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How do you take enough water?(14 posts)

How do you take enough water?James1
Aug 18, 2001 2:44 PM
As someone who recently switched from MTB to the road, I can't for the life of me figure out how to get through a long road ride without taking my Camelback with me in order to stay hydrated. Yet, I rarely see anyone on a road bike using one. Mine holds 100 ounces of liquid.

For rides 1 hr and under I just take a 28 ounce bottle with water and/or cytomax or gatorade. I suppose I could go to two bottles, and that would probably get me through up to 2 hrs, but lately I've been doing over 2 hrs up to a max of 3 on the road and I just have to take the Camelback for those rides. I hate stopping to refill and I dont like drinking water from some of those questionable faucets.

Just wondering what everyone else does?

TIA

J
I use a hydration pack, too ...Humma Hah
Aug 18, 2001 3:15 PM
64 ounces usually gets me thru 35-50 miles, depending on how hot and dry things are. After that, if you're picky about water supplies, you hope you see a 7-11 somewhere. One reason a lot of riders stick to certain fixed routes most of the time is because they know they can get refilled.

I envelopes of dry powder drink mix.
re: How do you take enough water?Pogliaghi
Aug 18, 2001 3:16 PM
You have it figured out already. Bring an extra bottle, plan your water stops, or take a camelbak/hydration pak.

I've only one cage on my road bike so I usually plan out my water stops on rides exceeding 40 mi. As an alternate to public faucets, I stop at stores to buy me a drink. When I don't know where the stops are, I'll take the camelbak.

BTW, you'll drink less water per mile on road rides than on off road, or so I've experienced.
99% just use 2 bottlesDog
Aug 18, 2001 3:24 PM
I'd say 99% of all riders just use 2 bottles, and then know where to get them refilled along the way for longer rides. Some will add a Camelbak Razor (or equiv) for hot days.

I recently did a very long unsupported ride all alone, across our central valley, where it is very, very hot, and wanted to stop as little as possible. So, I took 4 Polar bottles, with 2 of them in a thing that attaches to the seatpost, and used a 72 ounce Camelbak Razor. As hot as it was, I went through all that every 3 hours.

I'd use bottles, but add the Camelbak for hot days.

Dog
re: How do you take enough water?look271
Aug 18, 2001 4:05 PM
I do what most of these guys do, too. 2 bottles. I found some Zefal bottles @ Nashbar that hold 32 oz. They'll get me through 3 hrs if it's not too hot. (I drink more than most, it seems.) Can't stand the feeling of a Camelback when I road ride. If I need more, I know where the convience stores are and the occassional H20 fountain.
re: How do you take enough water?trimble
Aug 18, 2001 4:46 PM
For me it's simple - long (4-6 hr) solo rides on hot days = Camelbak + 1 large water bottle (I keep the other cage open for a 24 oz Gatorade if/when I stop at a c-store). Otherwise I'm back to two water bottles. I think a lot of roadies don't drink enough on hot days. The Camelbak is a godsend. Mine is the MULE model (100oz). At first I didn't like how it weighed on my back, especially my lower back, but you get used to it. If you drink often like I do, then the weight of the Camelbak quickly becomes a non-issue.
re: How do you take enough water?Birddog
Aug 18, 2001 4:59 PM
I normaly use just two Polar bottles for rides up to two hours, but I know where to get refilled. I add my Camelback Razor for longer unsupported or unknown rides. I'll be going to Hotter'n Hell this next weekend, and I'll do the 100k race. For that I'll use my Camelback and two Polars and probably be empty at the end. 2 weeks ago I did a 54 mile race in 100 degree temps and I used 2 Polars and a Camelback and was empty for the last mile. I'm not real fond of the "look" and feel of the Camelback, but the Razor is a big improvement. One thing about them though, you tend to stay better hydrated because they are easier to drink from in a peloton full of riders of unknown and suspicious talent/skill.
and I thought I was alone....terry b
Aug 18, 2001 6:48 PM
glad to see that many are willing to admit to Camelbak usage in the face of what I've always perceived as an anti-Camelbak philosophy among roadies. I don't see many out there either.

seems like I am pretty much in line with the previous offerings - for my nightly spin around the village (1 hour, 17-20 miles) I use one bottle. For anything approaching 2 hours, one bottle or 50 oz. Camelbak depending on the weather. For anything over 3 hours, 100 oz. Camelbak and a bottle of Extran, refilling both at 70 or so miles if I'm riding 100 or more. I live in the desert, I like to drink a lot and I hate to stop to buy water. Camelbak makes it all possible.
The perils of not drinking enough water ...bianchi boy
Aug 18, 2001 7:18 PM
In addition to the obvious ones, dehydration and heat stroke, you can get kidney stones from not drinking enough. That's what happened to me, and I am much more religious now about carrying enough water. I generally go through one 20-24 oz. water bottle for every hour of riding. However, since I got a kidney stone earlier this summer, I'm drinking a lot more. My doctor said not drinking enough is the primary cause of kidney stones. I come from a large family and no one in it has ever had a kidney stone except me, and I am convinced it is from not drinking enough while excercizing and afterwards. I carry two water bottles and fill them up whenever possible. On longer unsupported rides, I also bring a 70 oz. CamelBak.
The perils of not drinking enough water ...AD14
Aug 19, 2001 4:12 AM
I had three stones this year at the same time and passed them all-the largest about 1cm by one half cm. Not enough water and oxylates that are found in coffee, beets, chocolate etc. I too drink about 24 oz. of water an hour because I never want to go through the stone nightmare again. I would rather stop on the ride than have that pain.
The perils of not drinking enough water ...AD14
Aug 19, 2001 4:13 AM
I had three stones this year at the same time and passed them all-the largest about 1cm by one half cm. Not enough water and oxylates that are found in coffee, beets, chocolate etc. I too drink about 24 oz. of water an hour because I never want to go through the stone nightmare again. I would rather stop on the ride and wee than have that pain.
I send a domestique to the team car :-) (nm)Bruno S
Aug 18, 2001 8:45 PM
take all the water your body needsnuke
Aug 18, 2001 9:20 PM
Yeah, I've seen many many racers that won't carry more than a bottle. Basically, they are depriving themselves and either hope to get support in a feed zone or just do without. I've asked 'em and they freely admit they are making a sacrifice. I'll race with a CamelBak, giving me Fred stares...but I don't care. I'll make up for it in leg power. I'm not sacrificing critical elements that my body needs, i.e. water, oxygen, nutrients, just so I can fit in. If I'm doing a short race/ride, I'll adjust accordingly. But I say if you need/want the water, just carry it.
re: How do you take enough water?Velocipedio
Aug 19, 2001 4:52 AM
Two bottles. Water stops. On a long ride, I'll scout water fountains, etc., and stop every 25km, or so. If there are no fountains, I'll buy bottled water.