Hydration Buying Guide

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How much water do you need to carry?

The amount of water you need to carry is dependent on many factors and is complex.  The first thing to consider is more is better than less and generally we don’t drink enough.  Learn more here about how much water should I carry when I ride.

A drink bottle will only give you around 800ml of water, some smaller bottles only 600ml. This is only going to be enough water if you are riding for up to an hour. If riding for longer you may have the option of carrying more than one drink bottle on your bike.

The other option is a hydration bladders carried in a backpack. This can give you options of carrying up to 3 Litres of water.

Is carrying a drink bottle on my bike an option?

Most bikes come with bolts screwed into the bike frame where a drink bottle cage can be attached. Some bikes will have one or two mounting places. Smaller bikes like kids bikes may have no places for mounting a bike cage.

There are straps/clamps on the market that secure the bike cage to your bike frame – removing the need for screwing and thus offering more flexibility on where you can mount your cage and the number of cages on your bike. This may be important if touring, bikepacking and/or riding long distances

Ease of access to my water?

Do you want to have easy and regular access to your water? A hydration bladder carried in a backpack means that you can ride and drink small amounts more regularly. A drink bottle generally will require you to stop and have a drink so as a rule you drink less often.

Kids and Hydration

Kids often hydrate better than adults. They take in smaller amounts more regularly. Over time this adds up to a good amount of water, so you need to make sure they have regular access to plenty of water. Generally when they want/need water the need it now not when you reach the next stop where water is available. A hydration bladder is a very successful solution to making sure kids have access to plenty of water regularly.

Matches the type of riding you do

All helmets that are sold in NZ are required to meet a minimum standard of safety.  However some bike helmet features are suited to different types of riding. A street style helmet used by urban or town riders has great head coverage and doesn’t worry so much about ventilation.  Recreational helmets should have good coverage but more ventilation and better fit systems.  High performance helmets are designed with impacts in mind so are good for all types of riding – mountain biking (see Mountain Bike Helmet Buying Guide), road riding, bike paths or riding in traffic.  You cannot over do protection of your head – your head is worth it. See a helmet that works for you

Colour/Graphics

A bright and fun helmet can help you be visible and it is nice to have things you love and enjoy – choose a bright colour you love. The foam used in a helmet is an insulator so you will need ventilation holes for breathability.

goRide’s hydration solutions for biking

Womens Hydration Backpack
Hydration
Type
BACKPACK. Womens specific. 10L Backpack with Hydration bladder
How much water?
Carry up to 3 Litres in a hydratuion bladder
Features
Space and good design so you can carry additional items...tools/clothing/ helmet when not in use. Excellent design and stability for comfort
Best suited to
Riders happy to carry some weight on their back. Quick easy access to planty of water
Cost

$196.00

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Kids Hydration Backpack
Hydration
Type
BACKPACK. Kids specific 3 litre backpack & hydration bladder
How much water?
1.5 litre hydration bladderrecreational on and off road riding.
Features
Able to carry a couple of additional items eg. merino/jacket...some snacks.
Best suited to
Kids who ride regularly. Riding with family so can have easy access to water.
Cost

$92.00

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Drink Bottle Cage.
Hydration
Type
Cage attaches to bike holds a drink bottle
How much water?
Depends on the size of drink bottle Generally range between 600ml - 1L
Features
Shape allows to hold different bottle shapes including stainless steel
Best suited to
Riders wanting to carry water on their bike.
Cost

Coming Soon

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Hydration Bladder Cleaning Kit
Hydration
Type
Specific Kit to make cleaning your hydration bladders easy
How much water?
Does not apply
Features
Kits comes with tube and bladder brushes Tools to assist drying bladders
Best suited to
Wanting to improve longevity of the bladder and keeping them hygenic
Cost

$49.00

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MAKE YOUR PURCHASE A SUCCESS…

Keep your bladder clean.

For hygiene and to help your bladder last a long time you need to take your care of your bladder – clean it and make sure it is dry when not in use.  See more information here

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