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    CamelBack

    I love the storage but I HATE cleaning it after use, it's a pain ....water bottle is so much easier, lol.

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    i never clean mine except for the mouthpiece on occasion. i usually just toss it in the freezer(empty of course) and am done with it till the next ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by micro224
    i never clean mine except for the mouthpiece on occasion. i usually just toss it in the freezer(empty of course) and am done with it till the next ride.
    I just rinse my bladder out with clean/hot water, then put some stuff in it to hold the bladder open and expanded and let it air dry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by micro224
    i never clean mine except for the mouthpiece on occasion. i usually just toss it in the freezer(empty of course) and am done with it till the next ride.
    +1 That, and I clean it with denture cleaning tablets once a month or so. It's worked great fo me so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonroeMTB
    +1 That, and I clean it with denture cleaning tablets once a month or so. It's worked great fo me so far.
    i should mention that i do clean it once in a while just not very often maybe 2 times a season,

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    Rarely clean mine. I put only water in. I rinse and refill before each ride. When I've not used the thing for an extended period of time, I'll run some bleach-water through it. Over winter, I let the bag hang dry. Had to cobble up a coat-hanger for that purpose--to hold the bag open.

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    I have been thinking about a camelbak or just going with a backpack and water bottles. Are Camelbaks really worth it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bug08
    I have been thinking about a camelbak or just going with a backpack and water bottles. Are Camelbaks really worth it?
    i would say they are worth it but if you think you will be just as happy with a regular backpack and water bottles then go for it.

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    I just rinse mine out, swoosh alittle mouthwash in it and hang it up. I've had this thing 8yrs, can't imagine riding any distance without it.

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    i use a sette max flo but yes i just hang it up and put a paper towel in it.take it out after a few and air it out

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    i like my pack alot, its not camelbak but serves its purpose. the cleanings not that bad, just rinse after use and hang upside down to dry overnight.

    i actually purchased by pack last season at costco, high sierra for $20. and its held up nicely.

    on shorter rides, i leave the bladder out and just throw in a partially frozen bottle of water. the most important thing is its always there to hold my misc schtuff, ie. keys, phone, wallet/cards/$$$...

    cheers.

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    you can get an appropriate sized hyrdapak bladder and swap. they are way easier to maintain.

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    I pour a little baking soda into mine, then some lemon juice...it kinda effervesces and does a good job of cleaning most everything out, and leaves a nice smell afterward. It's a bit of a trick to clean the drinking tube, but it can be done. What I normally wind up doing is pinching the bite-valve and elevating the bladder so the lemon/soda can drip into the straw and mouthpiece.
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    Never had a problem with my bladders but I got some nasty hard to clean mold in one of my drinking tubes once. I forgot the thing in my Jeep a few days half full of Gatorade O.o

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    6 years now on two Camelbaks. I can count on one hand how many times I've actually cleaned them (with bleach water). Heck, I even leave water in them for a week and still drink it. Being in a sealed environment without access to the outside air, the nasties can't grow (easily).

    I usually just dump out the old water (a few days old) and add new. When I get the urge to actually empty it and dry it after a ride I just hang it on my truck's radio antenna for a while. I live in Phoenix so it drys in 5 minutes, lol.

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    It's a PITA but I really don't mind it since I will not ride without a hydration pack.

    Once done, I simply empty any left over water, place a Performance Bike air dry expanding thing to allow air to circulate, remove the mouth piece and hang upside down to dry. Like eatdrinkride, I live in Phoenix so it dries very quickly.

    If you have money to waste, I've seen this contraption that dries out the bladder by circulating air through it

    http://www.zerogoo.com/hydration-bla...-american.html

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    i have never washed my camelpack before. i have used it for thousands and thousands of miles on my dirtbike since 2004. now i use it for my mountain bike. all i have ever done is rinse it out with some hot water before a ride. then fill it up and ride. i aint dead yet, it is time for a new bladder though as my 100oz bladder leaks water down my back, which is a nice feature for keeping my cool, i would rather drink the water though.

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    As long as you only put water in the bladder, there's rarely need to really clean it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 530_singletrack
    i have never washed my camelpack before. i have used it for thousands and thousands of miles on my dirtbike since 2004. now i use it for my mountain bike. all i have ever done is rinse it out with some hot water before a ride. then fill it up and ride. i aint dead yet, it is time for a new bladder though as my 100oz bladder leaks water down my back, which is a nice feature for keeping my cool, i would rather drink the water though.
    Same thing but since 2006 dirtbike streetbike hiking snowboarding now mtb. I did use the plastic thing to holed it open for the first few years. Now when i take out of the car or truck i just unscrew the lid and hang it upsidedown in the garage.

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    About once a season I take it out, put bleach in it, swoosh it around, then fill it up with water and let it sit, then I train it through the mouth piece. I then rise it out with water in the same fashion about 5x, I then fill it up half way and add lemon juice and let it sit, it gets rid of the bleach taste.

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