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Camelback, fanny packs or seat post cages(13 posts)

Camelback, fanny packs or seat post cagesNC_Jim
Jan 10, 2003 6:07 PM
Traditional cages on the downtube are difficult for me to use, hence I don't hydrate properly. I use a Camelback when riding alone, however I don't think I would wear one when riding with a group merely because no one else does. I know what many of you will say, "it doesn't matter what others think", well it does matter and you know it does. That said, what alternatives do we have. Anyone wearing fanny packs (I don't see very many wearing them)? Seat post mounted...? What?
re: Profile Design Aqua rack......cydswipe
Jan 10, 2003 6:35 PM well. You can hold 2 bottles for quick use. You could also use your standard downtube holders for spares or empties. Good Luck!
re: Camelback, fanny packs or seat post cagesTig
Jan 10, 2003 6:50 PM
I'd stay away from the seat post holders if you have any rough railroad track crossings. We watched a guy lose both bottles last weekend using the Profile holder.

Who cares what everyone else has. Go with a Camelbak if you like it. If it works for you when alone, use it all the time. Function over form!
Quite the cunnundrum...Lone Gunman
Jan 10, 2003 7:36 PM
Fashion or function. I have both, use both, and have found I drink twice as much when using the Hydrapak which is a version of a Camelbak type resevior system.

I think you may see more riders using them in the future (Camelbak, Hydrapak, etc) as a rider in the Tour wore one under his jersey in a team TT event. Not having to break form to drink I think would be a nice advantage in a TT. I bet more riders are experimenting with them in the off season to see if they might be usable. Think in terms of the triple crank used in a pro race late this year. Unheard of. Blasphemous.

Right now the packs are not "fashionable" on road bikes because they look like something from the MTB world. Old traditions die hard.

I use mine mainly on longer distance rides (over 40 miles) or whenever the temp gets up over 80F.
re: Camelback, fanny packs or seat post cagesOverStuffed
Jan 10, 2003 9:22 PM
I have a Camelbak rocket, an Atlas pack with hydration system, and bottle cages. I use them all depending on the length of my ride, where I'm going, and why I'm going. I'd say just to try out diferent combinations/systems. Start with the cheapest, frame mounted cages, and if you don't like it, try something else. The equipment you pass on will either be useful later, or if not, that's why you start cheap.
re: Camelback, fanny packs or seat post cagesAkirasho
Jan 10, 2003 11:45 PM
... Camelbak Bandito user here (I think they're out of production).

This is a fanny type pac which I prefer... carries a fair amount of fluids, gear and has two pockets for additional water bottles (which I've used on epics).

Be the bike.
re: Jersey pockets! (nm)dave_w
Jan 11, 2003 2:24 PM
re: CamelbackMR_GRUMPY
Jan 11, 2003 3:11 PM
There are a few road versions of camelbacks. In fact, many time trialists use them to cut wind resistance. They don't have any pockets, and many wear them under their jersey. Aero, but tends to make you look like a hunchback.
Has this been invented?Frith
Jan 11, 2003 3:27 PM
A resevoir system that mounts somewhere on the bike? Frame? seat? It could double as a pack for a bit of gear, would give you the advantage of hands-free hydration without the downside of the sweaty straps and sweaty pack. Perhaps you (or me for that matter)could impovise a similar setup with traditional seat/frame packs combined with a bladder and hose. Maybe this has been invented or there are some practical implications I'm missing.
Has this been invented?NC_Jim
Jan 11, 2003 6:41 PM
I spotted a unit that attaches to the saddle and seat post that held 54 oz. of fluid with tool space, so yes someone beat us to it. May have been at Nashbar.
re: Camelbackjrm
Jan 11, 2003 3:49 PM
it carrys more than water, its not weight added to the bike.

And, many of you will say, "it doesn't matter what others think", well it does matter and you know it does. No it doesnt its about the ride not about conforming.
Sorry, can't buy your premisejtolleson
Jan 12, 2003 5:01 PM
We all KNOW that it matters what everyone else thinks... we're just in denial, right?

Sorry. I have a triple 'cause I want/need one. I have SPD mountain pedals on my Seven Axiom so that I can walk in my bike shoes. I keep the visor on my helmet. I'm a walking example of many uncool roadie things, and don't really give a flying ...

and hanging out with other grownups, even club rides, I see some others do the same, and some not. I don't wear a Camelbak because I don't like it hanging on my shoulders. No other reason.
all of the above, at one time or anotherJS Haiku Shop
Jan 13, 2003 7:46 AM
100 oz camelbak + 32 oz water bottles x2 in frame cages + 24 oz water bottles x2 in seatpost rack = 212 oz = 9 hrs on bike without a water stop. carrying 13+ pounds of water *and* the containers on "training" rides is equivalent to "swinging a weighted bat". IMHO carry drink powder and refresh the bottles from the camelbak.