Improving Cycling Hydration Pack Airflow

So I got tired of the ongoing sweaty back syndrome I had when riding with my cheap pack I’d picked up on Woot! a while back.

The problem were the protrusions to raise the pack from your back weren’t big enough to actually raise the pack. As a result, the pack stuck to my back and created what was basically a heater for my back and the water reservoir.

I noticed my larger Kelty day pack had a sheet of slightly oversized plastic in the back to create an arch over the back area.

Inspired by the Kelty pack, I set forth in full on MacGyver mode.

  1. Find an old mega jug of laundry detergent, or something similar.
  2. Cut one side of the jug off.  Trim the corners so that they’re smooth.  If needed, create some ducts to let air flow.
  3. Don’t forget to keep enough plastic around the ducts so the arch doesn’t flatten against your back.

  4. Place the arch in the pack.

  5. Ride with a cooler back and cooler water. Cat approved.
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My road yesterday. Compare and contrast.

Duraleigh Road, Raleigh, NC
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Killing the Catalyst at the Lincoln Theatre

Here’s some shots I grabbed of Killing the Catalyst at the Lincoln Theatre on February 14, 2013.

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https://www.facebook.com/killing.the.catalyst.band — Killing the Catalyst

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Some Shots from Grandma’s

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Corrections House, Grohg, and Nate Hall at Kings in Raleigh 1/27/2013

Some shots from the Nate Hall, Grohg, and Corrections House show. Nate Hall was a pleasant surprise, and put down a scorching set. Might have been the tightest Grohg set I’ve seen yet.

And man….Corrections House…bass saxophone, 3 folks providing vocals, electronic drum pad, synthesized percussion and backing track, poetry reading, egg shakers and other misc. effects, some type of mystery box masked by a curtain, all capped with some awesome guitar sound.

The diehard metal heads were a bit pissed and full of “meh”. Me, I love seeing new stuff and people pushing creatively in new directions. I’d like to see more.

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Horses

Horses in December - Click to enlarge

Horses in December – Click to enlarge

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December Sunset

December Sunset

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Shot in the Dark

I took a few evening shots the other day, and these are a few of the resulting shots.

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Video and Pics from KIFFmas 2012 at Volume 11 Tavern

Photos from KIFFmas 2012 at Volume 11 Tavern – Raleigh, NC – Click for Album

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Sea Creatures

A little while back I took some pictures of a cool crumbling wall that had a variety of sea creatures painted on it. The lighting was awesome, but each of the creatures in each would have been noisy if cropped out. Wanting to use the shots for something, I put them together in this collage sorta thing.

Ocean Wall Collage

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