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    Smile What to select for sports hydration?

    If spring comes, can summer far behind?A season for workout is coming. But I wonder what most people choose to keep hydrated when doing sports. Hydration bladder? What kind of bladder? Water bottle? What kind of water bottles? I usually find my water bottle a little bit clumsy.

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    Beer bottles. Then I just toss the empties when done.

    All seriousness aside, hydro pack when bike riding. Water bottles are are a hassle to grab and drink while MTBing. OK for road riding when you can take your hands off the bars more than a few seconds at a time. I may carry one large mouth bottle for mixing a drink at rest stops. I keep plain water in my bladder.

    Hiking I prefer bottles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave54 View Post
    Beer bottles. Then I just toss the empties when done.

    All seriousness aside, hydro pack when bike riding. Water bottles are are a hassle to grab and drink while MTBing. OK for road riding when you can take your hands off the bars more than a few seconds at a time. I may carry one large mouth bottle for mixing a drink at rest stops. I keep plain water in my bladder.

    Hiking I prefer bottles.
    Nice suggestion. Thanks a lot.

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    What Dave54 said about the hydration pack ease of use on a trail. This past Sunday, i was out for close to 5 hours with over 4:30 riding time and I had 80 oz in the hydration pack and two 24 oz bottles. When I started, it was 40 deg F and when I finished, 70 deg F. I had Tailwind mixed into all of the containers. I also had one Hammer energy bar that I ate part of around 35 miles out (56 miles total). I had dressed warm for first 2+ hours but was quite warm for the next few hours except for the final 5 mile descent. With longer rides (over 2+ hours), it is important to be taking in calories in addition to hydration. Hope that helps.

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    For long rides, tough to beat a pack. You can also stash all kinds of stuff in it. However for shorter rides I just load up a couple of bottles and put some essentials I a jersey pocket or seat pack. Feels better than having to wear a pack on my back all day.
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    I always bring my pack. Has tools and tubes in it too. So used to sledding with my heavy Avalanche bag that the hydro pack weighs nothing to me


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    Pack with water, bottles with sports drink. I don't usually do long mountain bike rides though so 99% of the time it's bottles. And on the road...it's bottles even on long 50+ mile rides.
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    Coconut water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    Coconut water? ...
    The latest fad. Not better nor worse than any other electrolyte drink. It is just trendy right now. In a year or so people will move on the next 'miracle food'.
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    Ha ha. Good drink worth a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Power Meter City View Post
    For long rides, tough to beat a pack. You can also stash all kinds of stuff in it. However for shorter rides I just load up a couple of bottles and put some essentials I a jersey pocket or seat pack. Feels better than having to wear a pack on my back all day.
    Agree with you. I find this bladder rather good. **************/bsyH3005ZK2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    Coconut water?

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    Definetly coconut water :-D I use this for XC racing mixed with oats powder, to make an amazing natural electrolyte drink with a little protein.

    the electrolyte tablets are ok but they have sweetener in them and always cause a bit of indigestion if you take too many or eat snacks as well, for me anyway.

    i also like to take seed bars on long rides (blueberry, apricot, black current etc) with eat natural bars 10g protein ones and carry a ready made protein drink in my pack for when I'm coming to the end of my journey.

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    I tried it while I was on a long hike. It did relieve my thirst better than water

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    apparently its up to 4 times more efficient than water due to its potassium content for rehydration

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    ... and if we just ...

    No matter we choose a water bottle or hydration bladder, it is up to the strength of workout we have.
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    I carry two 1 litre mineral water bottles on a waist carrier. I freeze the bottles of water overnight so they are rock solid when I set off on my ride. As it's bloody hot here ( 32 to 38 deg C in the shade ), the ice melts fast enough to be ready to drink when I need it usually 30 mins into the ride. When I stop off to fill up, there's usually enough ice left to chill the water I am topping up with so on a 3 hour ride, my bottles are cool for the most part.

    Plus, I always make sure I bring 2 bananas with me and usually drop a electrolyte tab in a bottle for rides on scorching 36+ deg C days but the key for me is making sure I am well hydrated the day before.

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