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New rider here, trying to work out all the issues. I'm in SW Florida (Naples), and it's not exactly temperate here in the Summer. What do you all do to carry water or other (non-alcoholic) drinks? I have a Camelbak that I took out with me the other evening, and that seemed to work pretty well. I also have a tank bag, so I could throw a bottle of water in there, although that seems to get fairly warm, so I doubt any liquids would remain even cool for very long. I know I've seen some bikes that have a drink holder on the handlebars or faring. Is there any consensus on what generally works well? Or do people generally just stop somewhere when they're thirsty, and take a few moments to get out of the saddle and stretch their legs?

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I'm also in Florida (Tampa Bay area) I use a tank bag and carry my fluids in a double insulated bottle, it keeps your drinks cold or hot depending on the temp when you put it in.
 

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Welcome....I had a watertight bag that hooked onto my upper back and had a long tube so I could sip from it whenever desired...I forget the brand.....As far as coolness goes, aside from a thermos, I don't know of any. Perhaps a double walled plastic container filled with ice and kept in a saddlebag would stay cool for two or three hours?
 

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I've got a cup holder on the handlebars. When I stop at a fast food place, where you fix your own drink, I'll fill a cup to the top with ice, then add my Dr. Pepper, root beer, Sprite or whatever. When I leave, I drink my soda pop, then as the ice melts, I'll drink that too. I'll drink water warm or cool, just as long as it's wet.
 

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I have a small soft sided ice chest/bag that I'll put in the trunk with water or ice tea in it, along with several of those reusable ice packs.
My drinks are usually still cold when I come home at the end of the day.
 

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Thanks for all the responses! It's funny, but it's these kinds of logistics I just never thought about before I started riding. I love being out on the bike (no surprise, I'm sure that's why we all do this), but no doubt it is a very different experience from driving a car, where you have space to put things within easy reach, etc. Thanks again.

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I keep it simple and just get a drink from my backpack or a store when I stop for fuel or to rest. I do want to add a cupholder so I can enjoy those frozen lemonades I love so much. Now that'll be absolute heaven.
 

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Carrying water or other drinks is important, especially in hot and humid climates like SW Florida. I usually bring a Camelbak or hydration backpack when I'm out riding, and it works great. It keeps the water cool and easily accessible, making it easy to sip on while riding.Another option is to make some stops to have a drink and stretch your legs. If you're looking for some cool places to chill out and grab a drink, you should check out this guide on how to drink kava at https://bestkavabar.com/how-to-drink-k邪va/ . They have some awesome tips and recommendations for finding the perfect relaxing spot to enjoy a refreshing drink
 

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I have a hydration bladder I throw into my tank back and clip the sip tube to my jacket front. I first pack the bladder with ice, then fill the remaining space with water. Even on a hot day, the water that's left at the end of the day is still drinkable (i.e. not too warm).
 

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I always keep at least one single bottle of water on the bike.. Even warm, it's better then not hving any. On short trips I just make stops. On long trips I still make stops but I use a soft sided cooler that makes the perfect size back rest for me. I actually took measurements and hunted it down.
 

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I usually have small backpack:
  • 2-4 litre-bottles water, one frozen if hot day
  • 1 litre bottle of double-strength Gatorade
  • electrolyte pills
  • snacks
  • tyre patch/plug kit with inflator
  • misc. tools not in bike's toolkit
There have been rides where I've needed to drink all 4-ltr of water too!:p
 
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