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    I think I'm a fan of iced tea now

    did a nice long ride Saturday (58 m) and wound up drinking iced tea and using in my water bottle for the return trip. I'm thinking the caffeine; sugar and flavor have a lot to offer on the longer rides and I might just use it next time too. anyone else a fan of iced tea (not necessarily with ice)
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    I mix half strength Gatoraid with a teaspoon of instant tea in water bottles. Sometimes I drop in some honey. Keeps me going.
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    Never tried it on a ride, but it sounds like it would be good. I'm not so sure about the bottled stuff, but if you make it yourself with a touch of lemon and easy on the sugar, I imagine it would be refreshing and stimulating. I used to take hot tea with lemon and honey in a Thermos with me on day-long snowshoe trips in the mountains. It was a real pick-me-up, both physically and mentally, around 3:00 pm when fatigue would set in.

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    Good stuff, with one caveat: I'd be wary of the bottled or canned stuff. It might be sweetened with HFCS. Good old fashioned granulated sugar would be better. Honey even better. Local honey bestest.
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    I'm a fan of Vitamin Water. Lightly sweetened but still refreshing, and it has some calories and nutrients for energy.

    Tea could be an issue over long distances and in hot weather due to it's diuretic properties.

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    Caffein is no longer considered to be a diuretic although some people are more sensitive to it's mild effect. Drinking a cup of any fluid will stimulate urine output.
    Tea generally has less caffein than the coffee that I drink too much of - if caffein were a true diuretic, I would have croaked from dehydration or electrolyte imbalance a long time ago.

    Agree that canned/bottled tea has way more sweetener than is necessary.
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    I grew up and still live in Tennessee. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that my mother put it in my bottles. I drink unsweetened with artificial sweetener, because typical restaurant mixture is 1 part sugar and 2 parts tea. Not sure I see it as a drink I would want to drink while riding though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwchandler21 View Post
    I grew up and still live in Tennessee. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that my mother put it in my bottles. I drink unsweetened with artificial sweetener, because typical restaurant mixture is 1 part sugar and 2 parts tea. Not sure I see it as a drink I would want to drink while riding though.
    I usually order iced tea with lunch. On a trip to S.Carolina a few years ago I learned that you have to specify unsweet tea or you'll get something that's more like karo syrup diluted with a little tea!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    ... anyone else a fan of iced tea (not necessarily with ice)
    On my long rides I carry Polar Brand flavored carbonated waters which I find more refreshing than just plain water. This past winter, I have found McDonald's (Mickey D's) iced tea to be a thirst quencher. I really like the sweet tea, which I believe is a particular Southern favorite drink, but when I'm trying to live in a periodic healty lifestyle, the unsweetened version is good. I'll keep sweet tea in mind this summer as an additional beverage for my extended (> 50 mile) rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    I usually order iced tea with lunch. On a trip to S.Carolina a few years ago I learned that you have to specify unsweet tea or you'll get something that's more like karo syrup diluted with a little tea!
    Comedian Ron Brown of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour has done a funny routine about getting irritated by a "ditzy" Southern waitress who kept asking him if he wanted more Sweet Tea.

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    Bottled Nestea Iced Tea in the middle of a long, long ride is very good. It settles the stomach. I've done fairly significant portions of several brevets on iced tea alone while dealing with a bit of an upset stomach.

    And of course, that's good Canadian sweet iced tea. I've cycled in the US, and while you can get the sweet bottled iced tea, in a restaurant you've got to make sure to order sweet iced tea or you'll get a bit of a shock when you take a sip and it's bitter!

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    iced tea runs through my veins. i make it all at home. loose leaf, lightly sweetened with agave syrup.

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    When I rode a 2 week tour last year, I carried extra bottles of iced tea in my trailer. So refreshing after riding down a Maryland highway.

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    I was totally mislead by the title. However about the drink, yeah its great but only when its not sneakily made with awful corn syrup or massive amounts of sugar. Just a tad sweet or honey is best for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    did a nice long ride Saturday (58 m) and wound up drinking iced tea and using in my water bottle for the return trip. I'm thinking the caffeine; sugar and flavor have a lot to offer on the longer rides and I might just use it next time too. anyone else a fan of iced tea (not necessarily with ice)
    Sweet Tea...Table Wine of the South

    Been swilling that stuff for years on longer rides, every small town along the back roads has at least one restaurant that sells Sweet Tea. I usually have to cut the stuff 50/50 with unsweetened tea to make it palatable.

    The best places to get it in NC are the mom and pop diners, then Hardees or McD's. I always ask for sample first because some of them can't make it properly or let it sit too long and it goes rancid.

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