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Camelbacks......(13 posts)

Apr 5, 2001 1:21 PM
...are they frowned upon by roadies? Or do roadies use them too?
Most use bottles but I like hydration packs ...Humma Hah
Apr 5, 2001 1:25 PM
I do a lot of solo distance rides and like being able to carry enough water for 50 miles. Plus, my bike's a little strange and does not carry water bottles gracefully.
why bottlesDog
Apr 5, 2001 1:30 PM
Bottles can be changed out easily during a race. Easy to refill on a century ride, too. Me, certain times a Camelbak works well, but for the most part I don't like the extra weight on my body; I'd rather have it riding on the frame.

Nonetheless, use whatever you want. It's purely a matter of personal preference.

re: Camelbacks......Alan B
Apr 5, 2001 2:04 PM
I tried a roadie pack and still use it for long rides away from water sources, but I notice the weight of the pack a lot more on the road than on an MTB (even though my MTB pack is a lot heavier), so I use bottles as long as I know I can refill them. It's strictly a balancing of comfort and convenience.
re: Camelbacks......Rick S
Apr 5, 2001 2:57 PM
I have tried both bottles and a camelback. For centuries and/or long rides in the heat of summer I use a camelback - I think that the convenience of having the bite valve so close to my lips prompts me to drink more (which is really good). The downside is that when I have my camelback on, I can't get to the neat pockets on the back of my jersey!
re: Camelbacks......coonass
Apr 5, 2001 5:30 PM
I seem to be one of those that will (leg) cramp if I don't drink 70oz every 30 miles; especially in the Summer months and I prefer NOT to cramp.The additional weight is soon forgotten after about 2 minutes and since I'm not a racer, it's immaterial. Our group rides are on Sunday mornings and there is usually nothing 'opened' on these county roads during this ride and I always add some Emergen-C or Twinlab's 'Hydra Fuel' or both........hydrate or die!
thread driftgrandemamou
Apr 6, 2001 3:45 AM
Are you still in La? Nice to see a fellow coon ass who also knows how to type.
One Hump or Two?Breck
Apr 5, 2001 8:01 PM
The guy invented the CamelBak lived in Weatherford, Texas where my mom and dad lived. Did not have the good sense to go over and ask him for a job.

Camelbaks were accepted early on by mountain bikers as you did not have to be distracted by the task at hand rough trail riding by reaching down and getting the bottle out, pulling the nipp up with the teeth, taking the drink, pushing the nipp back down and trying to place the bottle back while negotiating the bumps, twists and turns, of the trail. Bottles could be ejected also. With the Camelbak you just bit on the valve to get the water. Made you drink more too.

Slower in acceptance for roadies and CamelBak responded by bringing out models more back friendly and aero, and added the "L" shaped bite valve and other improvements. Don't recall the first roadie model but have the 70 oz. Rocket that use for long back country mountain and desert road rides on the road bike where no water is available. For MTB have the Original and the Narrow Gauge. Have a Gregory Mirage for extended hiking and peak climbing.

CamelBaks can also be used for hiking, trail running, etc.
Their trade-mark slogan is "Hydrate or Die".
Once they caught on other mfg.'s followed.

I use bothRock
Apr 5, 2001 8:38 PM
I use both a water bottle (or two) and a Camelbak Mule. I ride for fun only, I never race so it doesn't matter to me whether Camelbaks are allowed in races or not. I started in mountain biking and when I switched over to road bikes I kept my Camelbak because I was already used to it and even though I think some other roadies may not think it is cool I keep using it because it works so well for me, and I like to drink alot of water because my legs cramp if I don't drink enough water, but I also want to drink electrolytes such as sodium and potassium and I need some energy so I wont bonk so I put Cytomax powder (several scoops) in my water bottle to make a stronger than usual fluid mix and I drink it instead of Power Bars or gel and I wash it down with plain water from my Camelbak. That is what works for me and I have been doing it for years. I used to have a lot of problems with leg cramps but I almost never have them now. The bottom line is that you should do what works best for you.
re: Camelbacks......Mike P.
Apr 6, 2001 3:33 AM
I use both too. 100 ounces of water in the camelback is a nice way to add a little extra "YEHAA!" to a workout. I usually have mine full during workouts. This has really helped me on my up hill speed. Plus on those over 2 hour rides I drink from it.

The bottles. . . for rides under 2 hours, I fill one with water and the other with a sports drink mixture. Over 2 hours, both get the sports drink.
Any one know....muncher
Apr 6, 2001 8:34 AM
where on the net you can get new inner bags? I have a 2l one that has now split along the seam - can't find a shop here (UK) where you can get less than the whole new thing!

Tks - m.
Apr 8, 2001 3:47 PM
Tks (nm)muncher
Apr 9, 2001 2:07 AM