What to drink on a ride? With a slight issue...

KevChallis
KevChallis Posts: 646
edited April 2014 in Road general
Yes the high sugar drinks work, and I understand why.

But what do you drink if you are like me, and embarrassingly so, have bad teeth? High sugar drinks are not good, yet I need something to replace the fluids in my body and add a little extra energy for those long rides.

Is there such thing or am I p*ss*ng into the wind?
Kev
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  • Grill
    Grill Posts: 5,610
    Check out Skratch Labs and Clif. They both do lower sugar mixes without diluting the electrolytes.

    You can also use electrolyte tabs and get your carbs elsewhere. Contrary to popular belief you can quite easily ride on just water as your fluid of choice.
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  • dilatory
    dilatory Posts: 565
    Electrolyte + caffeine tabs? High 5 Xtreme / SIS Hydro + Caffeine etc.
  • bad_moose
    bad_moose Posts: 49
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/high5-zero-elec ... k-20-tabs/

    I use that. Dunno whether it's what you're looking for or not, but I think it's pretty good. All of the flavours are sugar free I think.
  • DiscoBoy
    DiscoBoy Posts: 905
    The trouble is that you're going to need to eat sugary foods instead, which is probably just as bad for your teeth.

    On the topic of electrolyte tabs, avoid sis cola flavour... It is absolutely disgusting. Powerbar mango passion fruit is my favourite flavour: delicious.
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  • Grill
    Grill Posts: 5,610
    You don't need to eat sugary foods. Boiled potatoes, peanut butter sandwich, rice cakes- there are loads of options out there.
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  • nammynake
    nammynake Posts: 196
    You don't need tonnes of sugary drink/sweets. Stick to slow release carbs such as malt loaf, flapjack etc and drink water or half water/half fresh fruit juice. Sugary sweets like jelly babies are good for a quick energy boost but they won't sustain you for long.
  • DiscoBoy
    DiscoBoy Posts: 905
    nammynake wrote:
    You don't need tonnes of sugary drink/sweets. Stick to slow release carbs such as malt loaf, flapjack etc and drink water or half water/half fresh fruit juice. Sugary sweets like jelly babies are good for a quick energy boost but they won't sustain you for long.

    Malt loaf is 20% sugar by weight. Flapjacks are made with quite a lot of syrup. Fruit juice contains loads of sugar.

    Anything with carbohydrate in will get digested into sugar in your mouth. Gels and sugary drinks might actually be a good idea, at least they don't get stuck in your teeth: remember the old adage that crisps are worse for your teeth than sweets, due to bits getting stuck?
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  • team47b
    team47b Posts: 6,425
    Grill wrote:
    You don't need to eat sugary foods. Boiled potatoes, peanut butter sandwich, rice cakes- there are loads of options out there.

    This.

    White bread is as fast acting as pure white sugar and will give you instant energy and not be at all sweet. dried apricots are about 75% carb and kinder to your teeth.

    Drink water.
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  • KevChallis
    KevChallis Posts: 646
    Thanks for your help!! Appreciate it!!
    Kev
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  • Mini cheddar, indestructible in Jersey pocket. Nice and savoury.
    Just need to wash down with lots of water or High 5 zero.
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,535
    for energy, take 'real' food, or energy bars, or gels

    drink water

    bear in mind that the bacteria that cause tooth decay will happily feed on any carbs not just sugar, and starchy stuff will stick to teeth more tenaciously than sugary gels

    after eating, swoosh some water around your mouth to wash out as much as possible before swallowing
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  • Initialised
    Initialised Posts: 3,047
    You could always chew gum while you ride, just be careful not to inhale it on climbs and sprints.
    I used to just ride my bike to work but now I find myself going out looking for bigger and bigger hills.
  • dilatory
    dilatory Posts: 565
    DiscoBoy wrote:
    On the topic of electrolyte tabs, avoid sis cola flavour... It is absolutely disgusting.

    It's not the nicest, but I'd say it's similar to the flavour of those jelly cola bottles. I keep the cola ones in my pocket in case I need to refill with water at some point. They're pretty bland.
  • TKF
    TKF Posts: 279
    nammynake wrote:
    You don't need tonnes of sugary drink/sweets. Stick to slow release carbs such as flapjack
    Yes because flapjack is known for its low sugar content
  • KevChallis
    KevChallis Posts: 646
    TKF wrote:
    nammynake wrote:
    You don't need tonnes of sugary drink/sweets. Stick to slow release carbs such as flapjack
    Yes because flapjack is known for its low sugar content

    I've made flapjack before, and my lord has it a lot of sugar in!! Absolutely sh*t loads of golden syrup lol.

    Thanks all for the help, will try this on Sunday (not the flapjack part lol)
    Kev
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  • Doris Day
    Doris Day Posts: 83
    Bananas are good and easy to digest, and drink water.

    Have you seen a dentist about your teeth?
  • imposter2.0
    imposter2.0 Posts: 12,028
    You could always chew gum while you ride, just be careful not to inhale it on climbs and sprints.

    So a pretty dumb idea, then...
  • KevChallis
    KevChallis Posts: 646
    Doris Day wrote:
    Bananas are good and easy to digest, and drink water.

    Have you seen a dentist about your teeth?

    Yup, quite a lot :/ unfortunately paying the price for some very silly decisions when I was younger. Just like to be extra careful now.
    Kev
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  • ManxJ
    ManxJ Posts: 43
    Just drink water and eat some carbs and manage your efforts and you won't bonk
  • dilatory
    dilatory Posts: 565
    KevChallis wrote:
    Yup, quite a lot :/ unfortunately paying the price for some very silly decisions when I was younger. Just like to be extra careful now.

    You know what they say, not even once!
  • KevChallis
    KevChallis Posts: 646
    dilatory wrote:
    KevChallis wrote:
    Yup, quite a lot :/ unfortunately paying the price for some very silly decisions when I was younger. Just like to be extra careful now.

    You know what they say, not even once!

    I don't understand, maybe because it's early
    Kev
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  • KevChallis
    KevChallis Posts: 646
    Yikes!!!! Not that bad lol!!
    Kev
    PlanetX Pro Carbon
    Voodoo Bizango
  • IrishMac
    IrishMac Posts: 328
    Just split a tablet in half and put 1 half into a bottle of 750 ml, will help somewhat :)
    Don't brush your teeth straight after a ride, the sugar etc weakens your enamel.
    Or you could have one bottle of electrolyte and one of water, one drink of electrolyte followed my two small mouthfuls of water to try and wash it out straight away? :)
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  • chris_bass
    chris_bass Posts: 4,913
    I just have squash in my bottle, seems to do the trick for me
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  • desweller
    desweller Posts: 5,175
    Water and a dextrose drip. The drip will be easier to position if you have a recumbent as you'll have one of those silly flags to hang the bag on.
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  • bad_moose wrote:
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/high5-zero-electrolyte-drink-20-tabs/

    I use that. Dunno whether it's what you're looking for or not, but I think it's pretty good. All of the flavours are sugar free I think.

    I use these too
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  • ednino
    ednino Posts: 684
    bad_moose wrote:
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/high5-zero-electrolyte-drink-20-tabs/

    I use that. Dunno whether it's what you're looking for or not, but I think it's pretty good. All of the flavours are sugar free I think.

    I use these too

    totally pointless. Read the link I posted
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,535
    DesWeller wrote:
    Water and a dextrose drip. The drip will be easier to position if you have a recumbent as you'll have one of those silly flags to hang the bag on.

    this made me think of the bit in bill the galactic hero where they get a drum of alcohol and another of glucose and rig up a drip to stay smashed/fed until it runs out
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