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We have detailed in Facilitate effort the need to drink before you get thirsty… therefore to drink regularly.
Mais tout cela nécessitait de s'arrêter pour s'hydrater. Donc nous nous sommes transformés en chameau-jerrican, en nous greffant un sac à eau (sac à dos à eau).
We had several water bags. The best of them all is the Camelbak:
We had previously chosen the high-capacity CamelBak Classic 3L (3 litres) model. It allowed the daily consumption (except in case of extreme heatwave). But it had the disadvantage of pulling too much on the shoulders.
We switched to CamelBak-HydroBak-1.5L (1.5 litres). In practice its actual filling is actually limited to 1.1 litres. In use since 2012 we have NEVER had any shoulder or back pain.
Its water bag is very easily filled at the tap, because the upper opening (closed by a screw cap at 1/6th of a turn) is generously dimensioned.
TIP for SUCTION PLUG:
Suction flow is too limited. In fact, this flow is only limited by the slot in the blue suction tip. To avoid this limitation, simply insert a thin, sharp knife into the slot of the nozzle. Once slightly in one direction, and once slightly in the other. This widens the slot at both ends and provides a comfortable suction flow!
TIP for WATER BAG :
Outside the touring cycling period you may want to use it from time to time, for example at weekends. In this case the Maintenance process described below is too cumbersome.
To maintain good hygiene without complications, the simplest way to do this is to :
In order to be able to stay independent during a full day of cycling, it is good to bring 3 litres of water per person.
On our bike frames, all the water bottle holders are occupied by tool cans. Therefore, the water must be stored elsewhere. The configuration adopted depends on the type of cycling, with or without camping.
In cyclo-camping touring mode without trailer our front panniers are large 40 litre panniers identical to the rear panniers. The size and weight of these saddlebags are too big to add the attachment of water bottles.
In this mode, which we have been practicing since 2014, we have replaced the water reserve cans by water-bag 2 liters - ORTLIEB.
The total takeaway per person is therefore 3.1 litres (1.1+2). When the water bag bag is empty we take advantage of a stop to transfer part of the cow into the bag.
For fixing see page Luggage Transport
Before camping, our front panniers were ORTLIEB FRONT ROLLER CLASSIC.
In this size it is easy to add the accessories Ortlieb Bottle cage on the front of the bags.
Nous avions 2 bidons 0,8 litres par vélo. Le total par personne était ainsi de 2,7 litres (1,1+0,8+0,8).
When the period of regular use on a cycle tour is over, a few precautions should be taken to ensure the durability of the water bag.
Indeed, if it is stored as it is, it is certain that a few weeks or months later the bag will contain black traces of internal mould in the bag and in the pipe.
So how do you clean the water pocket? The best way is to buy a "Pocket cleaning kit" (article 5935596) from Décathlon.
All you have to do then is apply the following little procedure:
If water is inadvertently left standing in the pouch for too long without being used, blackish odours, lumps and filaments will appear (bacterial growth).
Conventional cleaners are ineffective. As for the use of bleach, it is excluded, because it would be too aggressive for the plastic of the water pouch.
But, DO NOT THROW IT OUT, there is a solution. You have to clean your water pocket intensively. This requires the use of a very old and very common product in the decontamination of drinking water networks.… THE POTASSIUM PERMANGANATE.
BUT ATTENTION - ATTENTION - ATTENTION :
It is bought in pharmacies and sold in individual sachets (factory sealed) of a few grams each.
In all cases of the above fillings (rinse 1, solution decontamination, 5 rinses)
BUT ATTENTION - ATTENTION - ATTENTION :
If we have to drive at night we put on a safety vest completely in order to benefit from the reflective stripes on all sides, even towards the front.
In cyclo touring, where we ride during the day, the most important thing is to be seen from behind and from the sides.
Also to stay comfortable and avoid getting too hot, while being safe we put the vest on the water bag. With our old 3L CamelBak we used to put an adult waistcoat on the bag. Now, with the 1.5L CamelBak we put a junior vest on the bag.
During the winter the water quickly becomes icy. This is very unpleasant and bad.
There is an excellent ALL-INSULATED solution, the CAMELBAK SCORPION:
Difficult to find in France, we ordered it from Amazon-Usa.