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Old 10-11-2012, 10:23 AM   #25576
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drinking every 10 minutes means sipping from your water bottle without stopping or hardly slowing down. the only stops would be to refill the bottle every hour or so.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:51 AM   #25577
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drinking every 10 minutes means sipping from your water bottle without stopping or hardly slowing down. the only stops would be to refill the bottle every hour or so.

Hydration pack? Which brings me to a question...how come I never see roadies using hydration packs? It's either water bottles in the jersey or on the frame. Aerodynamics or sommat?
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:11 AM   #25578
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Hydration pack? Which brings me to a question...how come I never see roadies using hydration packs? It's either water bottles in the jersey or on the frame. Aerodynamics or sommat?
weight on your back sucks when riding LD. blocks ventilation, etc.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:16 AM   #25579
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Hydration pack? Which brings me to a question...how come I never see roadies using hydration packs? It's either water bottles in the jersey or on the frame. Aerodynamics or sommat?
I'll wear a Camelbak only when I'm on the cross bike out in the middle of nowhere, or on the MTB where I may be out for hours without easy access to civilization. Otherwise, I stick with bottles in cages due to their ease of use, lightweight, simple and I've usually calculated my calories per bottle based on what type of workout I'm doing. No excessive weight to carry on my back that inhibits sweating or heat buildup. I don't need all the extra storage of a pack on the road bike and it's just an understood breach of roadie etiquette to wear a Camelbak in a rotating paceline...
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:20 AM   #25580
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I have not invested in bottle cages or camel backs as of yet. I don't have a problem with the continuous pedaling. I just dislike the plastic water bottles. Maybe they have them in stainless and ultra thin/light?
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:25 AM   #25581
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That makes enough sense. I still use an older style Camelbak which does keep my back nice & warm. I run out of my 100 oz bladder in just over 2 hours on a warmer day...gonna consider adding cages next Summer as I ran out a few times this year. I'd never get anywhere using just bottles
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:36 AM   #25582
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I have not invested in bottle cages or camel backs as of yet. I don't have a problem with the continuous pedaling. I just dislike the plastic water bottles. Maybe they have them in stainless and ultra thin/light?
I put an inexpensive stainless cage on my wife's comfort bike like this...



that nicely holds one of these thermos bottles...


those bottles have a pushbutton popup drinking spout that has a straw inside so you don't have to tip them up. downside, they are only 600ml or smoething, so you go through them pretty quickly. upside, they keep water cold for /hours/ and they are totally leakproof when being transported.

FWIW, the newer bicycle thin HDPE bottles don't have the nasty plastic stench of the old ones.

I tried using one of these,


but, when I dropped it when it was half full of water, it cracked :-/

these are nice, might be my next buy. I had one before but it got lost.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:50 AM   #25583
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I have not invested in bottle cages or camel backs as of yet. I don't have a problem with the continuous pedaling. I just dislike the plastic water bottles. Maybe they have them in stainless and ultra thin/light?
Titanium is the way to go. Or carbon fiber.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:55 AM   #25584
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Speaking of bottle cages. Many of the modern plastic/carbon cages are unrealistically stiff, making bottle removal almost impossible. My advice is to actually slide bottles in/out of the cages in the store before buying one of these modern, ripoff priced, impractical, super stiff cages. I like the cheap old school metal ones because they flex just enough to work as intended.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:17 PM   #25585
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Speaking of bottle cages. Many of the modern plastic/carbon cages are unrealistically stiff, making bottle removal almost impossible. My advice is to actually slide bottles in/out of the cages in the store before buying one of these modern, ripoff priced, impractical, super stiff cages. I like the cheap old school metal ones because they flex just enough to work as intended.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:19 PM   #25586
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+1 on the Podium water bottles, they don't 'flavor' the water.

i've been happy with these water bottle cages, they do color the bottles a bit though

never lost a bottle, and its easy to get them in and out

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Old 10-11-2012, 12:23 PM   #25587
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My favorite cages are the Arundel Mandible. They also make a side loading bottle cage and a sweet stainless cage. Come to think of it, I like all their products. Very well thought out and very useful.

http://www.arundelbike.com/mandible.html
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:39 PM   #25588
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these cages aren't bad for standard water bottles but they don't hold other things like those stainless GoContigo bottles.


(Specialized Zee Cage)

kinda wish I'd known they had a left handed version.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:26 PM   #25589
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Ducnut, that Sram Apex might be the ticket!
My GF and I have been running Apex, for the last 2yrs. We really like it.

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As far as pacing myself, I pretty much go for a higher limit naturally and have a difficult time slowing down. I do take frequent stops now that some of you folks say to drink every ten minutes or so.
I used to be that way. Before, I was dead at 80mi. Now, I can do that mileage, every other day.

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With regards to going in the circular pattern, I am bored of riding in Las Vegas and have taken the show on the road. Wasn't cut off by a single car on the highway!
Didn't realize that's where you live. Two miles outside of my town and I'm in the country.

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I have not invested in bottle cages or camel backs as of yet. I don't have a problem with the continuous pedaling. I just dislike the plastic water bottles. Maybe they have them in stainless and ultra thin/light?
They do make stainless, cycling bottles. Be sure to get ones with the sports valve, as the screw lids are a PITA.

As for cages, get basic metal ones. That way you can bend them to whatever size bottle you have (mine will take a 32oz convenience store, water bottle). They usually come in 5mm or 6mm. Get the 6mm. The 5mm will loosen up, on rough roads.

Also, I run a Profile Design Aerodrink bottle on my aerobars. There are, also, bottle mounts that attach to the rear of your seat and will handle two bottles. You can, also, get a frame bag from Revelate Design and throw a Camelbak bladder in that and run the hose out the top.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:37 PM   #25590
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I always wear earplugs. Yes. You can still hear approaching cars.
I keep meaning to start doing the same -- to carry them along and put them in before descents. The windblast can get pretty loud, and my hearing is bad enough already.
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