Do It Yourself — Camelbak Crux-Reservoir Drying Kit
After every ride, you are supposed to clean and dry the reservoir of your hydration pack. If your pack uses a Camelbak Crux-reservoir you may have found it difficult to dry effectively. In fact, it seems that even Camelbak is aware of this since a hook and a plastic piece for keeping the pack open while drying is included in their Crux-reservoir cleaning kit. The price is a bit high at 20$ for just a few pieces of plastic, two brushes and a couple of cleaning tabs. Since the parts are very simple, you can do your own cleaning kit with minimal tools in less than an hour!
Because the used material is so soft you don’t need any sort of expensive power tools. The tools you need are:
- Any saw that can cut plastic, I used a hacksaw
- A file for smoothing out the edges
- A marker
- A ruler
- (Optional, but highly recommended) a bench clamp
You can copy the measurements from my design, or get creative and customize it a little bit. Excuse me for the silly colors in the PDF file, I forgot how to change them!
You should end with something like this:
Then it’s just a matter of cutting it out. I recommend making as many cuts as possible before cutting alongside the outer lines since it’s easier to hold onto it when it’s still a part of a bigger piece. This is where a clamp of any sort will come in handy. But don’t worry if you haven’t gotten one, it can be done without it, just takes more time. Eventually, you’ll have two separate pieces:
Great, now you have the pieces cut out! Next step is to file it down and smoothen out the edges to avoid any sort of damage to the reservoir. Once you’re happy with it, give it a good wash and attach a rubber band around the hook piece. This will allow you to hang the drinking hose neatly next to the reservoir to dry. You can also use it to keep the part together like this:
Finished Camelbak drying kit
Cost of the project: >10€
Time spent: around an hour, the better tools you have the faster you’ll finish it.