|Gatorade 24oz Plastic Bottle||Fez|
Mar 26, 2003 9:01 AM
|Lots of folks complain about limited capacity with bike water bottles and what a pain it is to clean them.
Sounds like using a Gatorade 24oz bottle w/ sport cap solves the problem. 20% more liquid capacity and it is disposable/recyclable anyway, so reusing it on your bike a few times is no big deal.
Is this too Fred of an idea? I never see any true roadies with disposable gatorade or bottled water bottles in their cages.
|re: Gatorade 24oz Plastic Bottle||russw19|
Mar 26, 2003 9:09 AM
|Have you ever suffered heat stroke on a ride from dehydration? I have. It sucks giant monkey nuts!
If someone called me a Fred for trying to carry more water and staying hydrated... screw em. Ever woken up in the middle of the night with your calves locked in excruciating pain... it's from dehydration.
If it ever comes down to a choice of not enough fluids and looking like a Fred, guess my new last name is Flintstone!
Russ, I mean Fred!
|There was a cage made by Blackburn called the Bomber that||Ken of Fresno|
Mar 26, 2003 9:29 AM
|was designed to hold those 1 liter plastic Evian water bottles. Sounded like a good idea, but I never see 'em any more. If you have trouble carrying enough H2O why not get a hydration pack? Sierra Trading Post has a great deal on a North Face one that seems pretty good. At 40% off of their already silly cheap price it might be hard to pass up. TNF has a lifetime gurantee on all their stuff as well.
|I'm with Ken on this one.||jw25|
Mar 27, 2003 10:12 AM
|I mtb, and during the summer, you really need to use a hydration pack for anything over an hour.
On road, depending on the route, I'll use a 70 ounce pack instead of or in addition to bottles (several routes have artesian wells where you can refill, but some are dry).
The pack isn't obtrusive once you're used to it, and there's enough different brands out there that one will fit you. Personally, I used to use Camelbaks, but found the Blackburn/Hydrapak's to fit me better. For road use, I'd go for something with minimal storage and a streamlined shape, but they're pretty common.
Otherwise, aren't large bottles 24 ounces? I'll have to measure, but I seem to recall small ones going about 16-20, depending, and large around 24. Zefal makes the "Magnum", whihc has a taller upper, and holds 30 ounces.
Also, be sure to preload before the ride. Try to stay hydrated regardless, and drink an extra 16-20 ounces before you go out for a ride. I've found this to help a lot, though you may need to make a stop mid-ride. Good excuse to refuel, anyway.