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7/6/12 9:12 P

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I seriously dislike having to carry something on my back, however, when I go long (Over 60 Miles), I take a camelback with me. I just don't like to take chances in the South Texas heat. I prefer a light 70oz Camelback. BTW, once upon a time I put my Camelback in the freezer overnight. As a result, I was really uncomfortable until the ice cubes melted. Will never do that again.

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7/6/12 3:32 P

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One more thought . . . . Expect to have a very sweaty back when wearing a camelback on long rides in the heat. I have to run my camel back though the washer periodically as a result.

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7/6/12 3:30 P

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I have an older 100 oz camelback blowfish. I seldom fill it to capacity, but it is really nice to have the capacity for days with 3+ hr rides in high heat.

The large size also allows for carrying snacks on my longer rides.


Definitely stick oth the camelback brand. The cheaper knockoffs have inferior bladders that are not as easy to fill and seal.

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7/5/12 11:51 P

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I love my Camelback because I am really uncomfortable reaching for my bottles, especially when riding the tandem. I also fill with ice on really hot days. Never had a problem with taste with mine.

This is the one I have now:
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This is my second one. The first has absolutely worn out and faded from the sun.

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7/5/12 1:20 P

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Weird, I've never had a problem with my metal water bottles.

Kelly

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7/5/12 1:07 P

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Bleach is used to chlorinate a drinking well. Then you flush it.

You use a very mild solution and circulate it. I use that in my water bottles too. Look on the bottom of them and you might notice mold growing.

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7/5/12 1:00 P

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Great information! Thanks. Glad I didn't go for the 100 oz.

Kelly

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7/5/12 12:53 P

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70 oz will add about 5 lbs on your back full.

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7/5/12 12:43 P

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I'm not sure why you would clean something you drink from with bleach. My sister has one but an older model. Unfortunately, I can't bring enough water bottles for my rides. I found the Camelbak Magic that I think I'm going to order. It holds 70 oz and you can get an additional bladder from Walmart for $10.

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7/5/12 12:33 P

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They will add weight to your body. It can add issues. Choose the best size for your needs. If you are not a big person don't go with the largest size.

I've used them, gone 100+ miles in 95 degree heat. The largest size that I froze. You can pile them with ice cubes too.

They are awesome of people that don't feel comfortable reaching down to drink. It's a decision. I was never bothered by the taste and used a mixture of bleach to clean them. I have several liners.

Every year they improve on the design. Mine are a few years old.

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7/5/12 9:45 A

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The main issue I've had with my Camelback is the taste of the water. The first time I tried drinking from the pipe, it tasted like industrial waste. This is despite having washed many times the plastic bag and the pipe.

Then I googled for a solution, and it turns out that simple washing is never enough, one has to apply a certain treatment to get at least somewhat less awful tasting water out of the pipe. I kept a solution of water + baking soda for 24 hours, and another 24 hours I kept a solution of water+bleach(non-detergent, simple bleach). It is important to remember to put the solution to inside the pipe too. In fact, most of the bad taste is caused by the pipe.

Now, finally, the taste of the water is only slightly affected by the pipe and the bag. It is 100 times better and more drinkable now.

This is a problem that happens in great majority of Camelbacks and other brands too. I have heard some that did not have this problem, but those are rare (and strange too).

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7/5/12 6:33 A

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I'm looking to get a Camelback and would love some suggestions. When I go out for a bike ride I'm usually out between 2-3.5 hours. I have 2 24 oz water bottles and it's just not enough. I don't want something bulky because it will probably just hold my water and some smaller essentials. Anyone have any suggestions or opinions??

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