camelbak, not worth it?
only if most rides are mincing round your local park. If you mountian bike in mountains they are quite good. Great for carrying food, spare tubes, water and all that crap without buying stupid tops with pockets in them.
You can also carry those small plastic troll figures in themPosted 3 years agonjee20Subscriber
Great for carrying food, spare tubes, water and all that crap without buying stupid tops with pockets in them.
See all my tops have pockets for carrying food, spare tubes, water and all that crap, so I don’t have to buy a stupid overpriced rucksack. I also am far less bitter about other people having choices, and see why people do use them.Posted 3 years agobreadcrumbSubscriber
If I’m out for 15ish miles or less I’ll generally not take the camelbak. If its a new ride, or maybe more techy I’d take the camelbak.
I’ve even been known to not take anything at all, I’m crazy like that sometimes!
As for value, I bought a cheapo £15 no brand camelbak copy, lasted two rides. After that bought a proper one and its been fine for the last 5 years. A poor man pays twice.Posted 3 years ago
The prices charged are now ludicrous….take a bow Acre.
If I’m mucking about on the local jumps and DH runs then it stays at home because I dint like jumping or riding DH with one. Any XC or trail ride then it gets worn. I hate riding with stuff in jersey pockets….even on the road, anything other than a phone and food is annoying hence me braking ‘the rules’ and using a saddle bag.Posted 3 years agochrishc777Member
I have a HAWG which is the biggest one I think and take it out every ride. I leave pump shock pump (once randomly lost all air in forks and not been out without one since) tubes and tools in there, which is my minimum for a ride, then for a quick blast i just pick it up and go, or depending on the ride add bladder, food, jacket, spare kit etc.Posted 3 years ago
Amazingly it does actually work without filling it up, i’d rather have too much space and not allways use it all than not have enough and break the zips trying to fit everything in…
Plus if I only have 40 minutes to get ready get out and get back I don’t want to spend 20 figuring out which pack bottle or jersey to take.
Cost me £50 in the crc salecrashtestmonkeyMember
I like them as it saves me having to worry what i need to take as it is all sat there and I just pick it up check for water and then ride
(I’m usually bleary-eyed and half awake when I’m throwing everything together for an MTB ride)
my bike has no bottle mounts
Only ever bought em cheap/half price, and my ’98 MULE only got retired a year or so ago as my other half banned me from repairing it and bought me a new pack for my birthday.Posted 3 years agowobbliscottMember
I don’t see why they are more overkill than any other method of carrying stuff around – so long as you’re not filling full of superfluous stuff. You don’t have to fill the bladders, they don’t weight much so wha’t the problem? You only have to decide if you can stand having a backpack on while riding. It doesn’t bother me and don’t see why rodies don’t wear them instead of cluttering up their bikes with bottle cages and saddle bags. A very practical solution.
As for the cost – well there are plenty who seem to think that spending more than £30 on Lycra shorts is acceptable so £80 for a really useful and practical thing that will last for years seems a bargain to me.Posted 3 years agonickcSubscriber
Used a North Face Hammerhead since about 2008, cost about £60 IIRC, so at about a tenner a year, it’s not worse than replacing bottles I guess. Bike has no frame mounts, and it’s got my tube and repair kit pre-loaded (so to speak) so it’s no bother.
Oddly though, I carry all my stuff in jersey pockets on the road bike.
Choice is greatPosted 3 years agognusmasSubscriber
I keep all essentials (pump, tube, multitool, sram link etc) in my HAWG and use it when i am commuting and on the trails. Got a HAWG for the extra room as i needed to carry work clothes in it when commuting. Only use a bladder on proper rides, i use a bottle when i am on the road. I do have a smaller camelbak for shorter rides but got fed up swapping stuff between the 2 bags so just use my HAWG now.Posted 3 years agoac282Member
So say your sans camelbak and you want to take a jacket in case it rains or it gets cold, where do you keep it
Cycling jersey. Goretex jacket in one pocket, Tube, multitool, levers, gas, patches and pump (all in a ziplock freezer bag to keep everything clean) in another, phone and food in the third.
This is OK for summer riding. I carry a camelback with a spare base layer and a space blanket for going up actual hills in winter.Posted 3 years agoTheArtistFormerlyKnownAsSTRSubscriber
I’ve just retired my ancient Mule after who knows how many years of abuse and replaced it with a new Mule NV.
Considering I carry a pump, shock pump, tyre levers, multitool/allenkeys, brake pads, mech hanger, zip ties, 2 x tubes, gel sachet’s/jelly babies, 1.5-2.5l of water and (bearing in mind this is the UK) more often than not another layer of some description on nearly all of my rides….I’d say, they are not only worth it, but essential.Posted 3 years ago
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