Which energy drink?

What energy drink powder do you use if you use any on your longer rides?
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  • diamonddog
    diamonddog Posts: 3,426
    Just water for me, tried the Hi Five variety tasted ok but they did nothing for me.
  • Just water for me, tried the Hi Five variety tasted ok but they did nothing for me.

    So if you was to do a long ride what do you take with you nutrition wise?
  • joe2019
    joe2019 Posts: 1,338
    First Endurance EFS is by far the best I've ever used.
  • Sutton_Rider
    Sutton_Rider Posts: 493
    Water with a pinch of salt and sometimes a banana as well.
  • ktuludays
    ktuludays Posts: 96
    i make my own, water, splash of honey/juice and a bit of sugar and salt. i used o use the SIS ones but found i'd get gut ache after a while using them.

    for other nutrition, soreen, bananas, cereal bars, jam sandwiches
  • schlepcycling
    schlepcycling Posts: 1,614
    I use SIS energy drinks, specifically the citrus flavour and I find it very palatable and I've never suffered from any stomach issues. Obviously YMMV.
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  • Mad_Malx
    Mad_Malx Posts: 5,047
    Agree with almost all the above responses.

    Love the way the purveyors have managed to persuade some people that salts, sugar and synthetic flavouring plus ££££ constitutes nutrition.
  • Defblade
    Defblade Posts: 141
    I use Skratch these days.

    Turns out, I'm a poor absorber of fructose and if I drink just a little bit to much of most energy drinks, that fructose sugar heads down further in my guts than sugar would normally reach and the bugs that aren't used to pure energy arriving have an absolute riot on it... so a day or so after using it, I get really nasty cramps and runs :(

    Gatorade used to make one with no fructose, but the Skratch make the only ones I can find these days with no added fructose.
  • joe_totale-2
    joe_totale-2 Posts: 1,333
    Watery squash with a tiny bit of salt in works well for me. Don't waste your money on some fancy nonsense.
  • diamonddog
    diamonddog Posts: 3,426
    edited May 2020

    Just water for me, tried the Hi Five variety tasted ok but they did nothing for me.

    So if you was to do a long ride what do you take with you nutrition wise?
    I took a couple of Belvita Nuts & Honey variety, take something you would normally eat it has less chance of upsetting your digestive system. As mentioned above you can make your own drink using cordial with a bit of salt added.

  • singleton
    singleton Posts: 2,523
    I have used a few but hi-five was the best on my stomach.
    Don't use any now though - just water, bananas, soreen, fig rolls.
  • mrb123
    mrb123 Posts: 4,666
    Half apple juice, half water, pinch of salt.

    In terms of food, I carry mini malt loaves, dried apricots, Eat Natural bars, Mars/Snickers, sometimes Jelly Babies.
  • fenix
    fenix Posts: 5,437
    High Five for me on my long rides.
  • rik.j.rayner
    rik.j.rayner Posts: 12
    edited May 2020
    Lord not this one again! (Awaits ludicrous tales of imperial centuries completed sucking on a wine gum with ditch water)
  • mrb123 said:

    Half apple juice, half water, pinch of salt.

    In terms of food, I carry mini malt loaves, dried apricots, Eat Natural bars, Mars/Snickers, sometimes Jelly Babies.

    Love to see how a mars bar or snickers would be after an hour or more in your back pocket!

  • Cargobike
    Cargobike Posts: 748
    Water, orange cordial and a pinch of salt. Sorted.
    Food? Soreen malt loaf, maybe a banana too.
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,251
    edited May 2020
    Well that was good timing!
    My usual SIS tablets had ran out so I went on a challenging 57 mile hilly bike ride with nothing more than 2x 750ml bidons filled with weak squash and a pinch of salt.
    Noticed zero difference. Money saved for other goodies. 😀😎🚴
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  • mrb123
    mrb123 Posts: 4,666

    mrb123 said:

    Half apple juice, half water, pinch of salt.

    In terms of food, I carry mini malt loaves, dried apricots, Eat Natural bars, Mars/Snickers, sometimes Jelly Babies.

    Love to see how a mars bar or snickers would be after an hour or more in your back pocket!

