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Red BullBroBiker
Jul 18, 2001 10:28 AM
I've attend a few local cycling events and at each event Red Bull has been offered as a free giveaway. I haven't tried Red Bull but I'm interested in hearing from those you have. What's the skinny on Red Bull?

re: Red BullLardog
Jul 18, 2001 10:37 AM
Energy (caffeine) drink. I don't believe those drinks are required to hold FDA approval, therefore, not required to list ingredients. I've tried it once, during a ride. Bad idea. It would have been ok if it were watered down 75% water, 25% stuff.

I've heard they're all just caffeine.
Good for trade show booth duty...MrCelloBoy
Jul 18, 2001 10:46 AM
bad for biking.
tried it early AM instead of espresso before 60 milerHaiku d'état
Jul 18, 2001 10:49 AM
did nothing for me; regretted it as i sadly passed two starbucks on the way...
Energy Drink Survey - Huge - tongue and cheekGrinder
Jul 18, 2001 11:12 AM
Red Bull
Can: 250ml/$3.95
Recommended dosage: 5 cans max daily (1.25 litres)
Active Ingredients: Taurine, Glucuronolactone, Caffeine, Inositol, Vitamins (Niacin, Pantothenic acid, B6, B12)
Taste: very sweet and candy-like, vaguely apple.
Caffeine content: 80mg per can

One of the ways this gives you wings is by making your wallet lighter. I suspect the main reason for the price is the fact it is (according to the can) manufactured in Austria and imported. I also suspect if someone drank 1.25 litres a day, they would never get any sleep. This drink may possibly cause hyperactive children to explode.

Can: 250ml/$1.99
Bottle: 350ml/$2.99
Recommended dosage: 5 cans max per day (1.25 litres)
Active Ingredients: taurine, guarana extract, Glucuronolactone, caffine, inositol, Vitamins (niacin, B6, B2, B12)
Taste: Vaguely of apples but sweeter. Not as powerfully sweet as Red Bull though.
Caffeine content per can: 0.02% (80mg, according to the web site)
Guarana content per can: 0.12%

Manufactured in NZ, this seems to be the most widely promoted energy drink. Assuming the caffeine content listed includes the caffeine content from the Guarana, should be about as effective as Red Bull, though I experienced less caffeine jitters.
I also didn't feel any need to play chicken with oncoming cars, as per various adverts...

Lift Plus
Can: 250ml/$1.99
Bottle: 350ml/$2.99
Recommended dosage: 5 cans max per day (1.25 litres)
Ingredients: caffeine, vitamin B1, guarana, ginseng, niacin
Taste: Vaguely lemon/citrus
Caffeine content per can: Unknown

Regular Lift contains 5% lemon juice. Apparently Lift Plus doesn't. The can doesn't list the caffeine content, so I went to look at web sites. redirected me to the Australian site, which just had pictures of watches didn't help much more, as it didn't know what Lift Plus was. D'oh.

Ikon Energize
Can: 250ml/$1.90
Bottle: 355ml/$2.70
Recommended dosage: 2-3 cans per day (750ml)
Ingredients: taurine, guarana extract, caffeine, Inositol, ginseng extract, ginkgo biloba extract, nicotinamide, co-enzyme Q10, Vitamins (B6, B12, A, C, E)
Taste: of berries
Caffeine content: not given.

Notable because it has a twin (sold in a blue can, as opposed to red) called "Ikon Harmonize" presumably to do the opposite. Also apparently the product of a New Zealand company. (2001 Health Beverage Co Ltd)

Top Secret Energy Drink
Can: 355ml/$2.50
Recommended dosage: 3 cans max daily (about 1 litre)
Active Ingredients: Taurine, Glucuronolactone, Guarana extract, Caffeine, Inositol, Vitamins (A, B2, B6, C, E, niacin, pantothenic acid)
Taste: Candy-ish. Very sweet.
Caffeine content: not given

Another New Zealand product (or distributed by a NZ company at any rate) The can holds the same amount of drink as the bottles as other products. What's top secret about caffeine anyway? Perhaps they mean the caffeine content is top secret.

Red Eye Gold
Bottle: 330ml/$2.99
Recommended dosage: 1 bottle per day
Active Ingredients: Caffeine, Taurine, Guarana extract, Vitamins (C, niacin B3, pantothenic acid B5, vitamin B6)
Taste: Something like cough syrup/Irish moss, but pleasently so. Someone else suggested it tasted like a shoe. The bottle says "natural and nature identical flavours"...
Caffeine content per can: 14.5mg per 100ml - about 48mg per bottle (according to the web site...)

Australian-made product. According to the web page, Red Eye also comes in "Classic", "Plus", "Platinum" and "Extreme". Although the recommended dosage is only one bottle a day, it contains less caffeine than other products do in cans. (This may apply due to the other ingredients) Personally I quite like the taste, whatever it is...

Which is fortunate, as I must have inadvertantly sh
Good for drinkingtri
Jul 18, 2001 11:58 AM
When I'm at college, I never use it for working out. However, it goes great with VERY cheap vodka (Dubra, popov, colonial club-i.e. $10/1.75 liter bottle)-covers up the taste of sh*t vodka perfectly
Not that I'm a big drinker or anything, but...Delia
Jul 18, 2001 1:50 PM
You should try it with good vodka too. Kettle One or some sort of Absolut. It's pretty tasty. The neat thing is that the 'buzz' is totally different than what you would expect.

Jul 18, 2001 2:28 PM
red bull and good vodka is a great drink to pick you up if you're in danger of getting partied out. have 2-3 of them and you'll have problems getting to sleep though.
I was feeling sort of draggy one afternoon at work and Ibill
Jul 18, 2001 12:11 PM
bought some. Aside from the astounding price, I thought it was truly nasty stuff. I hope never to taste it again. I must say, though, that I remained awake for the rest of the day.
I believe in water, myself.
Caffeine in a CanJohnnyA
Jul 18, 2001 12:30 PM
Wouldn't consider a sports drink per se, but a good dose of caffeine. I prefer the taste of Red Devil myself.
Ingredients: Carbonated water, sucrose, glucose, sodium citrate, taurine, glucouronolactone, caffeine, inositol, niacin, D-pantothenol, pyridoxine HCL, Vitamin B12 oh and artificial flavors and color.
link to their websiterollo tommassi
Jul 18, 2001 12:48 PM
It kind of bailed me out once >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Live Steam
Jul 18, 2001 1:27 PM
I was on the ride home in my car from a very hilly century. Had about an hour to go when I bonked. I was feeling very tired and there were not rest areas around to pick up a cup of coffee. Then, I remembered getting a can from the rep at the start of the ride. I downed about two thirds of the can an sure enough got a caffiene blast that helped me for the remainder of the drive home. I guess it's good for truckers and bus drivers.:-)
re: Red Bullniklas
Jul 18, 2001 11:12 PM
A few days ago it was in the news in sweden that red bull could possibly be involved in the death of a few youngsters who were mixing it with alcohol. It was also suspected to be involved in the death of a young swede who had been working out hard and drank rb to recover and died. The doc's are investigating the possibility of rb being dangerous. Go figure.
-> anyway, maybe it's best to be careful. And why drink huge amounts of caffeine and sugar while biking? I get the kick from pedaling, not from additives...
tastes like cherry @ss (nm)lonefrontranger
Jul 19, 2001 12:33 PM