Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-19-03, 07:31 AM   #1
brad
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Dallas Texas
Bikes:
Posts: 123
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
nutritionals

Howdy folks. Just thought I'd drop a quick note on some new sports drink that is working pretty well for us.

I'm not very picky when it comes to sports drinks. What ever is on sale would be my favorite for the day. However, my wife/stoker has a hard time digesting most sports drinks. No matter how strong or weak we'd mix it, it just sits in her tummy, leaving her bloated and dehydrated by the end of the ride. So, she's always just used water and Hammer gel as that's all she could handle.

We stumbled across a sports drink called "Hammer Gel's Sustained Energy". It comes in powder form with enough to mix 8 servings. It costs around 20 bucks, a bit pricey. It's well worth it though as this is the first sports drink that I can truely tell makes a difference, a big difference. So if that's out of your price range just use it for special events like races, or tours. We've started using it on all club rides, tours or when we do a rally, anytime we know we're going to be going for extended periods at a higher pace than comfortable cruising. According to the serving suggestions it's recomended for training or competition of more than 90 min.


You can even add it to your regular sports drink, both at regular strenth. The taste is kind of "cream of wheat" like. So I mix mine with what ever I might have to give it some flavor. My wife just uses it straight as she doesnt mind the slight grit and flavor at all.

Bottom line is if you use it once, you'll want to use it on at least all your hard rides.

Last edited by brad; 06-19-03 at 07:53 AM.
brad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-03, 09:37 AM   #2
Guest
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)


20 bucks! Man, I'll stick with the gatorade. If it ever goes on sale, let me know, I'll pick up some of it and give it a try.

Thanks for the tip, though.

Koffee
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-03, 10:26 AM   #3
brad
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Dallas Texas
Bikes:
Posts: 123
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yes, it is steep. That's why we only use it (we're a tandem team) when we do 100k's and up at a fast pace. It's too expensive to use as an everyday/everyride thing.

Like all nutritionals you should try it out b/4 using it during compitition but, if you use it just as a compitition supplement it's not too expensive.

( we only ride tours/far and fast/rallies 2-3 times a month so, I dont mind spending 20.00 every other month on it).
brad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-03, 11:38 AM   #4
lotek
Forum Admin
 
lotek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: n.w. superdrome
Bikes: 1 trek, serotta, rih, de Reus, Pogliaghi and finally a Zieleman! and got a DeRosa
Posts: 17,702
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
the thing about the sustained energy drink is its more for
rides like a century, where you need slow sustained energy,
not quick bursts like a crit etc.
I'm very impressed with the hammer product. I especially
like the endurolyte caps.
A friend had horrible cramping problems, wrote to hammer
got put on a plan using the endurocaps (or whatever they're
called), and last year rode HHH without problems.

My thought on the price, its not an electrolye replacement
like gatorade, powerade, accelerade etc. Its more like
a drinkable, long lasting Gu (or name your favourite gel).
If you think about it in those terms its alot less expensive than
20 bucks for 8 servings.

Marty
__________________
Sono pił lento di quel che sembra.
Odio la gente, tutti.


Want to upgrade your membership? Click Here.
lotek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-03, 12:09 PM   #5
captsven
Spawn of Satan
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Bikes:
Posts: 764
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I went to the web site to try and find the ingredient list. I did not find it but they have a "technical section". This stated it contains maltodextrin in three different DE forms.

If you look at the ingredients on any product like GU, the main ingredient is maltodextrin.

My point is you can buy maltodextrin at a health food store and make your own power gels. You can save ALOT of money get very similar results.
captsven is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:09 PM.