Just wondering - does anyone take energy drinks during long rides? Instead of just water or juice or mineral salts. If yes - then any recos ?
I sometimes add a small pinch of salt on hot days, and squeeze some lemon juice in for extra flavour.I largely get by on DIY energy drinks - 1/3 OJ for flavour and fructose, 2/3 water, plus 2 heaped scoops of maltodextrin powder per 3/4 litre bottle. Approximately 1 bottle for every 50 km/30-odd miles ridden. On longer rides (80+ km/50+ miles) I would add one or 2 Cokes and whatever food I fancied at cafe/shop stops.
I do carry the cereal bars and eat one usually after 15 miles or so . Somehow i find it difficult to eat before i start. Maybe thats something i have to correctI lose a look of sweat when its warm, which can result in cramping later in the ride, High 5 or similar tabs help avoid this, I did a 4 hour MTB event on Saturday, I drank a bottle before the start, 2 litre from the backpack while riding and another bottle at the finish, I got cramp once when I stopped, but was fine later, we went to the pub and it was ages before I needed the toilet, I also ate a Granola square a packet of Jelly Babies and I gel.