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Staying Hydrated(5 posts)

Staying Hydratedtxcross
Mar 7, 2003 2:30 PM
Just a quick question on how everybody out there stays hydrated on long rides.

I have noticed while riding that very few roadies wear hydrations packs (I'm an exception). Generally on a 4 to 5 hour ride I will carry 70 ounces of water in the pack and then an additional 20 ounces of Gatorade in my frame mounted water bottle. Total of 90 ounces.

Those of you that carry 2 bottles (40 ounces)how do you do it. Do you plan your rides ensuring that you can stop at convenience stores along the way and buy water? Is 40 ounces enough? Do you stash bottles in jersey pockets?
re: Staying Hydratedgtscottie
Mar 7, 2003 2:58 PM
I do a large amount of Mountain biking as a result I am used to the hydra packs so on long rides I don't mind carrying one on the road. ( I do get some strange looks at times) A lot of roadies seem to not like the extra weight on their backs but I like the conveniance of not having to reach for a bottle.
larger bottles?DougSloan
Mar 7, 2003 4:12 PM
First, you can carry larger bottles. I have some 28 and some 32 ounce bottles.

For mountain rides, I don't like the weight on my back, so I use just bottles. I drink about a bottle an hour, and plan my ride stops accordingly.

For long solo training rides in hot weather across our desert valley here, I've carried as much as 4x32 ounce bottles and a 70 ounce Camelbak. However, that's for flat ground, 200 mile, 100 degree rides.

Don't forget to drink a bottle right before you leave. Then you are actually carrying more water. Also, drink extra when you do stop, and leave with full bottles.

90 ounces of water weighs, well, 90 ounces, right? That's 5.6 pounds of water, plus containers. That's quite a bit if you are climbing fast with a group. For training alone, though, who cares? Speed is irrelevant.

Here's one way to do itKerry
Mar 7, 2003 5:08 PM
2 24 oz bottles. Drink 12-16 oz before you get on the bike. A 20 oz Coke at the break (you do stop once in a 5 hour ride, don't you?). Refill the water bottles at the break. By my calculation, that's 116 oz on the ride plus the 16 oz "pre-load." And if it's real hot, make a water stop to refill during the 2nd half of the ride - takes less than 5 minutes for sure. With this approach, you get all the water you need and you're carrying an average of 1.5 lb of water instead of the nearly 3 lb (plus the wt. of the hydration pack) average that you carry. Just a theory.
drink water all day long ! 8 glasses even if ya dont ride!the bull
Mar 7, 2003 6:32 PM
If you are going to stay hydrated on any ride this summer drink allot of water all day long.
Having 2 bottles full when you pull off is important
make sure you drink right before you ride.
As for the camelback thing - uncool,heavy,and uncomfortable
but whatever works for you is good.