(or I may be late to the party - maybe this is something that everyone knows)
I have terrible bouts with cramps.
Before a long ride, I make sure I am well hydrated.
I cannot eat bananas for potassium mid rice, as I am allergic to bananas.
I am going to start taking baby food sweet potatoes with me on over 30 mile trips.
Sweet potatoes have a bunch of potassium. The plastic aseptic package for the baby food should keep them good in my rear pack.
I usually carry dates, dried apricots and nuts to eat, coated with no-salt. Some rides that is enough. Some rides, my calves cramp.
I think a good supply of water, including hydrating the day before, the dried fruit and nuts, and BABY FOOD will keep me cramp free.
I do carry the electrolyte/salt tabs, and Gatorade powder for extreme emergencies....however, if I am far enough into cramps to take a salt tab, or all the salt in Gatorade, I am usually in trouble for the rest of the ride.
Silly, or Sound?