All mountain bikers who use hydration packs already know the importance of adequately drying the backpack container after use. Hydration backpacks require specific care that all users must comply with if they do not want to waste water with unpleasant tastes and smells, in addition to sporadic gastroenteritis. To properly dry the water tank of a hydration pack is essential, and in this article, we will learn how to make our drying kit efficiently and economically.
To make our home drying kit for hydration backpacks, we simply need the following elements:
1. A metal clothes hanger lined with plastic (very important this last)
2. Absorbent kitchen paper or, failing that, toilet paper.
3. A place to hang our hydration pack for drying.
As we have been able to verify, the total cost of the elements that we need to make our Kit of drying amounts to the not insignificant amount of 0 euros, when dealing with things that we usually have at home. Next, let’s see how to make our drying kit for hydration backpacks :
We will use a metal hanger lined with plastic to prevent the metal from rusting in contact with water and spoiling our water tank. It is essential to watch that there is no metal part exposed to the water since the oxide is toxic, and we can ruin our hydration pack. First, place the hanger on a flat surface.
Grasping the hanger by the ends, we proceed to press inwards with both hands, until we fold the rack in half as the image shows.
Our perch should have stayed like that, looking at her in profile. It is essential to check that the plastic covering the hanger has not been damaged in the process.
Tightening the hanger with one hand, we introduce the same inside the reservoir of our hydration pack. Thanks to the rounded edges of the rack, we will avoid damaging the tank.
We expanded the hanger placed inside so that the water tank of our backpack is more or less open, and drying is more efficient.
We put kitchen paper in the bottom of the reservoir of the hydration pack. The paper will absorb all the water in the tank and completely dry its interior. If we use toilet paper, it is likely to fall apart when in contact with water and leave us with remains, especially if it is of dubious quality.
We hang our hydration pack with the mouth of the reservoir down and taking care that it is not in contact with the sun to avoid damaging the material of which it is composed. After a couple of hours, we will have our backpack ready to use again.
- Before hanging the backpack for drying, it is advisable to blow down the hydration tube to dislodge any water it may contain.
- It is also recommended to clean the hydration tube every so often, with water and air pressure to prevent the proliferation of bacteria.
- And finally, once or twice a year, we should use specific disinfectant tablets for hydration backpacks, and thus extend the life of our pack.