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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-29-2011, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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My wife and I both have full face helmets (scorpion exo 700 and HJC something or other)... and while I'm thinking of getting drink holders for the 1500, not really sure if we'd be able to really use them with our current helmet setup. I've cut into both helmets to fit the current J&M audio setup so getting new helmets isn't in the cards for now .

I'd love any input. Possibly adjusting the helmet so I I can squeeze a straw under the chin section?
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Well, I don't know about hot drinks, but for simple hydration, Red and I use a backpacker's water bladder, which I carry between us, with both of us drinking out of the same hose and bite valve, which is very easy to thread in under the chin bar.... We often fill it half full of ice at a Micky Dees...drink a couple of ice teas, top off the empty cup with ice from their machine and pour it into our water bladder. Icy water on a hot road...nice.

We consider this not a comfort, but a safety, issue... staying hydrated, especially in hot weather and climes, is very important. For hot drinks like coffee, we stop at Micky Dees or a mom and pop.

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For extended riding I use a 50 oz. hydration bladder in my tank bag. I have never been refused when asking to get ice from the fountain machine that's in almost every convenience store/gas station. Hydration bladders are available on line. Just Google them. Be sure to get one with a large opening to facilitate the insertion of the ice.

For a full face helmet it helps to get one with a 45 degree bite valve.

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Thanks for the input, I think the bladder is a very practical solution which I really like. My wife's biggest barrier is the heat so I don't think hydration is going to be an issue for her, because she hasn't ridden once since the mercury got above 85 this year (LOL!) and thus we probably won't be getting a drink mount. Very helpful, as always, thanks to you both !
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I've got a modular helmet, so no big deal as long as I remember to flip it up before trying to get a drink. Have a drink holder on the bike and just swig when I want.


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Clear vynil tubing, about 1/4" - 5/16" diameter. Long enough to reach from bottom of can to mouth. For things like Lipton Tea, I simply use a cap with two holes. One is sized to allow the tube in but to grip it as well. The other hole is 1/16" diameter vent. Without the vent, the air above the drink will heat and push the drink out through tubing.

For canned drinks, I have a couple of those snap lids for cans and have the needed holes in them. You could also use insulated drink containers. There's also those insulated bags that water bottles come in with straps that you / she can hang on your side.

If you have a small pocket knife, you can add a hole or two to a new cap easily enough, just be sure and provide a vent or you'll have a mess!

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I use a 2 liter bladder from Wal-Mart that's $9.95 placed in a backpack (mine happens to be a cammelpack but almost any backpack can work). You can fill it with ice or if you have the time and a freezer, fill the bladder half way with water, then blow air into it to inflate the bladder. then put it in the freezer with the tube up. When you pull it out of the freezer, fill it the rest of the way with water. That works amazingly well on a hot day.

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I use modular helmets. They're not as cheap as pcfix_3s walmart bladder idea, but they come in handy for so many things such as not looking like a robber when you don't want to take your helmet off to pay for gas.

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Butler cup with a 12" straw works perfect

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On longer rides Da Boss uses a liquid bladder like the others have mentioned.. On just shorter rides we drilled a hole in a lid of a pop bottle the size of a straw... Put a straw in it and reuse that for her... screws onto most water bottles andthe straw fits under her helmet to drink out of while she rides

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