So what do you do with your camelbak bladder after a ride??
like any STW’r I empty and clean mine properly before drying it with an expensive free range cloth and freezing next to my organic bean mix….
or try and rinse out, it gets used a fair bit so gets emptied fairly regular. If it’s had something other than water it’s more a priority.
From that state lots of milton, and the brush to clean the hose or replace. Leave in a sink of hot water for a bit too.Posted 4 years agocaptainsideburnsMember
Camelbak is your problem. Source bladder has much better valve and magnetic clip.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve used this bladder 2-3 times a week for 2 years, never cleaned, don’t empty it or stick it in the freezer. I’ve only used water, but it still tastes perfectly fine.hammyukMember
The Camelback design is crap – Hydrapac here for years, roll top, turn it inside out, hose removable, etc. Had water, drinks, hyrado tabs, allsorts in there – rinse, dry and no issues.Posted 4 years ago
Camelback only got the exposure because of the US military contract which then got them the UK on. SHite quality in comparison to the other makes out there and massively overpriced but they get bought because of the “name”excitable1Member
The hydration tablets fizz just like the Milton tablets. It was probably twice as bad until you use them in the summer. I’m guessing you’re a spirit drinker cus you must be killing that sh1te off in your stomach some how !!!
After every ride I rinse mine out a couple of times (hose included), then leave it in the sink with the bladder 3/4 full of water with the lid off and the mouthpiece wrapped round and dipped in the bladder for a day or two. Then I hang it upside down over the sink with the Camelbak hook you can buy and with the expansion clips round the lid propped open. By the weekend it’s dry and ready to go again.
P1sses the wife off no end becuase it’s ‘more bike clutter round the bloody house’Posted 4 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
Rinse, freezer. Repeat. Until it gets smeggy, then i give it a quick milton (or use denture cleaning tablets, have a nicer aftertaste)
When it gets really smeggy, I rinse, milton, and then sell on here.
JOKE! Anyone I’ve ever sold a bladder to, it will have been looked after properlyPosted 4 years agoexcitable1Member
Slightly off topic… but always makes me laugh thinking about a post someone put on here a fews back telling the story about a fellow rider who filled their Camelbak full of sparkling water and the obvious consequences when they took their first drink through the tube.Posted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
Source bladder here, brilliant being able to get right into the thing and empty it out properly. only ever put water in it.
Empty out, rinse dry out as much as I can then leave it open and upside down on the draining board overnight, stash the hose, coiled up inside it and then just keep it in a dry cupboard.
The freezer thing is a new one on me, but I can see the logic might start doing that it can’t do any harm I suppose, might have trouble explaining it to the missus though…
TBF you don’t have to buy a posh bladder though for the cost of a Camebak or Source bladder you could get 4 or 5 cheap one’s off ebay and just bin em when they get manky…Posted 4 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
When I remember, empty, hang upside down with a spacery thing in there to stop the sides sticking together.
I rarely remember, so in reality, leave it in the bag until the next ride, then hurriedly give it a rinse, once over with a bottle brush, and occasional Milton tablet.
which reminds me… It’s half full, in the bag right now, and been there several weeks.Posted 4 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
filled their Camelbak full of sparkling water and the obvious consequences when they took their first drink through the tube.
I made that mistake with an electrolyte tab, which released co2 as it dissolved and inflated the bladder, which then built enough pressure to start blowing spurts of fluid out of the hose as enough pressure built up to open the bite valve.Posted 4 years ago
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