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    Getting the monkey off the back is oh so nice, bottles are awesome for ~2 hour rides.

    Using tubes and 1 spare+ patch kit does me good, for epic ventures I'd throw another tube in the jersey for sure.

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    Re: backpack hydration vs waterbottle and seatpack

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    Fair enough..don't want to turn this into a tubeless war thread (but it's 2014..try it).

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    Hey, it took until last year for me to go FS.

    Given that I just shrugged and accepted it when my new bike came with a SRAM 2x10 drivetrain, I'm sure sooner or later it'll be easier for me to go tubeless than to keep using tubes.

    I have ridden tubeless at demo days. It just hasn't grabbed me like 29ers or, finally rear suspension.
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    Re: backpack hydration vs waterbottle and seatpack

    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    Hey, it took until last year for me to go FS.

    Given that I just shrugged and accepted it when my new bike came with a SRAM 2x10 drivetrain, I'm sure sooner or later it'll be easier for me to go tubeless than to keep using tubes.

    I have ridden tubeless at demo days. It just hasn't grabbed me like 29ers or, finally rear suspension.
    Oh good..now how about going 1x10...kidding of course.

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    backpack hydration vs waterbottle and seatpack

    I wear a giegerrig 1600 for commuting. Love the pressurized bag when you really huffing and puffing.

    I have a bottle on my bike for trails and i have a seat bag with tools, co2 and patches.

    Packs dont bother me in the weight department, hate the soaked back! Im use to wearing a avalanche backpack mountain sledding and its far heavier than my bike pack.

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    I wish I could wear a pack cause I'm really limited to how much water I can carry, but i find ways to deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL911 View Post
    Man, some of you guys must not drink as much water as I do. I can kill 2.5L out of my Raptor 14 in 4 or 5 hours on a hot day. I sweat like a pig!

    I also carry a small first aid kit, a multi-tool and a spare tube along with a pump in the bag. I like to be prepared for just about whatever could happen while out on the bike.
    Man, I killed my 3L Camelbak in 84*F weather doing 20 miles + a gatorade. In a workday with no biking or workout I will go through 3+ litres. I drink a lot of water I suppose. I feel your pain. I think one way to reduce my water consumption is to eat different foods....
    The pack on my road bike is definitely an annoyance. Does slip and slide around. I use a Camelbak Podium water bottle (Even at work I refill it 3-4 times a day) and it has the nice ability that you send a small squirt to clean the nozzle.

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    For me, I know I will drink more if it is there (i.e. Camelbak) and will meter my intake more with bottles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    For me, I know I will drink more if it is there (i.e. Camelbak) and will meter my intake more with bottles.
    I too am more frugal when all I have is a bottle. What I am really working on now is pre-hydrating more, and it is helping quite a bit. I would much rather not carry the pack, but here in So-Cal, it's often so hot I hate to chance running out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ou2mame View Post
    I wish I could wear a pack cause I'm really limited to how much water I can carry, but i find ways to deal.

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    If you have a back, and some arms, you can wear a pack.

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    Bottles and seatbag for the road, hydration pack on the mtb.

    I am pretty much always never more than a couple miles from a store or something on the road, so I can stop and refill water, buy snacks, whatever. So for most rides, I have stuff to change a tube in my seat bag, and my phone and a credit card, and that's about it. I always ride from home, so I don't need car keys, wallet, stuff like that. Plus, if I have a major problem, I can always catch a bus or make the call of shame to my wife.

    On the trail, I bring more stuff -- I need my own food, plenty of water, stuff to repair reasonable breakdowns, since I can't bail out on the road as easily. Plus, the pack makes a nice spine protector! On top of that, it seems the seat bag might interfere w/ my dropper post, and my frame only has one spot for a water bottle, and it isn't very convenient.
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    Re: backpack hydration vs waterbottle and seatpack

    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    If you have a back, and some arms, you can wear a pack.
    I have a bad shoulder and putting weight on it like that just makes it worse. There is nerve damage so it's not the weight really, just the pressure. I have one, I just can't use it.

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    Some of the waist packs marketed for hikers look kind of non-sucky. You could do a hydration belt. If you find you need a shoulder strap, go over the good shoulder.

    That way, both of your shoulders can be uncomfortable. :-p
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    On MTB, always a pack. The pack has saved my back several times going OTB onto rocks. Also easier to sip without taking hands off the bars or reaching down for a bottle.

    On the road, a pack would interfere with aerodynamics at the higher speeds. If 2 bottles are not enough, we plan a refill stop mid-ride.
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    never thought of the back protection aspect of wearing a pack, and im not gonna lie it has always been something that concerns me dating a nurse. recently id been switching between a pack and a seat back and between the dirty water bottles, convenience and now the safety factor, look like the pack will have a permanent place on my back while off-road.

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    Re: backpack hydration vs waterbottle and seatpack

    Here is my setup for ditching the Camelback.
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