Cycling and the Camelback.

Discussion in 'Sportives' started by in difficulty, 22 Jun 2008.

  1. in difficulty

    in difficulty New Member

    Modesto, CA.
    Does anyone use a Camelback type system to keep hydrated? Not having to reach for a bottle and carrying plenty of liquids totally makes sense to me but I have never seen a cyclist wearing one.
    If you have a reason why you don't wear one let me know.
    Your opinions please.
  2. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    Sweaty back, limits movement, difficult to keep clean, annoying to fill.

    I also do not find it difficult to reach for a bottle.
  3. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    but apart from that?
  4. numbnuts

    numbnuts Legendary Member

    North Baddesley
    I've been using one for at least 8 years now road and MTB and I find them great, in the winter I fill it with warm juice stays warm for 3 hours in the summer I put in a freezer pack :angry:
  5. dodgy

    dodgy Guru

    For proper offroad MTB a Camelbak is great (I use one), for road use bottles are fine.

  6. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    I used one (or something similar) last weekend over a 5-hour course. Filled it twice and had no problems with it - apart from it dribbling from the mouthpiece onto my left thigh, until I sussed out that if you blow the liquid back into the bag from the tube, it'll stop dribbling. I had a bottle too, which I also find no problem reaching for.
    I wouldn't use a camelback for shortish rides (one or two bottles should be enough), but for longer jaunts, I think they are very good, especially as you can put smaller items in them without having to stuff them in your jersey/jacket pockets.
    I didn't sweat more than normal either, so, yes, I would certainly recommend them.
  7. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    I use a camelbak off-road, but don't on road.

    No problems with movement, just gets a bit warm. No rules why you can't use on on the road though, so feel free ;)
  8. The reason you can't use it on the road is that it bashes you in the back of the head all the time! MTB only IMHO.
  9. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    LOL Good point Kirstie!
  10. LLB

    LLB Guest

    I've got one, but don't use it - they taste horrible ;)
  11. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Meanwood, Leeds
    I use one for all of my 100km Audax rides and on cycle camping tours. I use a Camelback Mule and it's given excellent service over the past three years. I still use the origianl bladder. Providing you keep on top of the washing/rinsing and drying of the bladder, it will not taint drinks. Even after I forgot about an orange juice/water mix for a week or so and it fermented, a good wash and rinse purged it of the stale beer odour....

    I rarely see them in use by roadies but they are common place amongste the off road cycling community.

    Although some folk find that their backs get sweaty, I have not really suffered from this.
  12. mondobongo

    mondobongo Über Member

    Great for off-road use used a mule and the massive Hawg in the past, due to the different positioning on a road bike to an mtb they are not so well suited to road use.

    Have recently got one of the Camelbak Podium bottles and am well impressed. Yep its a few quid more than an ordinary bottle but the camelbak valve in the bottle is well worth it.
  13. Mr Celine

    Mr Celine Discordian

    I was given a camelback road version for xmas. Only used it once.

    Pain in the arse to fill it, sweaty back, irritating chest strap, harder to drink from than a bottle, no way of telling how much juice you've drunk/got left, pain in the arse to clean it afterwards.

    Most useless piece of kit I've ever been given.
  14. dodgy

    dodgy Guru

    Thanks for the vote of confidence, I've just gone and ordered two (710ml size) as I was looking for decent new bottles ;)

  15. ian_oli

    ian_oli Über Member

    Generally agree about not using Camelbaks and don't use mine much. Would now only use mine in hot weather as a supplement to bottles in places where getting refills frequently might be problematic.
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