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8/31/10 11:00 P

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Thanks for your response!

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HISTORIKELL's Photo HISTORIKELL Posts: 293
8/31/10 10:09 A

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As long as you empty it out and hang it up to dry after each use, there is no problem. Camelbak makes a special drying rack you can put inside to hold it open or you can stuff a couple of paper towels inside. Camelbak makes special cleaning tablets or you can use a couple drops of bleach every so often to keep it clean. If you buy the Camelbak cleaning kit, it also comes with a brush you can run through the tube.

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NINALATINA9's Photo NINALATINA9 Posts: 1,381
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I'm thinking of buying one but not sure of the cleanliness factor...

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8/27/10 10:33 P

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I load my camelback with ice and it has served well in 100 degrees, heat-index 112. We've had some seriously hot weather in the deep south this summer. It keeps me cool. Clearance for water bottles was a factor in my friend and I who have 43cm bikes, deciding on camelbacks. They strap on fine- have been great. We may not come across a store, on a particular route, so we've learned to keep water on us for a 40 mile ride. I do start off in cooler: 80+ early in the morning.

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8/27/10 4:09 P

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JONBOYR700 has a good point. In the hot the camelback will cause you to sweat more and the body doesn't vent very well.

I used one in the hot weather and did notice this warming effect, thanks for reminding me.

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JONBOYR700 Posts: 68
8/27/10 2:01 P

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Everyone has their preferences.

Debated using one, but haven't as of yet. I don't want the weight on my back, resistance, and I think it would make you sweat more (just like if you wore a backpack hiking/running). Like WONGERCHI mentioned, I use one of these www.performancebike.com/bikes//Produ
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and 2 standard frame bottle cages. If you have aero bars, there is a profile bottle that fits between the bars as well.

Any decent cycling jersey has 3 separated pockets on the rear; so I stuff my small food/supplements in there. If I'm going out for a long unsupported ride, I take some $$ and have a handle bar bag and stem bag for food, spare tire, etc.

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8/26/10 1:38 P

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Camelbak when I go riding in the dirt. Otherwise bottles.

You can buy seatpost mounted water bottle holders (Profile Design sells them) which hold another 2 bottles. On long, hot rides I'll drink most of the 4 bottles.

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SKEPHART827's Photo SKEPHART827 Posts: 556
8/26/10 8:07 A

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I use a camelback on all my rides. I find that I drink more water and that it is much safer than trying to "drink and drive". A lot of serious cyclists are very critical of people who use them but I don't care. I usually go through a full 70 oz. on each ride.

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MILNE81's Photo MILNE81 Posts: 1,047
8/25/10 1:31 P

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I've thought about a camelback but have never used one. So far we've been fortunate to have gas stations on our long rides where we can dash in to grab refills for our water bottles. And on the century ride they'll have plenty of stops with refills for us. So with my 2 bottles on the bike I can make it with rest stops for refills on long rides.

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SARACYCLE's Photo SARACYCLE Posts: 329
8/25/10 1:15 A

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I use the camelback on just about all my rides. I have a small frame bike, and can only hold 1 20oz. bottle. Between the camelback and bottle, I have 40 miles worth of water, which is what I did today. I have no problems with it and it holds the little things, I may need on a ride. It is also great mountain biking.

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8/24/10 1:11 P

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I use my camelbak on every ride, although so far I haven't done a ride longer than 20 miles or so. I carry my garage door opener, cell phone, snack, some money, and a small first aid kit. I keep a spare tube, tire tool, and C02 cartridge in my seat pack. I'm traveling light enough that I don't have shoulder pain, but then I'm not going that far either.

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8/24/10 12:51 P

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I have used a camelback when being a ride marshal for charity rides or draft marshal during Tri's. I carried water in it for me, 1st aid supplies, food, rubber gloves, tools, all kinds extra food, and lots of stuff like tubes etc. The thing gets really heavy. My pack was really loaded and probably went 12 to 15 lbs. I've done this on a century and my shoulders/upper body hurt for a few days.

There are lighter ones out there the hold less water and more aerodynamic. Water is heavy at 8 lbs per gallon. If you can avoid using this in competition and grab water as you go it would be better. If not a smaller one will allow you to drink without looking down and won't be too big of a burden. Get one and ride with it all the time to get use to it and the weight.

I would give up the water on my bike if needed by participants and fill up when a sag wagon would come past. I used this for support not to race. The better the harness and fit the better the results.

Good luck

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8/24/10 12:40 P

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I have a camelbak, but I don't like to use it on the bike. I bought with those plans, but just don't like wearing it.

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8/24/10 12:15 P

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I do and I love it. I've had mine for probably 15 years. It is really great for mountain biking and is good for training rides on the road bike. If you are concerned about speed, it definitely creates some drag, especially on the aero bars. It is really nice to have the space to carry keys/phone/snacks/etc. and I like not having to reach down to get water bottles.

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that is your own self.

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Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

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8/24/10 11:43 A

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Hi every one. Doe's anyone use a camelback on there rides? It would be nice to have the extra space to store a banana, wallet, keys and other stuff. I have two water bottles but would also like to have the extra water on longer rides. I was just wondering what your thoughts are. Thank You!

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