Hydration

  • Dawn to Dusk Releases New Gravel and Mountain Bike Products

    Dawn to Dusk announces gravel and mountain biking productsIf you are fed up with losing bottles on your gravel and mountain bike rides, you will be happy to learn that there is a new line of bottle cages from Dawn to Dusk. These cages are engineered to grip your bottles and prevent them from being ejected, and designed to make bottle insertion and retrieval easy. The entire product line from Dawn to Dusk was created to stand up to the rigors of gravel and mountain bike riding.

    Dawn to Dusk is a new company built on the experience of XLAB, maker of hydration and storage solutions for triathletes. Recognizing that the needs of gravel cyclists were both similar and different, they have brought their technology, innovation, and expertise to this market. Their goal is to be "the most comprehensive off-road hydration, nutrition, and repair storage solution on the market, letting athletes explore longer, from Dawn to Dusk." Continue reading

  • Insulated Water Bottles Keep Drinks Warm

    Insulated water bottles battle it out to keep drinks warmStandard water bottles and insulated water bottles line up to do battle again—this time to see which can keep your drink warm the longest. Last year on a 90-some degree (F) day, we lined them up and the CamelBak Podium Ice came out the winner at keeping drinks cold. But how will the results shake out keeping a beverage warm in cold weather?

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  • Do Insulated Water Bottles Make a Difference?

    Water bottle temp testThere are standard water bottles, and then there are insulated water bottles. But, do insulated water bottles make a difference? Are they worth it? One hot sunny day in Iowa, we set out to answer that very question for you. Continue reading

  • XLAB Rear Carrier Buying Guide

    by Katherine A. Roccasecca

    xlab-rear-carrier-buying-guideXLAB rear carriers offer variety, flexibility, choice, and customization for on-the-bike hydration and storage. That’s great—wonderful even—but it has a downside. How do you figure out which one you want?

    How many bottles can they carry? Which carriers are made to mount directly to certain seatposts? What about compatibility with special saddles? What bags can be attached to which carriers?

    Why isn’t there a chart that makes all this clear?

    We made a chart! (Well, actually, we made three.) Now, it’s almost simple to find the right carrier. Just walk step by step through the information in this XLAB rear carrier buying guide.

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  • Specialized Shiv

    by Pro Triathlete Tami

    Tami Ritchie's Specialized ShivI got my new Specialized Shiv from Kyle’s Bikes back in February. Right after I got the bike I took off for little vaction to the Vegas/Henderson area. Henderson is very hilly, but the new bike handled the hills well. The Shiv is comfortable to ride on hills or flats. The aero bars are comfortable with good elbow pads.

    A really helpful thing about the Shiv is the built-in hydration system. There is a bladder that you put in the bike and fill with your hydration. Then a long straw sticks out and you can put a magnet on the aero bars (or wherever you choose) so the straw will stick there when you are not drinking.

    I got my bike in pink, which I think is awesome! There are other colors available to suit your individual taste. :-)

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  • Winter Hydration For Endurance Athletes

    By Dietitian Ellen

    A bottle of water helps you hydrate in the winter.We all know maintaining hydration is crucial during the hot, humid summer months. It is no problem to gulp down a glass of ice-cold water after a long, sweaty run. But what about now, when it is so cold that your nose hairs freeze when you step outside?

    During the cold weather of winter months, it is just as important to keep hydrated, especially for endurance athletes. Dehydration can cause muscle cramps, nausea, headaches, dizziness, confusion, weakness, inability to concentrate, and many more unfavorable things.

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