Have you cleaned your hydro pack lately?

So when riding the bike one of the most important pieces of gear for me is what I use to carry water. Some people prefer water bottles, but I prefer a proper hydration pack. Nothing against bottles matter of fact that’s what I use for race day but when it comes to comfort and peace of mind bringing my full pack with a load of water tools and spares is priceless when the time comes.

My trustee pack. I’ve had it for 3 years now. I cringed at the $75 dollar price at the time. but looking back its money well spent

What lies beneath

My solution to a stinky pack and a gamy bladder: Baking soda, citrus juice concentrate and a new bite valve.

The face of a man who let his pack go too long.

Philthy bite valve.

New bite valve. Kinda like getting new grips but for your teeth.

Its pretty easy to pull it off. Sometimes it take a bit of force but she’ll go.

Scruba dub dub. I wash the outside as it can get pretty dirty.

Now to wash the inside. I use 1/4 cup of baking soda with the reservoir about
half full to bleach out whatever was causing a poor taste in my mouth.

And now we play the waiting game.

Although my bite valve was dirty it didn’t warrant replacement
So I’m flushing it along with the rest of the bladder and tube.

I like to rub that thing down. Making sure to the insides of it against each other.

Dont forget your corners.

Ok I’m tired of waiting and pulled the bite valve to drain faster

Get all that baking soda water out.

Now after all the baking soda water I add 1/4 cup of lemon or lime juice unsweetened.
Flushing with this mix helps to clear out any bad tasting baking soda that could be left behind.
Plus it leaves a better tasting bladder.

I wait again.

After all that I dry it to store by shoving a towel in it.

What a nice and clean pack I have.

Tastes fresh and leaves a smile on your face.

Now at the end of all this I did go to the manufacture sites and found how they recommend doing it. All in all the most important lesson is that you should regularly take care of your pack and it will take care of you.

https://hydrapak.com/service/care/

http://www.camelbak.com/Sports-Recreation/Support/Product-Care/Cleaning/How-to-clean-your-CamelBak-reservoir.aspx

Oh and for the rest of the pack I just use the washing machine. Take everything out put the machine on gentle and air dry.

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