear ya but I put diluted bleach through everything and I will be fine.

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5/20/08 5:22 P

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I learned never to share water bottles because you never know what you or someone else has left in it (germ-wise). I would get a new bladder. When I put my hydration system away for the winter, or to freshen it, I put my favorite mouthwash in it. The flavor is better than other stuff and it goes away soon.

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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
5/13/08 3:05 P

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I have looked at the bladder and there does not seem to be any black growth but I still want to sanitize it just the same. I do not want any extra protein during a cycle ride and from using the camelbak for the first time:-)

J

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5/13/08 2:53 P

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I have never done this myself, but I have heard that you can get them pretty clean with denture cleaning tablets (efferdent?).

New bladders aren't too expensive. Plus, you can get a new bite valve with lockout which is nice. The newer ones tend to have a larger opening too, which is good for cleaning and adding ice cubes.

I try to keep mine fairly full and keep it in the fridge when not in use. This seems to keep it fresh and clean. The pre-chilled h2o is nice too.

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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
5/13/08 11:38 A

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Kjeanne

I think that will be my next step. My wife needs to decide which biking gloves if any that she is going to keep, and then I can return the other or both. They also should have some shoes for me to try on for size.

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5/13/08 11:31 A

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This is going to sound more complicated than it is. My camelback has a zipper compartment at the top that I slip my reservoir into. The reservoir goes in with the opening facing out. That would position the feed-tube at the bottom of the compartment. In my model, there is a hole at the top of the reservoir compartment where I push the feed tube through and then along the shoulder strap and under the clip.

Best thing to do is to take it to the LBS and ask them how to use it.


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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
5/13/08 8:17 A

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OK .... Now I have another question, since I do not have a manual with this unit, how do you remove the bladder? AND does any have a manual or know where I can get a copy of one???

Jim

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5/12/08 10:04 P

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DDBYRD: Although Vinegar is acidic, it is not considered a sanitizer when diluted. Most store bought vinegars are already diluted beyond concentration levels needed for sanitization. The active ingredient is acetic acid.

Yes, you're probably safe as it's not a good environment for bacteria (straight from the jug), but try using plain bleach instead. It only takes a teaspoon to easily sanitize a full bladder.


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5/12/08 5:40 P

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i would agree about just getting a new bladder. if i have something in my bladder besides just water, i rinse it out good right after the ride, including the tubing. i put a little bleach in it if its sat a while.
i have a cleaning kit, the best thing in it is a long wire thing with a pipecleaner type end. even with jsut water, if you leave it sit and dont dry it out right away mold will grow in the tubing, this brush pushes it out.
if you ut a new bladder and bit valve, i recomment the 90 degree bend locking valve-this will stop leaks from the mouth piece anyway.
be sure you screw the lid on tight, squeeze it to be sure nothing leaks from around the lid before you take off.




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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
5/12/08 2:59 P

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Thanks for the advice I will use it to clean the bladder and see what happens.

Jim

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5/12/08 1:18 P

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Me personally, if i was given a used bladder, I would trash it and go buy a new one. They are less than $20.00 and that way it is brand new.

I sanitize my blatters every so often, I use vinagar & water. Just make sure you rinse them out real good and drain the hose as well. Hang them upside down.

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5/12/08 1:16 P

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JHOLLNAGEL:

Great gift of that camelback! I love my camelback mule and use it for all my longer rides.

I only put water in it so I dont sanitize it very often, maybe once a month. I just drain if after every ride and hang it to dry. I use a mixture of a few tablespoons of household bleach, water and a few drops of dishwashing soap to clean it. I add this mixture to the reservoir, mix then rinse and let it to dry.

I have seen the cleaning tables and brushes at the LBS but have never used them.


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5/12/08 1:01 P

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Jules

What would you recommend to use to sanitize?

Jim

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5/12/08 12:39 P

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You can sanitize the bladder that is there, but it seems like for ~$20 you can get a new bladder with mouthpieces. What a GREAT gift!!

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5/12/08 12:09 P

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Lucky you!! You'll get good use out of that! We have camelbacks that we use mostly when we're out hiking in the hills behind our home. With all the zippered compartments it's great for carrying snacks and other supplies as well.

Congrats on your new acquisition!

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5/12/08 11:32 A

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Thanks ..... nothing like falling into free stuff :-)

I'll check with my LBS soon ... I know they were getting some clip shoes for me to try on for sizing as well .... noow I'll have a reason to stop in.

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5/12/08 11:22 A

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Any quality bike shop will have a cleaning kit for your camel pak, a hanger, brush, tube brush, you can get replacement mouth peices, ect, ect.

That is a good system you got there.

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5/12/08 11:17 A

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WooHoo my lucky day. A co-worker of mine who is transferring to Texas came across her CamelBak hydration system and gave it to me for free. Yes I did offer to pay for it:-)

It is a ThermoBak 3L and my question is how do I sanitize or clean it now.

If the bladder leaks .... where can I buy spares? Can this particular model be upgraded to the bite tube method of drinking?

Thanks,

Jim

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