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Followup to the Camelbak thread...(8 posts)

Followup to the Camelbak thread...Lone Gunman
Aug 20, 2002 3:47 PM
I used gatorade in the Hydrapak this weekend and flushed it with water after the ride and dried the bladder out with a paper towel.(Hydrapak uses a bladder that fully opens up like a dry lock gear bag) Any reason I should not use gatorade in the hydrapak?
re: Followup to the Camelbak thread...gwendolynofthemountain
Aug 20, 2002 3:56 PM
yeah, it's too sweet.
re: Followup to the Camelbak thread...Lone Gunman
Aug 20, 2002 4:59 PM
Not if you mix it yourself and cut back on quantity of mix to water ratio. You can get it "just right".
re: bacteriacyclopathic
Aug 20, 2002 7:24 PM
creates a perfect breading ground for yeast, mold and bacteria. Too much trouble to clean it all the time.

btw a tbsp of Clorox deluted in 20-40oz of water will kill pretty much anything overnight.
re: Followup to the Camelbak thread...Len J
Aug 21, 2002 4:09 AM
I use gatorade 100% of the time in my cmelbak with no mold or yeast problems.

After every ride, I Rinse it out with warm water, Rollup a couple of paper towels and insert in the bladder to promote air flow & Hang it upside down.

About once a month I'll do the clorox bit followed by a rinse with baking soda mixed in hot water to kill the bleach smell & I'm good to go.

As long as you rinse it out, you won't have any problems. I've been doing it this way for about 4 years.

too much trouble - just put gatorade in a bottleTomS
Aug 21, 2002 6:20 AM
I just use water in my camelbak, and on longer/hotter rides I'll bring a bottle or two of gatorade. I empty the camelbak after each ride, and try to let it dry, but rarely actually *clean* it. Although I did just run the bag itself through the wash the other day; the straps and back panel were getting pretty crusty with dried sweat, etc.

But maybe that's just the mtb slacker in me showing through (see the above thread :)
I use Gatorade in mine with no problems.bikedodger
Aug 21, 2002 7:10 AM
I rinse after use with a little detergent and warm water and hang to dry. I've been doing this for about 5 years with no problems. Of course I live where the humidity is very low and it drys rather quickly. Might be a problem if you live where there is a lot of water in the air.

This works for me...coonass
Aug 21, 2002 5:36 PM
I just rinse it out w/lukewarm water about 3 times, then I add just a few drops of Chlorine bleach and fill with cold tap water; then I let some run through the mouth piece and set the Camelbak (filled) aside until the next ride (I ride every other day)...even if I don't ride, the chlorine will keep it bacteria free. I rinse it out a couple of times before I fill it for a bad chlorine taste.