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Thread: Hydration

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    On the Road lutkamom's Avatar
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    I like taking long (8 hrs +) day trips on my krs on the weekends. I'm finding it hard to stay hydrated during the rides. I get off the bike about once an hour to pull out a bottle of water and down it, but I was wondering how other riders hydrate while on the bike. I've seen riders using camel back packs, but I really don't want to have a water bag on my back while riding.

    Any suggestions? Has anyone designed a way to carry on the handlebars or fairing or tank so ou can take a sip while riding?


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    Rally Rat RTRandy's Avatar
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    Don't rule out a Camelbak. They work great and they won't effect your handling of the bike what so ever. You won't even know you have it on as it stays secure. The water stays ice cold for over five hours so you're drinking ice cold water whenever you want it. The filler cap is extra wide to allow for filling with ice cubes easily. The bite valve and tube hangs ready to slip under your helmet and it's real easy to drink at a fast rate if you're super thirsty. Their basic model is around $40 so it could be worth a shot. I would never do long days without one. Ask anyone who's tried them.

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    Still Wondering mika's Avatar
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    I do not wear my camel back. Rather I will strap it on the bike seat behind me or on another place with the hose leading where I may access it at a stop light or a quick pull over to look at a map.
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    Registered User R100RS's Avatar
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    I keep my Camelbak (bladder only) in my tankbag and run the hose out through the zipper. With the angled bite valve, I can stay hydrated while moving even wearing a full-face helmet.

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    "Road Worthy" LRider's Avatar
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    My camelbak was great until it broke in my tankbag. I just go the old fashioned way, with a water bottle and pulling over for a sip. Doesn't seem to slow me down much........
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    I have a camelback as well as a bladder in my tankbag. One is filled with diluted gatorade the other with water. The water I can use in my camp area for cooking too when going out in the boonies.
    If you get dehydrated your reaction times will suffer and you can become disoriented as well. Taking frequent brakes off the bike will help you stay safer. The trick that works for me is to sip water continuosly and not when you feel thirsty, by then it is too late . I'd rather stop extra for a personal break than just for gas stops. I am not riding ironbutts, so what's the rush??YMMV

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    Rally Rat torags's Avatar
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    Down a bottle and you'll have to pee in 45 min. A mouthful every 20 - 30 of the same amount and you won't have to go for hours. My experience (& I'm a p**sser)

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    I bought a platypus water bladder and put it in my tank panniers or on short trip in my tank bag. Works great I fill it with ice and water and it'll be cold all day. I was using it going from Wisconsin to Oregon where it was over 100 every day.
    I have a attachment with a hose and a little valve you bite on to get water. Its much better to take sips often then to slam a bottle every stop.
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    Slowpoke & Proud of It! BRADFORDBENN's Avatar
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    Constant Hydration is the key

    If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated...

    I do a camelbak strapped on to me most times, over the suit. It does not bother me. Plus I am not tangled up in anything when mounting dismounting the bike. I have also done the larger 70oz or so Platypus strapped to the rear seat.

    I don't like putting mine in the tank bag, cause that is where electronics and other things I want to keep dry are. I have never had a leak, but well why risk it.

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    Registered User einnar's Avatar
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    Camelback on my back. I can feed the bite valve in between the visor and chinpiece, and drink on the move. Only drawback is.. stopping every 100 mi or so to pee. I'd rather be doing that than be dehydrated, though.

    I find the 100 oz ones, half to 3/4 filled, will rest most of their weight on the pilion seat, or luggage hooked to it. I wear it on my shoulders, but rarely bear any of the weight from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lutkamom
    I've seen riders using camel back packs, but I really don't want to have a water bag on my back while riding.
    I started using a Camelbak 50oz Hydrobak this year and I don't wear it. I run the straps through the d-rings on my tankbag to sling it facing me. I put a bungee net over it to keep it from moving and to stash the hose but it isn't necessary. Carrying it this way interferes with entry to the map pocket and, of course, opening the bag but it's a good trade off.

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    25-MPH NEXT 1OO MILES PacWestGS's Avatar
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    I Too Use a CamelbaK

    I have several (different sizes/carriers) but my favorite MC one is the TRANSALP Backpack. It holds the 3L (100oz) bladder and has two main internal pouches and three exterieror mesh pouches. It carries all the things I need for a day trip: tools, FAK, cel phone, GPS, a couple PowerBars, and I can pack my warmies/WP-liners. It fits so comfortable that after the first ten-minutes I forget it's there.

    Also, I look at it like a spine-protector. The water bladder is closest to your back and the shoulder and waist straps keep it all in place.

    I carry 2 One-liter Nalgene bottles for cooking and back-up in the panniers when traveling or camping.

    I only put clean H2O in the Camelbaks because I got tired of throwing them away after forgetting to clean them out.

    I'll stop when getting gas and down a bottle of Power/Gator-Aid as needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LRider
    My camelbak was great until it broke in my tankbag. I just go the old fashioned way, with a water bottle and pulling over for a sip. Doesn't seem to slow me down much........
    Had the same happen to me, bite valve disappeared on camelbak in backpack...bought a $10 wally-world bladder for the rest of the trip. Have since upgraded to a Chicane canyonEX tank bag with bladder port. No problems many a miles later and tank bag is a nice fit for the GT/RS IMHO.

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    Some jackets like the Rally2 have the camelbak built into the back of the jacket, it works great but it does add weight to an already heavy jacket. Otherwise would just placing the camelback on the tank or tank bag work for you with a long hose to sip from? Even without a tank bag either staps or velcro could be used to secure it and if it were on top of the tank bag then it could not ruin what was inside it right?

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    Registered User easy's Avatar
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    If you are drinking enough water you should be hydrated.

    If the good advice offered above does not solve the problem, you might also want to take a look at your medical condition. Some prescriptions are diuretics. Other related health problems can cause dehydration. Had that annual physical yet?


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