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Camelbaks vs. bottles(15 posts)

Camelbaks vs. bottlesJeff Rage
Jul 10, 2003 7:22 AM
Something tells me I may have looked a little out of place on my first ride, having a Camelbak, a helmet with a visor, and muddy Mtn Bike shoes. I'd better watch out for the fashion police!

Seriously, do any of you use Camelbaks? Why do most roadies tend to use water bottles and saddle packs?

For Mtn Biking the Camelbak is much better, since it holds more water than two water bottles and it's much easier to get to than a bottle.
Ask the UCIandy02
Jul 10, 2003 7:26 AM
Most people carry more then one type of liquid, bottles are easier to clean, and races don't allow camelbaks.
What about ...Jeff Rage
Jul 10, 2003 7:32 AM
Helmets with visors and muddy Mtn Bike shoes? Are they legal for racing? :D)

Just joking! Not sure if I'll ever race, but that is something to think about.
Why has UCI made camelbaks illegal? (nm)KSC
Jul 10, 2003 8:28 AM
wear what you like. feel out of place? find another group. nmJS Haiku Shop
Jul 10, 2003 7:33 AM
I am comfrtable!Jeff Rage
Jul 10, 2003 7:58 AM
If something feels more comfortable, I don't care how it looks. It was trying to add humor to the thread.

The issue here is Camelbaks vs. water bottles/saddle packs.
there is no right answerJS Haiku Shop
Jul 10, 2003 8:22 AM
when i want to carry more than two bottles' worth of liquid, when i don't want to use bottles, or when i want to keep sports drink in bottles and water elsewhere, i'll use a camelbak. with a c'bak and two large bottles, one can travel a very long distance unsupported without stops (in moderate weather). with a seatpost/saddle-mounted 2-bottle rack added, it is possible to carry up to 228 ounces of liquid.

there is no right answer. find out what's right for you and do it. you are likely to solicit as many different answers (from snobbing at camelbaks, to my post on the other end of the spectrum) as there are minutes in a long ride.

as for muddy mtb shoes and a visor, more power to ya. i've been dropped by guys in worse, including platforms, dirty white sneakers, and a kickstand. gotta keep it real, right?
summer = camelbak. fall, winter, spring = bottles (nm)terry b
Jul 10, 2003 7:48 AM
re: Camelbaks vs. bottlesjtolleson
Jul 10, 2003 8:12 AM
I don't want something on my back if I can help it, so I only wear the Camelbak on long, hot rides with limited refill opportunities. At organized events bottles are great since there are refills every 15-20 miles. After work rides are fine for 1-2 bottles. But long Saturday training rides I've certainly worn a Camelbak. I've also used it in the high country when I need jacket, arm warmers, leg warmers, full fingered gloves available.

Like you I use mt shoes. I do too much sport touring and recreational distance riding. I like the walkability and I ain't switchin'.
re: Camelbaks vs. bottlesDERICK
Jul 10, 2003 8:52 AM
I use a Camelbak on every ride and have never had anyone try to make me feel uncomfortable. I started out mountainbiking and gave up water bottles when I discovered hydration packs. I feel much more comfortable drinking from a Camelbak than I do from a bottle. Plus, there is no chance of dropping a bottle and causing a crash behind you.

I also use mountain shoes so I can walk if I need to.

It really is your decision. Your chioce of shoes and method of hydration don't affect the rest of the group or cause a risk so don't worry about it.
re: Camelbaks vs. bottlest0adman
Jul 10, 2003 9:58 AM
I'm all about the Camelback on hot and/or long rides. I like having a huge water source, and using my bottles to make carbo gel and supplement formulas. Racers and hardcore roadies are a cliquey group and they tend to see nonconformity as a sign of an outsider (at least in some experiences I've had). They remind me of ski racers in some ways, but I digress. Use what works best and remember to have fun!
I'm supposed to have fun ?!? (nm)Jeff Rage
Jul 10, 2003 11:04 AM
Jul 10, 2003 10:13 AM
Lots of people use them now, even road racers.

Almost all endurance racers (over 200 miles) use them, where continuous complete hydration is vital. I use them in long events, particularly when it's hot. For the 508, I used them especially on the really long (up to 20 mile) descents in the desert where I could sip continuously while keeping my hands on the bars and in an aero position. I could not have finished that race with just bottles.

However, I don't like the weight on my back on big climbs, particularly if I'm getting out of the saddle.

Little of bothJervis
Jul 10, 2003 10:17 AM
I like to use both hydration packs and watter bottles, it just depends on what I'm riding. For week day training rides with the local club, I take one or two bottles (usually one but depending on heat....). I have a fairly cheap hydration pack that's not overtly comfortable so I don't like riding road with it. I always seem to notice every little movement it makes. Same goes for organized rides. When you have a rest stop every + - 20 miles you have no need for an excess amount of water (unless it's hot or you normally drink a lot), it just adds weight. Also the hydration pack insulates the living hell out of your back and allows no breathing. As for mountain biking, I've never ridden bottles and always use my hydration pack. It doesn't matter how much it bounces around and I can always be sure that it's not going anywhere (as opposed to bottles, which have the possibility of hopping out on occation). As for dropping the bottle on the trail, I usually take enough brakes that I don't have to drink while I ride. FWIW

more of a bottle person myselfmoschika
Jul 11, 2003 12:43 AM
never have had a c'back. i don't like things covering my back like that. 2 bottles seem to work fine for all my rides so far. i've never been a heavy water drinker while riding, so i tend to make my water last. i get cramps if i swallow more then a mouthful at one time. i've managed to outlast folks with camelbacks, and have been able to share from my bottles.

i also don't use a seat bag and carry every thing in my jersey pockets. doesn't make much sense since i don't like things on my back but prefer my tubes and tools in my jersey. but it works for me.