I haven't done many tours/races now, but trying to keep properly hydrated I carry one load of water and one of gatorade/powerade/wahetevrade. However, whenever I drink the sugary stuff my mouth and lips dry out, crack, and bleed. It coats my mouth and is just plain yucky.
However, I don't want to have a problem in the Texas heat with losing all the salt, so what options are there? From what I've seen in the bike catalogs - ad I admit to not having read every description of every product - they all seem to have sugar.
Ideas? (I'm sure this has been done to death, but I didn't find anything in the search - not that great at searching this website for some reason)