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    Large Ice Cube Tray for Hydration Pack

    I'm looking for a quicker, longer lasting way to load my hydration pack with ice. The circumference to my pack reservoir is 2" so I'd like to make cylinders of ~1 3/4" x 8" ice cubes. Can anyone come up with a creative way to do this? The easiest thing would be to use long, narrow plastic cups but I don't think there are any that narrow.

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    Those camelbak elixer or similar containers would make a nice ice cube cylinder.... Ive accumulated several over time as well as the Nuun containers. Not quite 8" Though..


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    hmm, if you put a PET bottle, like a coke bottle, into boiling water, it will shrink down to a smaller height and diameter. then, if you cut the top of, you could use it for an ice cube mold. the bottle you chose to shrink would need to have a profile that would be easy to get the ice out of.

    or, put water into the camelback, and put it into the freezer the night before. blow the water out of the hard plastic fittings.

    oh! oh! a mustard or ketchup squirt bottle is the size you want!
    http://www.featurepics.com/FI/Thumb3...es-1174051.jpg

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    ok, how about a popsicle mold...


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    The obvious solution that a lot of people do is just fill the bladder half full of water and chuck it in the freezer. Add more water before riding.

    Why do you need to mess about with specially shaped ice cubes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post

    oh! oh! a mustard or ketchup squirt bottle is the size you want!
    http://www.featurepics.com/FI/Thumb3...es-1174051.jpg
    Very good idea! I'm searching eBay for some and it seems like most are a bit too wide (around 2 1/2" circumference). If that's too big, I'll go with RipRoar's popsicle recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by womble View Post
    The obvious solution that a lot of people do is just fill the bladder half full of water and chuck it in the freezer. Add more water before riding.

    Why do you need to mess about with specially shaped ice cubes?
    I've thought about this too. However, my resevoir to my hydration pack is kind of a pain to take out of the pack -- it latches down and you need to snake the hose through the shoulder strap. I could put the whole pack in but it's pretty nasty (sweaty and dirty) and would take up a lot of freezer space.

    So I'm thinking large ice cubes would be best.

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    just freeze the desired amount of water in ziplock baggies... just make sure to stand them up or stack them close together to get that cylinder shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by womble View Post
    The obvious solution that a lot of people do is just fill the bladder half full of water and chuck it in the freezer. Add more water before riding.

    Why do you need to mess about with specially shaped ice cubes?
    We have a winner. Freezing the bladder also helps in cutting down on stuff growing in your bladder. You still need to clean it regularly though.

    Clearly the OP is'nt married. My wife would'nt be to happy with me if I left a bunch of empty ice cube containers in the sink. As I hurry out the door to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo Troll View Post
    Clearly the OP is'nt married. My wife would'nt be to happy with me if I left a bunch of empty ice cube containers in the sink. As I hurry out the door to ride.
    Oh, really? I would bet that he IS married. How many single guys would worry aobut putting a dirty camelbak in the freezer?

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    Turns out the ketchup bottles are too wide. The zip lock bags form more of a flat ice cube than round.

    One thing I tried was I picked up some 1 1/2" PVC pipe and put an end cap on it. It's the perfect size and cheap so I might just do a couple of those.

    Obviously this isn't a big deal, just trying to think of different solutions. I might just start washing my hydration pack a bit more often (it's usually caked with dirt and sweat) and putting it in the freezer.


    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    Oh, really? I would bet that he IS married. How many single guys would worry aobut putting a dirty camelbak in the freezer?
    Yep, you got it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    Oh, really? I would bet that he IS married. How many single guys would worry aobut putting a dirty camelbak in the freezer?
    Bladders usually aren't dirty cause there in the pack,right?
    Make sure your bladder is flat before freezing it or it will be difficult putting it back in the pack.
    All that ketchup, Popsicle stuff is a waste of time IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoGoGordo View Post
    All that ketchup, Popsicle stuff is a waste of time IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bank5 View Post
    One thing I tried was I picked up some 1 1/2" PVC pipe and put an end cap on it. It's the perfect size and cheap so I might just do a couple of those.
    I thought about pipe, but didn't know if it would unmold well enough. Plus someone will claim that the pvc is going to kill you. But I think it's a good idea to try. Instead of a cap, if you put on a coupler and a plug that goes inside the other end of the coupler, it would have a flat bottom and should stand up better.

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    Just freeze 1/2 to 2/3 of the bladder, when you want to ride, run some warm water over it to loosen it up and Voila.....I also leave my empties in the freezer to keep them clean...

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    I found that I could get pretty creative with the vacuum sealer.

    The plastic bags can be sealed up any which way. Fill 3/4 with water, prop the sealer up higher and seal without taking out much air.

    Place in freezer laying down lengthwise so the expansion won't blow the bag.

    Presto .... reusable.


    I've done stuff like that, a big flat 'plate' of ice for coolers but fortunately the military MULE camelbak keeps cold water cool even by the end of the ride.
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    plastic 20 liter bottles. the ones from costco and sam's club are cylindrical. cut off the top and it would work. it would definitely fit in my bladder at least.

    or you could get those flavored ice things, eat or dump out the stuff, and fill it back up with water and tie it off.

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