Cycle Touring – Water

Rehydrating on cycling trips
Rehydration while cycling is important

Carry water as low as possible to lower your centre of gravity.  The triangle in your frame is the best place for water storage, and there are usually threaded holes for mounting water bottle brackets.  Extra large bike bottles and brackets can be purchased, or existing bottle holders can be modified to hold 1.5 or 2-litre pop bottles.

When traveling long distances between watering stops, additional water can be stored in pop bottles at the bottom of the panniers.  Be sure to treat your water if necessary using appropriate chemicals or a filter.  Drink frequently and abundantly to prevent dehydration.

Some people like to use Camelbacks, although lack of ventilation can cause fungal and odor problems between the bag and your back.  They also raise your centre of gravity.