Road riders- how to carry more water?

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  • jonb
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    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.

    JoB
    Member

    what do people do?

    i stop at garages/cafes/shops, there's quite a few around so not too hard to pass then on route

    Premier Icon tonyg2003
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    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"."!!

    Gary_M
    Member

    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.

    why don't you drive round the route before riding it, dropping off water bottles at various points, maybe hidden in the bushes?

    Gary_M
    Member

    Have we stumbled upon the worlds most un environmentally friendly cyclist? 😆

    taxi25
    Member

    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.

    jonb
    Member

    Having someone follow you in a car whilst you do a 6 hour ride is ridiculous, I presume you're joking.

    Errrr, yes!

    zaskar
    Member

    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.

    Premier Icon boxelder
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    One of the 14 year olds I teach came up with an ingenious water solution for desert survival – dehydrated water, then you can carry loads and all you do is add water……….

    crikey
    Member

    What a massive non-problem!

    Just buy water and Coke from garages.
    No need for any locks, no need to cart around extra weight.

    clubber
    Member

    As above. Pubs will also usually let you fill your water bottles. Brings cash if not for garages and for food.

    Can't believe that you'd seriously ask someone to follow you in a car though!

    shedfull
    Member

    How about a couple of these mounted on the bars with a cage and 1.5l bottle in each?

    Alternatively, Topeak do some seatpost mounted racks and bags that would keep you gear and fluids off your back.

    Premier Icon Sandwich
    Subscriber

    Buy 1 litre bottles from Wiggle

    t-p 26
    Member

    Put a trailer on the back and carry the "extra" in there 😀

    Mackem
    Member

    Seal up the tubes of your bike, make a small hole in the top-tube. Use hole to fill bike tubes with water, then put a long straw into the hole. Job done.

    Premier Icon edhornby
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    are you fully hydrated before you go out? sounds like a lot of fluid….

    DenDennis
    Member

    you could put a urine filter system into your bike shorts then rig up some kind of perpetual motion sealed unit affair 😆

    west kipper
    Member

    Why dont you get the moped rider who's doing the motor-pacing in front to carry some water for you.
    You do have a chap who motor-paces dont you?, Most roadies do. 😉

    oldgit
    Member

    I resorted to buying and carrying a 2 litre bottle in my back pocket on one hot ride.
    Unless you leave water out before hand you'll need to get some en route.
    I use MUNN tablets and add on the go.

    oldgit
    Member

    It made a usefull shower as well, mad dogs and Englishmen and all that.
    Plus my bike only carries one bottle, stopping at a village shop will only cost you a few seconds.

    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 😯

    Premier Icon epicyclo
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    I know it's not fashionable now, but we used to ride all day with just a water bottle and refill from any stream.

    Why not get your missus to ride alongside carrying all the spare water? 🙂

    MrTall
    Member

    One of these?

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=4962

    Means you can have a 1.5l bottle and another 750ml as usual assuming your frame is big enough?

    headfirst
    Member

    2 x 1 litre bike bottles from wiggle

    Err isn’t why café stop were invented?

    Also don’t ride through the Vale of York on a Saturday as it is mainly shut – did a very dry ride through there a couple of years ago – it was drier then the Sahara not much fun on a 5 hour ride

    Kuco
    Member

    If your that concerned about stopping try one of these. Though I just stop at a shop or garage.
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/triathlon/10/Profile_Aqua_Rear_Mount_Bottle_Cage_System/5360036039/

    Steve-Austin
    Member

    Just ride in the rain with your mouth open.

    samuri
    Member

    you could put a urine filter system into your bike shorts then rig up some kind of perpetual motion sealed unit affair

    yeah but then he'll lose the nice taste.

    I'd suggest just taking one bottle, anyone who drinks more than that is doing it wrong.

    jonb
    Member

    So I've narrowed my choices down to one of these

    or one of these

    I think the first one is more practical, as it also solves the problem of punctures too.

    cullen-bay
    Member

    camelback racepack?

    maybe makes it look like ou have (bigger) moobs?

    langy
    Member

    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.

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