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Need to Carry More Water....(13 posts)

Need to Carry More Water....peterkg
May 29, 2002 9:44 PM
Tired of stopping to refuel and convinced that I need to drink more water, especially on those long rides in hot southern Arizona... two water bottles isn't enough!

Does anyone use those seatpost mounted water bottle holders... I think Profile Designs makes one???

Or, any other suggestions...
re: Need to Carry More Water....Wingz
May 29, 2002 10:17 PM
Looks like you may want to consider a hydration system. I have a Camelback.

You can go from a small unit that holds 70 oz. of water and not much else (low weight/streamline) to a larger one that handles 120 oz. and gives you room for gear

It's a bit heavy at the start of the ride, but as you drink, it lessens and you don't notice sure to toss in ice cubes to help with the heat
Ditto the Camelbak (nm).dsc
May 29, 2002 10:41 PM
re: Need to Carry More Water....roadcyclist
May 30, 2002 1:16 AM
Camelbak also makes a 45 oz. size. More to the point - what's a long ride (hours, not miles)? The MINIMUM you should be drinking is 20 oz. per hour. So, if 2 more bottles is sufficient (40 extra oz.) I'd go with the seat-mounted bottles - if not, go with a Camelbak or other hydration system.
re: Need to Carry More Water....Lone Gunman
May 30, 2002 5:09 AM has front and rear mounts if the camelback is not for you.
big bottles, tooDougSloan
May 30, 2002 5:20 AM
I use some 33 oz bottles from Zefal, the Magnum. Here's a source at Nashbar

On long solo rides I'll use two of those plus a 72 oz Camelbak. That's over a gallon of water.

Ditto that.look271
May 30, 2002 4:21 PM
I use the magnums on any ride lasting more than 2.5-3 hrs. I hve a friend that would MAYBE use 1 large bottle on a ride like that. I can't imagine it; I'd die for sure!
People here really drink a lot of wateronespeed
May 30, 2002 6:15 AM
I have always ridden with only 1 water bottle cage. Even when I lived in So Cal. I never felt the need to get another one.

I consumed 1.5 bottles of water and 1 Clif bar when I did the Montauk Century in (108 miles in 5:27 total time). Last week I did an 80 miler in 4:10 with just one bottle consumed along the way, no food. I felt fine at the end of the ride, not dehydrated or anything. I supppose if it was hotter I would be drinking more, but not that much more-I dont think.
People here really drink a lot of waterDougSloan
May 30, 2002 9:02 AM
If I did that here in Fresno on long rides, I'd die.

When it's hot, I can easily need a bottle an hour or more.

Keep in mind that the longer you ride, the more important it is to not get behind on fluids. While you may make it to 100 miles as your fluid balance degrades, if you continued at the same rate you might well hit a dehydration wall.

Also, some people don't like to stop so much. On long rides, I like to stop as little as possible.

i drink more than that sitting at my desk.SteveO
May 30, 2002 9:15 AM
i drink more than that sitting at my desk.Wingz
May 30, 2002 4:15 PM
I've become de-hydrated on a ride from LA to San Diego and it wasn't fun. The thing that threw me off was the day was slightly overcast, around 70 degrees or so, and we did not push it too hard, so I didn't think I'd have any problems.

You would be far better off drinking more and taking BB breaks along the way than going without fluids and suffering the way I did.

Just my thoughts
re: Need to Carry More Water....No_sprint
May 30, 2002 8:33 AM
I've got an XLab seat rail mount system for centuries. It's really super. Other than that, I use one bottle cage on my rides. I'm not a huge endurance rider. I do mostly crits and training for them.
re: Cbak vs seatmountcyclopathic
May 31, 2002 3:30 AM
either has disadvantages. Camelbak makes you feel hotter as it covers back, seatmounted waterbottles make moving around bike harder esp on downhills.

I carry bigger waterbottles, also hydrate prior to ride (drink ~16/20oz) and use stops to rehydrate/refill. But if I were living in SoAz I would end up using Cbak (at least during summer), I just hate to think what would happen if I need to stop and fix flat in open.