HOW TO CLEAN A HYDRATION PACK?
April 27, 2006
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I'm a 21-year-old cross-county
and off-road rider. I travel between 250 and 350 km a week
here in southern Alberta. I ride to get around: to work,
school, the bank, etc. The fun part about riding to my destinations
is the journey between my stops.
I recently bought a 2-liter water
pack to wear on my back. It has a 3' hose, and I am really
excited about using it. I've had it for about 2 weeks now.
(I've been using 2 disposable water bottles for years.)
I fill it with fresh water every time. Usually I don't dump
out my last rides contents until leaving for my next
ride. Sometimes right after my ride I dump the remaining
waterbut I don't think it makes a difference.
What is the best way to clean and
sanitize my water pack? I don't mind the plastic taste;
I can deal with that. My primary concern is about bacteria
and sterility. How can I neutralize and kill any bacteria
inside my water bag to prevent the risk of contracting an
oral illness, or minor bacterial infection in my esophagus?
Is there a sterile/acidic sport drink I could use? Boiling
It would be more efficient to use
my hands to grab water bottles than to ride impaired and
I appreciate you taking the time
to discuss this minor issue, and any tips you may have.
Having just recovered from food
poisoning, I dont consider this a minor issue.
Fortunately, folks (and not just
bike riders) have used hydration packs for a long time.
And they drink everything out of emso
manufacturers have developed all sorts of cleaning products,
some pictured at right.
Given the level of, um, excitement
your pack gives you (what do you drink?), I suggest
you get a complete cleaning kit and use it regularly.
Follow the kits instructions
on how often to do a total cleaning, in which you use the
provided cleaning liquid or tablets to brush, then flush the inside
of the packs bladder. In between total cleanings,
you can do a quick cleaning by filling the bladder with
water and dropping in cleaning tabletsbut dont
use this as your only cleaning method.