    I put chocolate bars in my middle back pocket with my phone in a freezer bag in between them and my back. Keeps them from melting in all but the warmest weather.
  • navrig2
    navrig2 Posts: 1,851
    Water and whatever decent cereal bar is on offer in ASDA or a banana although banana's don't do well in a jersey pocket.
  • imposter2.0
    imposter2.0 Posts: 12,028
    pblakeney said:

    Well that was good timing!
    My usual SIS tablets had ran out so I went on a challenging 57 mile hilly bike ride with nothing more than 2x 750ml bisons filled with weak squash and a pinch of salt.
    Noticed zero difference. Money saved for other goodies. 😀😎🚴

    Well done on carry two bisons on your ride. That's impressive...

  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,251

    pblakeney said:

    Well that was good timing!
    My usual SIS tablets had ran out so I went on a challenging 57 mile hilly bike ride with nothing more than 2x 750ml bisons filled with weak squash and a pinch of salt.
    Noticed zero difference. Money saved for other goodies. 😀😎🚴

    Well done on carry two bisons on your ride. That's impressive...

    😂😂😂 Bloody spell check! 😂😂😂
    Will correct....

    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
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  • cruff
    cruff Posts: 1,518
    Anyone riding with just water for more than two hours is either riding at a snail's pace or heading towards bonksville very, very quickly. You don't just need to replace salts when you're riding - you also need carbohydrate simply to keep you functioning.

    For any ride longer than two hours I use Berry High 5 - mixed with orange cordial (don't like the taste of it that much in its own, it always tastes 'gloopy' - with the cordial it tastes like those fruit salad chewy sweets you used to get when you were a kid)
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  • webboo
    webboo Posts: 6,087
    This is just not true Cruff. If you train your body to burn your fat stores, you can still ride at more than a snails pace.
    This has been established for years, I remember Mark Allen winning the Nice long distance triathlon several decades ago and only consuming water.
  • Charlie_Croker
    Charlie_Croker Posts: 1,722
    cruff said:

    Anyone riding with just water for more than two hours is either riding at a snail's pace or heading towards bonksville very, very quickly. You don't just need to replace salts when you're riding - you also need carbohydrate simply to keep you functioning.

    For any ride longer than two hours I use Berry High 5 - mixed with orange cordial (don't like the taste of it that much in its own, it always tastes 'gloopy' - with the cordial it tastes like those fruit salad chewy sweets you used to get when you were a kid)

    Do you recon these tablets from Tesco, Multivitamin and Mineral are any good for keeping you going?

    I ask because when I take a drink it doesn’t seem to make any difference, but a few fig rolls...
  • webboo
    webboo Posts: 6,087
    As there are no calories in those tablets they are not going to help keep you going. Unless you are suffering from a Vitamin deficiency.
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,251
    I get the impression that some are mixing hydration with nutrition.
    I guess it can be done but I get my carbs from food.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
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  • Charlie_Croker
    Charlie_Croker Posts: 1,722
    pblakeney said:

    I get the impression that some are mixing hydration with nutrition.
    I guess it can be done but I get my carbs from food.

    I kinda think of them going together. The OP asked “Which energy drink?” referring to longer rides
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,251

    pblakeney said:

    I get the impression that some are mixing hydration with nutrition.
    I guess it can be done but I get my carbs from food.

    I kinda think of them going together. The OP asked “Which energy drink?” referring to longer rides
    In which case the best answer lies within a cafe. 😉
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
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  • navrig2
    navrig2 Posts: 1,851
    I have a friend whose wife rides with a bottle of water fuelled with a Zero Cal tablet. She thinks she gets energy from it. He hasn't chosen not to tell her the truth.

    We are not talking big distances BTW.
  • N0bodyOfTheGoat
    N0bodyOfTheGoat Posts: 5,906
    I'm still learning how to "fuel pace" myself on 2+ hour rides, or at least that's my current theory on why I can come back from such rides and often feel so utterly fatigued within an hour getting home.

    I generally always take 1.5l of water on such rides, but given how jelly babies have ~20g of carbs per four sweets, I simply don't eat enough of them regularly enough. I should be taking one every ~5mins after an hour of riding, so if a 225g bag holds ~40 sweets, that should last me no more than two ~3 hour rides.

    Problem is, I often forget to eat them regularly and so might only eat ~10 over the course of a three hour ride!
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