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    Gatorade -revisit

    My riding buddy keep arguing his tape H2O is better than my Gatorade. Help me prove he is wrong.

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    It's all over the internet that while working out you need to replace vital salts lost in sweating and water alone will not do that adequately, do a search and show him. I like Gatorade but I dilute it 50% to prevent possible stomach issues while riding and to prevent a weird heavy taste after riding for a while. There are other products out there but Gatorade has been proven with over 40 years under it's belt, and the other stuff is more expensive and does nothing more. If your a pro rider you may need something a bit better, but for the average cyclist...no way.

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    I used to think gatorade was what I wanted, then I used it in my bottle during an 8-hour mtb race last summer. Got my guts in a bunch in an awful way. Hammer Enduralytes Fizz have been good to me since then; everyone's guts are different though, so YMMV.
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    better at what...?

    try dumping a bottle of gatorade over your head to cool off or squirting some in your eyes to remove sweat.

    I'm guessing water works better for those instances.

    gatorade is expensive and tastes fairly nasty to me.

    I used filtered water from the tap when I ride. provides ample hydration, cheap, pleasant taste, and doesn't leave sticky crap on the bike.
    eff all y'all...

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    I like Gatorade, but can't stand the taste of it warm on a hot summer day. Blech!

    Plain 'ole water with a pinch of salt works for me. Easier to clean your bottles too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlg View Post
    I like Gatorade, but can't stand the taste of it warm on a hot summer day. Blech!

    Plain 'ole water with a pinch of salt works for me. Easier to clean your bottles too.
    COLD Getorade FTW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roland44 View Post
    COLD Getorade FTW!
    Even frozen in an insulated bottle... it still turns warm on long rides on hot days.
    I guess if you ride 30mi with moderate temps it stays cold. But then... Gatorade isn't really needed for such a short spin.

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    Gatorade is loaded with sugar. Way too much for a diabetic like me. If I have to have a sports drink along, I take Powerade Zero. Electrolytes without any added sugar.

    IMO a banana is a better source of potassium than any sports drink. Carbs, sodium and potassium in something that actually tastes good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpre53 View Post
    IMO a banana is a better source of potassium than any sports drink.
    Thumbs up for the banana. I'm fond of the easy to open and biodegradeable wrapper too.

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    Not fussy. Water, sugars, Na and K, by whatever means. I prefer to dilute sports drinks to 2/3 drink and 1/3 water. I also often dilute 100 cal of fruit juice into 24 oz of water and add 1/8 level tsp of "Lite Salt" (Na + K).
    ... 'cuz that's how I roll.

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    I used to drink Gatorade quite a bit on rides, but have cut way back on my consumption. Since part of my reason for cycling is to lose weight, I have been trying to cut back on unnecessary calorie consumption. I ride with some guys who seem to consume more calories from gels and drinks than they are probably burning from cycling.

    However, I still use Gatorade on long rides during hot weather. It does seem to help prevent cramping when you are sweating a lot. Like others, I use more water than Gatorade calls for in its mixing instructions. I have trouble drinking Gatorade, Power Aid and other sports drinks right out of the bottle; they are just too sweet.

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    Gatorade -revisit

    G2 Gatorade has the same electrolyte content as regular and about 1/3 the calories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    ...gatorade is expensive...
    I buy the big cans of powder at Costco for $10. Definitely not expensive in that form.
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    Quote Originally Posted by froze View Post
    If your a pro rider you may need something a bit better, but for the average cyclist...no way.
    Judging by many of the posts of people's avg speeds, top speeds, distances, etc. there are tons of people here who are pro material - mostly newbs though.
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    I've read studies about protein being beneficial in the body helping absorb the salts and carbs. I believe that's why all the 'recovery drinks' have something like a 3:1 or 4:1 carb-to-protein ratio. I also remember reading something about pros filling their bottles with a mix similar to that. FWIW.

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    Yep, protein is what you need for recovery after but not doing the ride. For strenuous endurance efforts, you need carbos (sugar) and salt.

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    I've found that lightly mixed Cytomax works very well for me. I've also started taking Endurolytes prior to long/hard rides. Cramps suck so I'll try anything to not get them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clipped_in View Post
    I buy the big cans of powder at Costco for $10. Definitely not expensive in that form.
    I wouldn't use it if it was free.
    eff all y'all...

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    I personally think Gatorade and Powerade doesn't do much for me. I've had better luck with Nuun tabs. THis year, gonna try out Skratch Labs.

    For short rides, you don't need protein or carbs, just electrolytes. Mid-range rides... add carbs...

    for centuries and such.... some protein helps me.

    After rides... a nice 4:1 carb to protein drink (chocolate milk is good, but I'm lactose intolerant).... with solid food... then drive to the bar for beer.
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    I make my own... brown sugar, sea salt and no-pulp 100% orange juice. I don't mind gatorade but for some reason it never really quenches my thirst and feels "heavy" as described above.
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    As a Type 1, I sometimes find I have a need for sugar on the road. Gatorade isn't too bad, and alternating sips with water it seems to work well.
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    Re: Gatorade -revisit

    Depends on a very short ride I will just use water. 30-40 mile jaunt water mixed with sports drink and maybe a peanut butter treat.

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    On a long ride, after you run through your water bottles, and stoping at that country store, there aren't a lot of options for sugary rehydration.

    I voted Oui for Gatorade because maybe 2/3 of the times it really hits the spot, giving me a surge of energy when I get back on the road. I agree with the comment that taste-wise it sucks once warm.

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    I'm allergic to food colouring. So no.

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