I just learned about the energy gels for supplementation during long rides. After some personal research, I bought "e Gel" because they are caffeine free, contain electrolytes and have 150 calories. So far, I am happy with the product but truthfully, I can not compare to other similar ones because I never tried them. I take one before a ride with water and sometimes one during a ride with more water.
I also make my own energy drink for riding from 3 tablespoons honey and about the same apple cider vinegar diluted in 20 oz of water. I don't use other drinks and sometimes might just take along an extra bottle of plain water.
So, with that said, what do you use, how often and why (brand A vrs others)? Do you use your brand out of convenience or ingredients? Any other riding drink secrets?