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camelbak for a roadie(!)

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by halo, 23 Jan 2008.

  1. halo

    halo New Member

    I'm looking at getting a camelbak or similar ( decathlon? ) for long summer rides. Anyone like to recommend a particular brand / model specifically for road use. Storeage isn't such as issue - would like around a 2 litre bladder and room for a couple of tubes / waterproof.

    Cheers.
     
  2. Monst

    Monst New Member

    Location:
    The boonies
    For the road, don't bother. You can fit all you need in your jersey pockets/saddle pack/frame mounted bottles. The smaller camelbacks/generic type packs that would suit, ie two litre - do not have the carry space. If you can get one with larger pockets then weight on your back, heat (sweatiness etc) becomes an issue.

    The other tip I've learnt is look at the weather forecasts before you ride (not just the BBC!!!) Why carry a large coat/waterproof when its going to be fine, when a small gilet and arm warmers may do - and they can fold away tightly to fit in your jersey pockets.

    I have a Leisure lakes branded hydropak for a bargain £15 quid some time ago and this takes a two litre bladder and has a pocket for some spares, but any spare clothing has to be straped under the saddle. The heat and chaffing/weight made it unbearable for the road, but mountain biking with frequent stops is ok.
     
  3. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    2 litres? 2Kg of water on your back?

    Get some bottle bosses fitted.
     
  4. LLB

    LLB Guest

    I've got one, but I stopped using it as I didn't like the taste through the tube, was a lot of hassle cleaning it every time, and got very sweaty as stated above.

    Not worth the money for a roadie, better with frame mounted bottles .
     
  5. mondobongo

    mondobongo Über Member

    Would not fancy having the weight of a camelbak on my back going downhill on the drops, possibly going to slide forwards given the different position on a road bike to an mtb.

    If however you really want one.
     
  6. ransos

    ransos Legendary Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Never found it to be a problem myself - I use one for touring, road and MTB duties.
     
  7. LLB

    LLB Guest

    I didn't find the weight a problem, but it was like any backpack a bit restrictive to wear.