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matthew
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PostSubject: Hydration While Touring   Sun Aug 01, 2010 4:19 pm

As a direct result of my last 3 day tour in June, during which I did not stay hydrated to the extent that one needs to while riding long distances in hot, dry, summer, desert weather, and subsequently developing a bladder infection with some pretty serious complications (this was not the only causal factor, but one contributing condition), I've thought more seriously about personal hydration.

In looking into options, I settled on this:
http://coolbandanas.com/vests/gulpz.htm

I got the Hi-Viz Lime one, and am now experimenting with it around the house.

It doesn't matter what method you use, but I'm just sharing this because I know how easy it can be to compromise oneself when once you get rolling along on the asphalt. Of course any experienced touring rider knows all about the importance of staying hydrated, and even knowing about this, I suspect that it's still pretty easy to compromise.

Hopefully someone will learn the easy way, from my mistake, and make this a number one priority for any long distance riding adventures.

I now consider this an essential part of "riding safe".
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PostSubject: Re: Hydration While Touring   Sun Aug 01, 2010 4:32 pm

DARN IMPORTANT-

Thanks Matthew for your story and it IS real important, like you said, to keep hydrated during these hot, summer days.

Thank You.
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PostSubject: Re: Hydration While Touring   Sun Aug 01, 2010 4:50 pm

matthew wrote:
As a direct result of my last 3 day tour in June, during which I did not stay hydrated to the extent that one needs to while riding long distances in hot, dry, summer, desert weather, and subsequently developing a bladder infection with some pretty serious complications (this was not the only causal factor, but one contributing condition), I've thought more seriously about personal hydration.

In looking into options, I settled on this:
http://coolbandanas.com/vests/gulpz.htm

I got the Hi-Viz Lime one, and am now experimenting with it around the house.

It doesn't matter what method you use, but I'm just sharing this because I know how easy it can be to compromise oneself when once you get rolling along on the asphalt. Of course any experienced touring rider knows all about the importance of staying hydrated, and even knowing about this, I suspect that it's still pretty easy to compromise.

Hopefully someone will learn the easy way, from my mistake, and make this a number one priority for any long distance riding adventures.

I now consider this an essential part of "riding safe".


Like you, I employ various cooling items such as a Tecniche cooling vest, a helmet cooling liner, etc. However none of these items have anything whatsoever to do with hydration. Only the intake of fluids, primarily water and/or electrolytes will hydrate a person. I find that a Camelbac or similar hydration system allows the rider to maintain proper hydration because he can make use of the system regularly without stopping. I still wear the Camelbac which was used for years while dirt riding on XC.
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PostSubject: Re: Hydration While Touring   Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:02 pm

hot shoe wrote

"However none of these items have anything
whatsoever to do with hydration. Only the intake of fluids, primarily
water and/or electrolytes will hydrate a person. I find that a Camelbac
or similar hydration system allows the rider to maintain proper
hydration because he can make use of the system regularly without
stopping."

I went to link he put up and it is a hydration pac.

Carry your water with you, and keep it cool at the same time!




This water-carrier fits snugly on your back so your hands can be
free.
The pack holds 2 liters of fluid and has a convenient drinking tube

to sip from whenever you need it.
The pack is made from HyperKewl™ Evaporative Cooling Fabric which,
when soaked in water, will keep your liquids cool throughout the day.


  • Hands free convenience, stay hydrated at work or at play.
  • Carrier includes two large pockets for carrying personal items.
  • Simply soak the carrier in water for 1-2 minutes and keep the
    fluid in the carrier cool for up to 8 hours, through evaporation.
  • Includes a 70 fl. Oz water bladder, drinking tube, a
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PostSubject: Re: Hydration While Touring   Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:08 pm

Surely if one remains a bit cooler one loses less moisture in perspiration so requires less rehydration.
Just a thought.
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PostSubject: Re: Hydration While Touring   Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:12 pm

Been looking at these hydration systems.

Listening to folk that have them the one criticism that is common to all is that even with regular usage the cleaning of the system seems to be a real pain. With foul tasting results after time.

I will stick with carrying water or fluids in water containers under the seat or in the glove compartment.
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PostSubject: Re: Hydration While Touring   Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:29 pm

Waspie wrote:
Been looking at these hydration systems.

Listening to folk that have them the one criticism that is common to all is that even with regular usage the cleaning of the system seems to be a real pain. With foul tasting results after time.

I will stick with carrying water or fluids in water containers under the seat or in the glove compartment.
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PostSubject: Re: Hydration While Touring   Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:38 pm

Waspie wrote:
Been looking at these hydration systems.

Listening to folk that have them the one criticism that is common to all is that even with regular usage the cleaning of the system seems to be a real pain. With foul tasting results after time.

I will stick with carrying water or fluids in water containers under the seat or in the glove compartment.

Waspie, please don't write off any good hydration system, because of a cleaning precaution. Like so many precautions, including some on the Swing, they are meant for worst case scenarios in order to protect against law suits. I have never cleaned any of my Camelbacs other than just a simple rinse after draining them & refilling. I suppose if someone left some sort of drink mixture in them before storage or extended idleness they could leave an after taste, but that would be rather stupid, hence the cautionary about cleaning.
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