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Fluid replenishment - Everyone needs water and riding increases the demand.

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Why is my abdomen much cooler than the rest of my body after a ride?

Background Not having ridden more than a few miles each day in over a year, I wanted to start exercising again with a short-medium ride (~15km/~9.5 miles). I did so over the course of an hour this ...
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Good way to stop electrolyte tabs from turning into powder?

I carry electrolyte tabs on multi-day bike rides, especially in hot weather. I use a container like this (though not necessarily this brand — the picture is just for illustration): What I find is ...
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Map of water taps to fill bottles [closed]

Are there any maps of taps where I can fill my water bottles (bidons) on long rides. I live in Scotland, but would be glad to learn of the existence of such resources worldwide.
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Storing clip for Pro Design Aero Bottle

So I keep my bike in the garage, in Florida where there are plenty of critters. This would include lizards and frogs including the expected insects. Heck the other day there was a bird trapped in my ...
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How to take a drink while riding?

How do you drink while riding? What would you tell a new rider who is having difficulty getting a drink without stopping or slowing a lot? Assume the bike has bottle cages in the usual places, and ...
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Bottle on frame alternative

I've been riding with a bottle filled with isotonic drink + hydration backpack with plain water for quite awhile. Recently my bottle stated to fall off on descents (not the best frame design + ...
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Rubber washer in camelback Antidote Reservoir 1.5L

I've got this camelback blue waterbag for my bike rucksack. I removed the black rubber washer from the opening wheel for cleaning and now i cannot put it back properly. Could you send me close up ...
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Floor pump blowing wet air?

I have a Lezyne Sports Drive floor pump. It has worked fine for a couple of years, and it lives in my garage. The handle is stored in the down position, so the cylinder is mostly empty. The pump ...
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Ride a Century Without Stopping?

Under what circumstances would it be advisable to ride a century without stopping? If a person had: 100% daylight; no mechanical failures; and, no stop signs or lights to deal with, it would seem ...
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Should I leave the water bottle tip open or shut while in the cage?

When I'm riding (all road, never trails) I leave the tip on my water bottle shut. When I take a drink, I pull the tip open with my teeth, squirt some water, and then bump it against my slightly-opened ...
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How to choose the right hydration pack for me [closed]

Want some advice for hydration pack. Do I need a hydration pack for my 3 or 4 hours biking? and How to choose the right hydration pack for me? any accommodation? what do you use?
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What ingredients are necessary in a sports drink when you must drink a lot?

Comments to this answer say e.g., Can't stress enough how ... important it is to drink more than just water ... (and other people's comments then ask for details about the drink's contents). The ...
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Will putting bicycle bottles in dishwasher damage them?

I have been using the dishwasher for my bottles more regularly since I started using powdered drink mixes, which leave a lot of residue in my bottles that's harder to clean out by hand than when I was ...
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Hydration rucksacks on and off the bike?

I suffer from diabetes insipidus, body fluids and inability to keep them inside. I'm not a fan of using a rucksack on a ride, prefer the bike to carry the weight, but am wondering if a small hydration ...
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Backpack size - 10L vs 14L

Looking at the Osprey raptor 10 or 14 litre hydration packs. Does anyone have any experience with these, and can suggest whether there is a significant advantage in the extra capacity offered by the ...
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What supplies do riders cary on century sportives and how do they carry it?

I'm planning to ride my first century sportive later this summer and am wondering what I should carry along on the ride, and how I should carry it. It's clear to me from my training rides that ...
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How can I mitigate the risk of public urination charges on long rides?

Qualifying offenses for the sex offender registry can include public urination. Though the chance may be small, the potential consequences are severe. Unfortunately, bladders are apparently designed ...
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How to keep my hydration pack tubes and valve from freezing?

I like to ride with a hydration pack when I mountain bike in the winter since all sorts of nasty stuff gets tossed up at my bottles. However, I've had issues with the tube or valve getting clogged ...
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Can too many electolyte supplements be dangerous?

I know riding and drinking only water can potentially lead to dangerous Hyponatremia or minor issues like muscle cramping. So I often supplement with electrolyte pills in my water like nuun or gu-brew,...
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What foods do you consume after biking to retain energy?

I am a vegan and I bike around 10 miles to and fro from office everyday. After biking to office, I find myself in a low energy state which persists all through the day. I tried having couple of ...
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How to eat properly when cycling in extreme heat?

In the US, we're in the middle of a heat wave. Temperatures are topping 100 degrees F and up in some areas. When touring, how should one's eating and drinking before and during a ride be changed to ...
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Simplest and best way to keep water bottles clean and hygienic?

Obviously a daily wash with washing up liquid and water is a good start... But with all the use a water bottle gets and the mouthpiece being exposed to the elements whilst cycling through who knows ...
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What hydration system should I use for multiple activities?

Looking for a hydration pack/system that I can use for cycling, running, snowboarding and (by removing the bladder and putting it into my travel pack) backpacking across Europe. My requirements are ...
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How much to eat and drink during a 50km ride?

I want to try a 50 km ride for the first time, to be completed continuously one morning. The most I've even done before is an 18 km (70 minute) each way commute (out in the morning and back in the ...
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Mount additional water bottle on bike frame with only one water bottle mount

I only have one set of water bottle mount screws on my bike. I would like to have an additional water bottle. Ideally I would like to mount the bottle on the frame (preferably on the vertical tube). ...
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Carrying water during touring?

The earlier question, here, raised this question about carrying water. How do you carry water during touring? Do yo carry it in panniers, water-bags, bottles, containers or elsewhere? How does your ...
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Water safety during touring?

This question raised a new sub-problem of which I was not at all aware of. I carry a heater to boil the water before I drink it but I am unsure whether it removes all dirt from water. Please, note ...
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Formula for Homemade sports drinks

I am interested in home-made sports drinks. I have used "Hammer Nutrition" products, but I could probably put it together myself, just by using the key ingredients. Anyhow, has anyone done this? And, ...
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What is the best breakfast right before cycling?

Sometimes I feel I will faint when I am cycling in the morning. I usually don't have this problem after lunch. My breakfast is rich in carbohydrates, but maybe I'm eating too much or missing some ...
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What do you do to make positive you remember your water bottle? [closed]

I commute 11 miles to work, and at least once a month, at about mile 2, I'll look down and notice I left my water bottle on the counter at home! What tricks do you have to make sure this doesn't ...
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Plastic taste in my backpack water bladder

I've seen various suggestions as to how to remove the nasty plastic taste but it still seems to be the overriding taste. I've tried bleach, vinegar, lemon juice, water purification tablets, bicarb. ...
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Where is the best place to carry water (back or bike)?

Where do you prefer to carry your water? I find when I am mountain biking I prefer to carry my water in a hydration pack on my back (easier to rock the bike). When road biking on flat ground I ...