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new camel back(20 posts)

new camel backJackDanielsFSU
Jul 1, 2002 5:46 AM
I got a Camel Back over the weekend and I love it. It works really well and I noticed I drank alot more during the ride then I normaly do when I use just water bottles. My question is how do you all that use them keep them clean? I was told by the guy in the shop that he just fills his up with water and throws his in the fridge when he is done with a ride. That way it is kept fresh and he doesnt have to clean it. I only plan on using water in mine and maybe keep a sports drink in a small bottle on my bike so I will never put anything besides water in mine. Would this be ok to do or do you think I should dry it out after each ride? What do you do?
re: new camel backJuanmoretime
Jul 1, 2002 6:10 AM
Hi Jack,

I only use water in mine also. Fungus and mold are not fun things to drink, at least to me. I do dry mine out and every couple of weeks I fill it with water and add a teaspoon of bleach and leave it soak for a couple of hours. I then rinse it out and put a little baking soda in it to nuteralize the beach and rinse again. This leaves you mold and fungus free and the baking soda rinse leave no bleach taste in the Camelbak. LoL.
re: new camel backDrD
Jul 1, 2002 6:11 AM
I also only use water in mine - I typically just dump out the old water, wash the bite valve, rinse out the bladder, and fill it with fresh water before each ride. I find that it stays reasonably clean - after a little while the tube might get a little gross, so I bought one of the brush kits (really long brush which lets you clean the drink tube) and that generally does the trick. I haven't used the brush on my current camelbak, yet (it has one of those right angle valves on the end, so I suppose I'll have to remove that first...)
yepJS Haiku Shop
Jul 1, 2002 6:14 AM
i've been storing resovoirs in the freezer for a couple years now, no adverse effects. empty all water immediately after the ride, roll it up, remove the tube, and stick it in the freezer. otherwise, if it's been holding water for a few days (or a week--d'oh!), pour out the water, fill 1/4 with tap water, a capful of bleach, shake, empty, then fill 1/4 with cold water, shake, empty, repeat 'til there's no bleach smell. don't forget to drain/fill/drain/fill/etc. the tube.
re: new camel backvarmit
Jul 1, 2002 6:16 AM
Your plan is the same as what I do. Keeping the bladder in the frig really helps keep mold out. However, about once a month, even if you only use water in the Camelback, you still need to let it set for about 15 minutes with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of baking soda in about a pint of water, slosh around and drain out through the bite valve. Then flush with clean water. This will help keep it clean and get rid of any bad tastes as no water is "pure". I never ride or race without a Camelback. Even in a crit it way easier to drink than using a bottle - just not as "kool" - if you care about style points.
Ditto on the fridge. Great idea.Ken of Fresno
Jul 1, 2002 6:19 AM
I've been refilling and keeping my newest Camelbak in the fridge after every ride for the last three months now, and it still looks like new inside. Mold doesn't grow in the fridge. Just don't forget and leave your cel phone in it overnight like I did. ;) It still works, but the display took a long time to come back to life.

Am I the only one here married with family?ET
Jul 1, 2002 11:52 AM
The Camelback-in-the-fridge thing will never work, unless by "work" one means divorce.
Being single can, at times, have its advantages. :) nmKen of Fresno
Jul 1, 2002 1:34 PM
i have 2 fridges....though the 2nd one is mostly for beer (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 1, 2002 2:03 PM
Rinse with Listorine(minty one) to kill germs NMLowend
Jul 1, 2002 6:48 AM
I might be courting disaster here butColnagoFE
Jul 1, 2002 7:28 AM
I don't think I've ever cleaned mine in 2+ years. I only use water in it and just hang it up in the garage when I'm done with it. Don't notice anything growing on it at this point and the water tastes fine.
I might be courting disaster here butPhatMatt
Jul 1, 2002 8:47 AM
I too follow this same practive and have had no issues.
You tambienjtolleson
Jul 1, 2002 9:16 AM
I was hesitant to mention it, but I also never put anything but water in the Camelbak and I've never cleaned it in 4 seasons. It hangs in the storage room near the bike rack. I only use it 4-5 times a season, because I don't like the weight on my back. Long unsupported rural rides are the only place I use it.
That was supposed to say "Yo" ... (nm)jtolleson
Jul 1, 2002 9:17 AM
Keep it in the freezerMel Erickson
Jul 1, 2002 8:00 AM
Fill it about a third full and put it in the freezer. Fill with water before you ride and you have cold water to boot. If the water's too cold (sometimes not a good idea to have water that cold while exercising) just rinse it out and put it in the freezer with no water. The freezer keeps the bugs at bay. When you do clean it (I clean about every 5-10 rides) use Efferdent tablets. They do a great job, easy and inexpensive and whatever taste may linger (none if you rinse well) is minty fresh, or whatever flavor you buy.
water only, put in freezer between ridesoff roadie
Jul 1, 2002 11:12 AM
Storing only water in your hydration pack is a smart move. You won't have to drain and ry it if you just toss it in the freezer between rides. Don't keep it full, but maybe 1/4 full partly on its side, so you get a nice ice chunk but don't stress the bag. Mold and fungus won't be a problem, and you'll have nice cool water, at least for the first 40 minutes or so.

I agree that you drink more. I had a 3 liter pack, but it started leaking. I've been using water bottles on my road bike, and ran through 2 (nomral sized ones) every 15 miles or so. mile ride. I recntely ordered a pack that holds a gallon, which should be just the ticket for my typical MTB rides, where there's no water availalbe for severl hours. Maybe I drink more than most people, but as far as water packs go, I think bigger is better.
Water only; dry after each ridedsc
Jul 1, 2002 11:28 AM
...well, maybe after every third ride. or so... :-)

Get one of those plastic hanger things that Camelbak makes to hold the bladder open while it drys. If you do this on a regular basis, you should only have to "clean" it every couple of months or so. Baking soda, as noted above, works well, as does a bit of white vinegar. Just make sure to rinse well!

re: new camel backLen J
Jul 1, 2002 11:48 AM
I use a camelback on any ride over an hour. I also use gatorade exclusivly. After every ride I empty it, flush it with hot water, roll up a couple of paper towels & insert into the CB to allow air circulation & hang it upside down until the next ride, takes about two minutes, never had a problem.

Ditto on the frezerhwy45
Jul 1, 2002 2:24 PM
Just started using one this year. My wife got two on some closeout and I resisted. Finally thougt it would be OK for MTBing. I loved it. Now I use it on either bike. Keep it in the freezer on it's side oppisite the cap, about 1/3 full. Fill with water and slide in the tube. Only trouble is more frequent pit stops to pee.
I rinsecoonass
Jul 1, 2002 3:38 PM
mine throughly (2-3 times) w/clean water, then add a few drops of bleach and fill to full again...then I put the cap back on, shake the bladder for about 15 seconds,and squeeze the mouth piece to let the bleached water run through the mouth piece/tubing to disinfect and cleanse.....I then set it aside until the next ride, at which time I just rinse once with clean water and fill w/my 'witches brew'. I haven't had any sign of mold (or chlorine taste) since using this method in 4 years..I'm on my third bladder now, as they seem to develop leaks at the seam...Drying it out between rides is a pain in the b_tt...