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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-09-2018, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Stay Hydrated

It gets hot here in Georgia and you can become dehydrated before you know it. I guy in a group I ride with uses a hydration pack. I was going through a closet and came across one I bought at costco 7 or 8 years ago when I was bicycling a fair amount, had never use it still had the tags on it.

Tried it out yesterday when I went for a modest 250 mile ride on the V, what a great idea, easy to fill these things up with ice and they hold 2L of water. You can get them for under $20 or a lot more for a name brand like camel back. Was easy to take a sip while riding, no problem. Will before part of my basic gear form here on.
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Many ADV riders use hydration packs. I use one for mountain biking and will use it on my motorcycle if I get the opportunity to take any trips on it.

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Here in the desert I took the bladder out of mine. I fill it the night before and put it in the fridge. Just before the ride I put the bladder in the rear armor pocket with my back armor and loop the tube over my shoulder. Keeps my back cool and works easy for getting a sip of water, even on the fly if absolutely necessary.

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ANY ride longer than half a day I wear my 100 ounce PLATYPUS hydration pack in a knap-sack on my back. I don't worry about using ice, or cooling it down - ALL I want is "WET"...!

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I added a Fly Racing hydration pack to my gear ensemble and have not regretted it one bit. And I concur with the post about throwing the full bladder in the fridge the night before. It's made a difference in how I feel on the bike on hot rides. And if a person buying a hydration pack thinks they need a bite valve that's at an angle because of their full face helmet, they should go ahead and get one of them too.
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I have a 2.5L bladder with an insulated sleeve and a long hose that is also insulated that I put into my tank bag. The hose has a keychain retractor attached to the tank bag so I can just drop the bite valve and it doesn't fall into a bad place.

I fill the bladder half full then freeze it standing with the hose attachment up. Fill before riding with cold water and have ice cold water all day long. If the water in the hose gets warm I'm reminded to take a sip more often!

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Here's my rig for long hot rides. The pink doober is a retracter, and you can't see the end with the bite valve 'cuz it's tucked into a pocket on the tank bag.

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