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Camelbak or Water Bottles(13 posts)

Camelbak or Water Bottleslexington476
Sep 17, 2003 5:02 PM
In CX racing what is more common camelbaks or water bottles?
neither-take a hand off (NM)Sadlebred
Sep 17, 2003 7:16 PM
No one to hand off to melexington476
Sep 18, 2003 6:38 AM
Go to races alone.
if no handoff, camelbak....JS Haiku Shop
Sep 18, 2003 6:57 AM
handoff/handup is the best, but you must have a willing victim.

camelbak is the other option; get the slimlined 50-ounce version that doesn't hold anything but liquid (no storage). wear it tight.

bottles/cages on a 'cross frame may interfere with carrying the bike. bottles may fall out on rough bits and over barriers, and are not as convenient to drink from as camelbaks when you're racing at barely sub-vomit levels.
perfect CX description!stratoshark
Sep 18, 2003 11:22 AM
"sub-vomit levels", I'm still laughing b/c it's so true!
Given my pathetic CX skills and lack of experience, I'm at that level from the gun. But it's so much fun, it's worth it!
re: Camelbak or Water Bottlesarctic hawk
Sep 18, 2003 6:59 AM
I am no racer by any stretch of the imagination. But I find the water bottle cage a real pain when you have to shoulder the bike.
As for the camelbak, it just a question of money vs usage. In my case, I will put up with the bottle & for the number of times that I will actually use a camelbak, not really worth the expense to me.

Arctic Hawk
nonemore mud
Sep 18, 2003 8:05 AM
it is pretty common to just not drink for the 45 minute to hour race. feeds are actually not allowed at the uci races and none of the elite guys run waterbottles or camelbacks. over hydrate the day before and morning of the race instead.
re: Camelbak or Water Bottlesdlbcx
Sep 18, 2003 8:05 AM
I have always taken handups. Usually only needed it for the races where the weather was warm.
re: Camelbak or Water Bottles10SE
Sep 18, 2003 11:57 AM
Put a half full bottle in your left side jersey pocket. I found the larger bottles are easier to grab and put back. Throw the bottle out sometime before the last lap if you want.
re: Camelbak or Water Bottlesatpjunkie
Sep 18, 2003 3:24 PM
yea you can surviv with out bottle or pack if you hydrate right. it's hot where I race (soCal) and we usually take bottles. Just make a friend in a different class, do the I'll pit for you...swap.
re: Camelbak or Water Bottlesswimbikerunjump
Sep 19, 2003 7:38 AM
Hydrate before the race well. Its only an hour, you wont need a drink if you hydrate properly.
re: Camelbak or Water Bottlesxcmntgeek
Sep 19, 2003 9:36 AM
Yes and no, I can hydrate fully and still not race as well as I do when I grab a handup or two during a CX race. Never tried it in cross, but in moutain bike races when we have no feeds we try to back our cars up to the course and place our bottles on the bumper. Also, if you set your bottles on a cooler sometimes you can reach down and grab them. I've done it twice in mtb races and it worked well (as long as someone doesn't mess w/ you stuff).
re: never camelbackrichpierce
Sep 22, 2003 11:18 AM
I have never seen a camelback used in a cross race. i think it is one more chance to get messed up- could interfere with your shouldering the bike, straps get misaligned, choke you to death or something.

I attach bottles to trees or posts with strips of innertube when i need a handup and there is nobody to help and it is a short race or very intense (cross would qualify). I use bottles perched on a cooler otherwise, as Justin suggested. Just check with the officials and make sure you don't get DQ'd for feeding outside the feedzone.

If you use shorty bottles you can shoulder the bike easily enough even with the bottle on the bike in a cage. Position the cage as low as possible. Something like 16 oz. is good for cross.