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    5-Hour Energy drinks

    When I buy something from Competitive Cyclist I get these free 5-Hour Energy cans. I've never used the stuff and am a little suspicious. What I am wondering is would one of these be a good thing at the end of a ride especially if you are feeling depleted?

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    Munch on some caffeine pills and eat out of the sugar bowl. It's about the same thing just with pretty labels and tons of propaganda.

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    Yup, be sure to know what you just drank. I grabbed one of their extra strength versions about 4yrs ago and wont do that again. I like to ride with a little boost but in this case the "extra" was a heavy shot of that sneaky B-6. Half hour later and was hit with the insidious Niacin Flush.
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    Chocolate milk for me, although a friend takes the 5 Hour stuff before a ride and says it works for him.

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    They will find one day that those unregulated energy drinks cause cancer......All that sugar and no telling what un-pronounceable stuff Is in there,,,

    If you need a pre-ride kick drink Coffee. If you need a mid ride Kick eat protein...

    I always drink a cup of coffee on the drive out to the trail head..
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    Wasn't Walter White producing supercharged energy drinks full of methamphetamine or have I been watching too much Breaking Bad.

    I'm really annoyed that our local public radio station accepts money from 5-Hour Energy and plays 'ads' for them.
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    I wouldn't touch them, its too much like eating caffeine tablets, and dipping them in sugar (as said, somewhat differently.) Up to you, you're a big boy and capable of making decisions, but........

    Agree with you Jan, NPR has crossed line there, to me. Just not what I want my membership in the local affiliate used to advertise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
    What I am wondering is would one of these be a good thing at the end of a ride especially if you are feeling depleted?
    I brew a pot of coffee and chicory every day. On work days, I take a thermos to work. On weekends, I'll put the thermos in the truck if I'm driving to a starting point. I usually have a couple of cups on the way home after a long ride. If it has been a taxing ride, I'll start with a chocolate milk ASAP after the ride, then I'll go for the coffee. If I'm riding from the abode, I'll hit the thermos when I walk in.

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    Some caffeine = good, mega-dose, not so good.

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    I have tried 5 Hour Energy and Red Bull for that matter. They do give me a boost but IMO it's not worth it when they make me jittery and uncomfortable in my skin. I don't know for sure if there is a connection but I had some arrhythmia issues so I steer clear of all that artificial energy stuff. I'll go for a tankard of coffee before I head out to ride. Once in a while I'll take half a caffeine tablet if I'm really dragging that's it.
    On long rides I use Hammer Gel, Espresso, that has caffeine. That seems to be enough for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
    When I buy something from Competitive Cyclist I get these free 5-Hour Energy cans. I've never used the stuff and am a little suspicious. What I am wondering is would one of these be a good thing at the end of a ride especially if you are feeling depleted?
    I've tried them. All they do for me is give me acid reflux.

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    Have ridden half dozen 200 milers.
    Water worked fine for me; but that was before all the gimmicky energy $tuff!

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    That junk is for kids that can't stand the taste of black coffee, punks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr IGH View Post
    That junk is for kids that can't stand the taste of black coffee, punks!
    That would be me. I've used the energy drinks: Monster, Rock Star, etc; but I can only do one, and it's only good for about 25 miles before the fuel runs out regardless of the stimulants.

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    I tried one about a year ago and will never do that again. I also can't believe what they charge for those little bottles.

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    You don't need that 5 hour energy stuff. Just take a 40mph dog on a leash with you when you ride. You won't be inattentive or tired I guarantee it. (Sorry, I couldn't resist after the beat down I received regarding dogs and bikes)

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    I'm not sure what the difference is between the various energy drinks, but I had an interesting experience about a year ago. A graduate student at the university where I work was doing a research project to measure the effects of Monster energy drink on performance. I volunteered to participate. Once a week for three weeks I would drink a tall glass of some concoction and then ride ten miles on a stationary bike with all sorts of monitoring stuff attached to my body. One week it was a full dose of Monster, one week half and half Monster and Kool-aid, one week only Kool-aid. The volunteers didn't know which was which until after the experiment. The upshot is that my performance, oxygen intake and recovery were all best the time I had the Kool-aid and no Monster drink. And I don't think it's because Kool-aid is such a great performance enhancer!
    On the other hand, I did have a 5-Hour Energy drink one time when I had to drive home from the Dallas airport at 2:00 a.m. It kept me awake the whole way.

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    I've used them ... but pretty much only on long endurance rides, where I wanted to stay awake.

    I think different people may react to them differently. In any case for me, they seemed to be effective in keeping me awake, but not in the way that caffeine does ... kind of hard to describe, actually.

    I would not use them every day, though. And I don't think they even claim to be a good for recovery after physical exercise.

    Give them a try and see what you think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
    I've used them ... but pretty much only on long endurance rides, where I wanted to stay awake.

    I think different people may react to them differently. In any case for me, they seemed to be effective in keeping me awake, but not in the way that caffeine does ... kind of hard to describe, actually.

    I would not use them every day, though. And I don't think they even claim to be a good for recovery after physical exercise.

    Give them a try and see what you think.
    The ones with B-12 will act as a non-jittery long acting stimulant. Or as I do, take a bunch before leaving in the morning.
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    My doctor said to leave them alone, so I've never touched them.
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    Caffeine Limits Blood Flow To Heart Muscle During Exercise
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    A large cup of cold press iced coffee does it for me. No milk, no sugar. I stop in to the local coffee place on my way to weekend morning rides and get my dose.

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