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Which sports drink, if any,(23 posts)

Which sports drink, if any,steve1244
Apr 5, 2002 9:17 AM
do you use?

I've been using Cytomax for a few years now and like it. I tried Revenge and ended up tossing it after about three rides because the stuff had a rank aftertaste. For 20-40 mile rides, I usually have a glass of water w/a scoop or two of Cytomax pre-ride (along with some food) and then take a bottle of it with me, along with a bottle of water and some gel packs.

Kind of curious to know what others out there are doing. To tell you the truth, I don't really know if Cytomax or any other sports drink adds any significant value, but after reading the marketing materials and the labels on the cans, I figured (probably like a lot of other people) that it couldn't hurt, so what the heck.
re: Which sports drink, if any,pa rider
Apr 5, 2002 9:23 AM
Water is best drink. I try different drinks myself. I use to race MTB heavy, so I cramped alot after 3 hour races on the last 5 miles. I used cytomax but found my stomach didn't like citrius.

I know alot of friends use Extran, for hot days where you're riding 3 plus hours. Alot of MTB races use it while riding. I'm trying GU now to see if it helps. I gain alot of weight drink these sport drinks last year, so I'll probably stick to water, unless I'm doing a race.

Hope this helps.
Tried and true Red Gatorade for me. nmonespeed
Apr 5, 2002 9:25 AM
and water, lots of water nmonespeed
Apr 5, 2002 9:37 AM
Apr 5, 2002 9:26 AM
I use only Sustained Energy from e-caps / Hammer nutrition. It has complex carbs and some protein. Great stuff for long rides. I add my own salt. It doesn't taste like Koolaid, but it doesn't upset my stomach and provides an even energy supply with no spikes or dips. For flavoring, add some naturally flavored Hammergel (I like Raspberry) and shake well. This stuff gets me though solo double centuries with no solid food and no bonking whatsoever.
Accellerade --Gregory Taylor
Apr 5, 2002 9:33 AM
I've had good luck with Accellerade. Decent taste, and it seems to work well for me. I down about 12 fluid ounces before I go out, and drink about every 15 minutes or so on the bike.
re: Which sports drink, if any,Wafer
Apr 5, 2002 9:55 AM
I mix Hammergel into my water in the recommended ratio and it's all I need. It keeps my energy level consistently high for many hours in the saddle.
Home BrewGalibier
Apr 5, 2002 10:07 AM
I used to drink Gatorade. One day I went to purchase a jug of powdered Gatorade and became curious about the ingredients. Upon reading the nutrition information, I discovered that some cheapo powdered drink mixes contain the same ingredients as Gatorade, minus the sodium. So, now I buy cheapo powdered drink mix (kiwi/strawberry, orange/pineapple, etc.), mix it full-strength, and add some grapefruit juice to cut the sweetness. When I prepare my water bottles, I add a pinch of salt and dilute the drink with about 35% water. Tastes great and seems to work as well as Gatorade, but costs much less. Plus, I can carry extra powdered mix with me on my rides -- I add a pinch of salt to that as well.
Home Brewspeedisgood
Apr 5, 2002 9:31 PM
Same with me, tho I just cut full-strength kool-aid in half. I add a pinch (1/8 teaspoon) of salt substitute. That's a blend of NaCl (sodium chloride) and KCl (potassium chloride) for you chemists out there. That way you get potassium and salt replacement.
Home BrewGalibier
Apr 8, 2002 6:31 AM
I need to get that salt substitute. Thanks for the tip.
re: Which sports drink, if any,Troyboy
Apr 5, 2002 10:12 AM
Fruit punch Gatorade or Accelerade watered down to 50/50. Cytomax is too sweet for me.
Hydra Fuel, lemon lime powder. (nm)Chen2
Apr 5, 2002 10:16 AM
Ultimaroot down
Apr 5, 2002 10:59 AM
I've been using Ultima for about a year now, and it's good stuff. It is a little different than most sports drinks, being that is has very few calories (no sugar). It is actually designed to be taken along with gels. It's great for hydration though, tastes good, and is not sticky like the sugary sports drink like Cytomax.
Definitely NOT Gatorade for mebrider
Apr 5, 2002 11:02 AM
I cramped EVERY time I used Gatorade. Cytomax worked well at staving off the cramps, but I really didn't like the taste. I drank it because (1) it worked, and (2) we got it as part of a sponsorship deal. In training, I use defizzed coke (one can per bottle, diluted with water) and another large bottle of water.
XL-1 or cold tea with lemon squirt, pinch salt & sugar. (nm)tempeteKerouak
Apr 5, 2002 12:51 PM
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Apr 5, 2002 1:03 PM
12oz. Mountain Dew mix w/12oz.water.......STEELYeyed
Apr 5, 2002 1:37 PM
add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. Cheap,available and effective.
I've used:jw25
Apr 5, 2002 2:04 PM
1. Cytomax. Favorite flavor was Peach, since it's not overpowering, and doesn't have the annoying orange staining ability of the orange. Both had "herbal lift", which didn't make much difference. I had constant stomach upset on this, unless it was diluted to 2/3's or less.
2. Revenge. Tasted bad when first mixed, even worse after a few hours on the road. Didn't notice much performance enhancement, and the non-dissolving bits were annoying.
3. Gatorade. Mainly lemon-lime and fruit punch powder, mixed slightly under-strength with a pinch of lite salt added (for extra potassium). This actually worked well, except the tiny containers of powder ran out pretty fast. It's a little to acidic for long rides, though, and racing use made my stomach upset.
4. Smartfuel Warpaide. They're a team sponsor, so a big tub is pretty cheap, and they don't use artificial coloring, which is nice. My favorite flavor is mandarin orange, with the berry a close second. It's not as sweet as Cytomax or Gatorade, and hasn't bothered my stomach yet. I do tend to mix it lighter than normal, though.

I'm not afraid to add things based on the ride, either. I have a big tub of maltodextrin powder, and I'll throw a couple of tablespoons in a bottle of drink if I'm going long that day. When the weather gets hotter, I like to add a pinch of lite salt, for extra electrolytes, and maybe a half-teaspoon of glycerin, to aid in hydration.
Cytomax or Gaitoraid for meIcefrk13
Apr 5, 2002 2:30 PM
Gave it upKerry
Apr 5, 2002 3:13 PM
Used to use Exceed (good stuff but now gone) and then Cytomax. Ended up with a sticky bike and no advantages over water and food. Now I eat fig bars and salted nuts. This gives a good mix of slow acting carbs, salt replacement, protein, and a bit of fat to make things taste good and to smooth out the calorie flow. If I stop, I add a Coke and maybe a couple of lower fat cookies to the mix so I get a boost when starting back up and some caffiene to mobilize free fatty acids. There's no advantage to sports drinks (and some are a disadvantage) other than "convenience" and I don't find food that inconvenient.
After my own heart...Ahimsa
Apr 5, 2002 4:34 PM
I agree completely. Why waste calories on white sugar and artificial coloring when I can have Fig Newtons and a bag of smoked almonds?

Cheers to ya mate!

SOBE has a new sports drinkRadicalRonPruitt
Apr 6, 2002 7:05 PM
and it is awesome!