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Water totage...TommyRides
Aug 5, 2002 4:53 AM
Is it PC to carry a hydration pack while on road rides? If so, what models does anyone use? I'm looking for one that I can use on occasional rides to bring a digital camera and perhaps a cell phone.....Or am I better off with 2 bottles and a seat bag for the other stuff!
I think that it's situational.Spoke Wrench
Aug 5, 2002 5:53 AM
It's kind of like "bowing" in Japan. If you're not part of the culture, you'll never get all of the nouances right.

If you're planning to carry a cell phone and camera, you might as well use a hydration pack because a seat bag big enough to carry that stuff will be too big to be considered cool anyway.
I think that it's situational.TommyRides
Aug 5, 2002 5:59 AM
I'm not worried too much about the PC end and "coolness" quotient although I do dislike large seat bags..just wondered what hydration packs roadies use if indeed they do. Don't want to clutter up my bike, but WOULD like to carry some stuff occasionally as mentioned.

Bad enough I have to go to a form fitting jersey and spandex from my MTB baggies and coolmax t-shirts! I'm willing to cave a little to be accepted since that's SO important..just want to know more from a product/ performance standpoint..pro's and cons..etc..

Thanks!
I think that it's situational.Velocipedio
Aug 5, 2002 6:07 AM
Camelbacks never quite caught on in roadie culture primarily because they are not permitted in sanctioned races [I'm not sure why, someone might enlighten me]. Before they were outlawed for races, some pros did experiment with them, though.

Frankly, I don't see whay anyone would have a problem with someone bringing a camelback on a group ride, though. I've seen some roadies with them -- usually low-profile models -- and I use one when I'm doing cyclocross training [no bottle cages on my bike], but I personally find them to be uncomfortable for long rides. The model I have is the Camelback Rogue, BTW.

Most of the time, I prefer bottles...
Not sanctioned because they can provide an aero advantage (nm)NJRoad
Aug 5, 2002 12:01 PM
I just quit using mine.MXL02
Aug 5, 2002 6:43 AM
I used to routinely use a camelback on my roadbike, because I didn't think I could carry enough hydration in bottles. The guys I ride with finally convinced me to use two large water bottles in my cages, and get rid of the camelback, in order to help make me more aero and get rid of some weight. I can ride 2 hrs now in max heat without running outof hydration. I carry my cell phone in my jersey pocket, along with my beeper, keys, Clif bars, Etc. If you have a compact camera and cell phone, using your jersey pockets should suffice.

On the other hand, if you are doing a touring ride, rather than an intense training ride, a camelback works great, and can carry a lot of gear. Don't worry about what is PC. You only need to impress yourself...
re: Water totage...ale-x-x
Aug 5, 2002 7:02 AM
If you use a camelback and its real hot.......it could act as a rubber shirt. I used mine one day and just super overheated. I think they are more intended for mtb riding where there is more shade and less water access. I now use two large water bottles and have places along the ride to fill up. I use the camelback to work in the yard.
Water totage...is situational....gogene
Aug 5, 2002 7:19 AM
I use water bottles for rides under an hour when it's warm. Anything over an hour, I use my CamelBak Lobo. If the temp is going to be high, I'll cram all the ice cubes that fit in the reservoir then fill with water. I have done metric centuries and the water was still cool at the end of the ride. If the temp is going to be HOT, I wet down the interior of the CamelBak which helps further cool the water and keeps the pak cool on my back. Properly adjusted, the weight of the pak doesn't bother me at all. I can carry all the stuff I need on a long ride in my Lobo.
no, but who cares?ColnagoFE
Aug 5, 2002 8:42 AM
if you like 'em and they work for you then use one. personally i dont like stuff on my back when i'm riding on the road. i have a camelbak mule i really like for MTB though.
re: Water totage...tarwheel
Aug 5, 2002 9:55 AM
I have a CamelBak Rogue that I usual occasionally, mainly on long rides in rural areas where it might be hard to find water. It has pockets large enough to carry a small camera and/or cell phone. I generally carry two Polar Bottles, one filled with ice water and the other with GatorAde. Generally there are enough country stores where I ride to find places for refills, so I would rather not have to fool with the CamlBak. However, I have been considering dragging out the CamelBak lately with the extreme heat we are having this summer in the Southeast. It does make it easier to drink water, but I would never put GatorAde or any other drink (other than water) in my CamelBak. They are hard enough to clean as it is.
Camelbak RocketBolivarroads
Aug 6, 2002 4:52 AM
I am a road bike rider and wear the Camelbak every time I get on the bike. I also bring one or two waterbottles with Gatorade or Powerade. And I bring a Clif Bar and a banana. Usually when I finish a ride, I have gone through all 70 ounces of water in the Camelbak and all the Gatorade in the waterbottles. A lot of the guys in our group ride would no more wear a Camelbak than carry a purse, but I find that my efficiency drops without sufficient hydration. Drink before you are thirsty, eat before you are hungry, and you will go far.
re: Water totage...ccrabb
Aug 6, 2002 9:16 PM
Some of the replies are humorous.
If I'm on a short ride, an hour, I'll use a bottle.
For long training rides, it makes no sense to drink warm plastic tasting water from bottles when you can drink cold, taste-free water from a Camelbak. Mine stays cool for more than three hours in 95 degree heat.
No, wearing it doesn't make me hot.
Yes, I fill it with Gatorade/Cytomax. I have been doing this for six years. It cleans fine.
Yes, a lot of road bikers use bottles only. It has been shown that hot, plastic tasting water increases your power output to the pedals.
PC?grzy
Aug 7, 2002 5:35 PM
Why - you running for office or something?

Who gives a crap what others think? Oh, that's right this is a roadie site.