Warning: controversy zone
karen wrote:Had more success yesterday with the shoes/peddles drama Laughing but now have realised I have to master drinking while on the bike, Crying or Very sad don't want to stop everytime I want a drink.
On a big ride where you don't have a support car handing out fresh bidons every hour and a half or so you may find you're better served with a hydration pack.
A hydration pack is a backpack which holds a bladder which you fill with water. Out of the bladder there's a flexible drinking tube and basically you just grab the end, bite on it and suck some water. This makes drinking water a lot easier than using bidons so you're more likely to do it and stay hydrated.
Given that it's reccomended to drink @200ml every fifteen minutes or so a couple of bidons are going to run out in a couple of hours. Hydration packs come in sizes up to 3L meaning you can go a lot further before you run out of water.
Of course they do have their down sides. On a road bike your weight is quite far forward so the pack will be pressing down on your back. You've got to make sure that the one you get allows you to sit in the drops with your head up and not have the top of the pack dig in to your neck. You also have sweaty back syndrome at the end of the day, no matter how well the pack's designed and it's considered a bit dorky by some people.
I used on on Around the Bay and it was great. Basically only time I had to stop for water was the ferry. Anyway, something to think about. I've heard good reports about the Deuter 3L, they're available at BSC.
Bidons are fine for pro riders 'cause they've got support and have fresh bidons handed to them while they're riding every hour or so. Us mortals aren't so lucky.
leaving the controversy zone
I've very strong opinions about ambulance cover, given that 70% of their funding comes from those fees I strongly advocate memebership. I've had people tell me their private health insurance covers them but quite often there are fairly stringent conditions governing appropriate use i.e. you have to be in a life threatening condition etc. etc. For the fifty bucks or whatever it is it's no really worth the gamble and it's not like the money's not going to a worthy institution. Disclaimer: I work for the 000 services so I'm not exactly unbiased.
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