Back in the dark ages, we used to have to use language to describe things from the past that others might not have seen on TV. Then, along came Youtube. Now, almost any memory I have of something related to TV is viewable within a few seconds.
Reader Jack sent along some ideas on how to keep your hydration systems clean, and his email reminded me of a Keystone Light commercial. I have never tried Keystone Light, but the commercial is etched in my brain, and if you have not seen it yet, it can now be etched in yours.
Trust me when I say that this campaign is preferable to the Bud Light Spuds McKenzie commercial series . . . only walk down that internet road if you are prepared to vomit in your throat a little. But back to business . . .
It is not pleasant when you gulp down liquid refreshment and end up with a skunky, nasty taste in your mouth. You can avoid this by drinking microbrews and by following Jack's secrets for yuck free cycling hydration. Take it away Jack . . .
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1. Use the zip top hydration bag because you can clean it easier and the hose detaches easily as well. No need to buy the "cleaning kit" at great expense.
2. Put only water into the hydration bag. I use electrolyte tablets in my water bottle and I use an easy to clean lid system.
3. Fill the bottle from your hydration bag when mountain biking if you want electrolyte. For road use, use two bottles, one water, one electrolyte and alternate bottles.
4. Use two denture cleaner tablets to clean the hydration bag. Run some of the blue cleaning solution into the hose. Let sit until clear again. Rinse with clean water.
5. The most important part of cleaning: Dry the bag and hose before you put it away! Nothing invites yucky taste like putting a wet bag or hose away to get nasty between rides.
6. Use BBQ tongs and a paper towel to dry the bag. Use the tongs to prop open the bag overnight to get the last tiny drops of clean water to dry.
7. Vacuum out the water from the hose with the vacuum feature of your favorite vacuum. Pinch the mouth valve open and hold above the vacuum to drain out 90% plus of the water.
8. Use the binder clip to hold open the mouth valve on the hose. Place as shown so you don't crush the valve too harshly. Let dry over night after vacuuming the water out.
9. Use a new, unused freebie mascara brush from the makeup department to clean up the bottle nozzle now and then. Don't steal your girlfriends old mascara brush, trust me on this.
10. Have a second hydration bag and set of bottles so one can dry overnight while you use the other. It is the drying that keeps it yuck free.
Thanks to my wife Renee for suggesting the vacuum cleaner idea. It works!