Road riders- how to carry more water?
No, not a camelback, it's really uncomfortable on my roadbike and makes my back hurt.
So, I want to start doing longer rides 6hours and more. I've tried to pursuade friends to follow me in the car and hand me bags of food and bottles of water but they make excuses about "being busy".
I currently carry 2x750ml bottle but when it warms up that is normally only good for upto 4 hours. What do people do? I don't want to have to stop to refil if at all possible as that means I have to plan these into my route.
I thought about getting some of the triathalon style seatpost mounted things but they interfer with a saddle bag. Any suggestions or experience. I'm currently on taking a cheap bottle in a jersey pocket that I can ditch in the nearest bin when empty.Posted 8 years agotonyg2003Subscriber
errr most people stop and buy water/fill up – carry some energy powder in ready to add amounts.
"So, I want to start doing longer rides 6hours and more. I've tried to pursuade friends to follow me in the car and hand me bags of food and bottles of water but they make excuses about "being busy"."!!Posted 8 years agoGary_MMember
As above, stop at a shop. Carry a daft wee cable lock which will stop someone nicking your back for the seconds it takes to get in/out the shop. On a 6 hour ride, say 100 miles, I'm sure you pass a shop. You could also stop at a farmhouse, for example, and ask to fill your bottles.
Having someone follow you in a car whilst you do a 6 hour ride is ridiculous, I presume you're joking.Posted 8 years agotaxi25Member
why don't you drive round the route before riding it, dropping off water bottles at various points, maybe hidden in the bushes?
I used to do that for long runs (15-20m)in hot weather. But it would be silly to do it for a 100m bike ride. Just stop off and buy what you need.Posted 8 years agozaskarMember
Cafes, petrol stations and Tesco/sainsburys or water fountains?
Also Topeak do a bottle cage that will hold a 2 litre bottle of water lol.
Bottle cage on the seat post too.
Food bag of electrolyte and energy bars.
There are comfy bladders built into road jerseys if you want to spend that sort of money…
Get sponsership or knock on someones door for water in exchange for chocolate.Posted 8 years agomissingfrontallobeMember
Start the ride with two large bottles full of sports drink, plus some energy bars of choice. Stop at petrol station en route and buy either H2O or Lucozade sport, flap jacks if solids needed.
I'd be "busy" too if someone asked me to follow them on a 6 hour ride to hand up bottles, unless they paid me for my time & fuel costs 😯Posted 8 years agoMrTallMember
One of these?
Means you can have a 1.5l bottle and another 750ml as usual assuming your frame is big enough?Posted 8 years agoKucoMember
If your that concerned about stopping try one of these. Though I just stop at a shop or garage.Posted 8 years ago
I use a two bottle, under seat rack and can still get the saddle bag on fine; if you need to get into the saddle bag, it's usually cos you've stopped anyway (be flat or to get out a phone/cash etc), so not like you need overly easy access the whole time.
That, plus two in the frame, then refill as needs be from wherever en route. A few ziploc bags with a bottles worth of drink mix in for when you do, all sorted.Posted 8 years ago
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