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Old 07-15-09, 05:21 PM   #1
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Is Red Bull good for cycling and my body?

So I pretty much have access to an unlimited supply of Red Bull energy drinks. Should I drink them? Are they good for cycling and my body? If so when should I drink them and how much? How does Red Bull compare to Gatorade and Gels?
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Old 07-15-09, 09:53 PM   #2
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It has a bunch of caffeine in it. There's a long tradition of caffeine use in cycling, but there may be more there than you want.

The rest is sugar, which is okay, but the drink itself is likely to be sweeter than you want. I'd be careful with the other ingredients, since it's easy to get too much of supplements.

So I wouldn't use it.
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If you would like to have a stroke on the side of the road, then yes, by all means, drink up. However, if you would like to live to ride again, try a glass or water or gatorade. Taking something to increase your heart rate while doing a sport that is, in itself, extremely tasking on the heart cannot possibly have a good outcome. Gatorade is just water with some coloring, flavor, electrolytes, and salt. Red Bull is quite a bit more.
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I don't understand the current trend of all these energy drinks. People didn't need them back in the day to have energy...they simply worked out.

I'm also waiting for science to figure out just how bad they are for you. Remember Phen-Fen? People thought it was great...until they found out that it destroyed their heart valves.
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I dont think you need to wait. camhabib clearly said that drinking them causes stroke, and death.

But apparently gatorade has a side effect of increasing your tendency to be melodramatic. So you gotta watch out either way.
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I would never drink one during a ride. However, lately I've seen more and more people drinking one right before stepping up to the line of a race.
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Nasty. I don't know how anyone can tolerate the taste.

Though I have heard it's not bad with vodka.
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The major ingredients seem to be caffiene and sugar. It has no electrolytes. So it would be similar to drinking sweet iced coffee out of your water bottle. If you ride enough to burn off the sugar, it would probably be harmless. But that depends on how you handle caffiene. I have a friend whose version of a sports drink is Mountain Dew which I suppose is pretty similar.
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I don't understand the current trend of all these energy drinks. People didn't need them back in the day to have energy...they simply worked out.

I'm also waiting for science to figure out just how bad they are for you. Remember Phen-Fen? People thought it was great...until they found out that it destroyed their heart valves.
most people are overweight and can't summon the strength/energy to walk up a flight of stairs or
get up to answer the phone- they need the extra "juice"
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2 cages on your bike,

one water, one gatorade

and a granola bar in your jersey


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Old 07-16-09, 03:57 PM   #11
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Naw, it's good for you. Two of the 4 food groups: caffeine, sugar, beer, chocolate. I don't think the taurine does much of anything, but that's a lot of caffeine. I wouldn't drink more than one/day. If you drink one right at the start of your ride, you should be good for 4 hours or so. You also should start eating soon after you start riding, or you'll have a sugar crash.

Red Bull has nothing to do with gels or electrolytes. You'll still need those. The RB is just to hype you up. The jury is still out on whether caffeine is good for you or not. Probably about neutral. Does some good, maybe some bad. Mostly it spares glycogen, so you can go harder for longer without bonking. Not everyone tolerates caffeine well. Too much makes some people cramp. You'll have to experiment.
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NEver even tried Red Bull, it always makes me think of Chapelle's parody, Red Balls:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75EtXayQiXM
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no and no
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I dont think you need to wait. camhabib clearly said that drinking them causes stroke, and death.

But apparently gatorade has a side effect of increasing your tendency to be melodramatic. So you gotta watch out either way.

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So I pretty much have access to an unlimited supply of Red Bull energy drinks. Should I drink them? Are they good for cycling and my body? If so when should I drink them and how much? How does Red Bull compare to Gatorade and Gels?
Ask Capt. Phil Harris of the F/V Cornelia Marie. Juiced up on Cigarettes and Red Bull he had a blood clot travel from his leg through his heart and into his lungs. The Red Bull may have been a contributing factor.
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I wouldn't drink that stuff if they paid me to do it.
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The major issue for me isn't the caffeine, it's all the other processed crap. If you want to drink one, do it when you get home and need a little pick me up, I wouldn't use it for riding though. Here's a fun anecdote to explain what I mean by processed crap (and I know, it's not red bull, but most of these energy drinks share the majority of their ingredients). When I used to work at Budweiser, I worked in the repackaging room in the morning. We would take a case that fell off of a truck or whatever and broke a few cans or bottles, clean all the bottles/cans off, replace the broken ones, and repackage it all in a new case. At the time, we also carried the full line of Monster energy drinks. The Monster Assault (red label, urban camo can) would come into the repack room all the time. They would bring in a whole case, and there wasn't any liquid in any of the 16 cans! Here's the fun part. The cardboard box and shrink wrap were still intact. It was like the Monster just pulled some Houdini crap. Then we looked at the bottom. It ate straight through the cans, the cardboard, and, when we looked at where we kept it in the warehouse, the concrete sealant.

Even though it didn't happen to every case, and seemed kind of sporadic, I can't count how many cases like that I saw in my two summers there. I dunno about you, but I am not putting that in my body.
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What were you, the runner up on a game show or something?
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Ask Capt. Phil Harris of the F/V Cornelia Marie. Juiced up on Cigarettes and Red Bull he had a blood clot travel from his leg through his heart and into his lungs. The Red Bull may have been a contributing factor.
There's your evidence right there. Irrefutable.

That one guy had a blood clot in a time period that was very close to the time which he consumed a red bull. He was a smoker, sure, but I think it was the Taurine.
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The major issue for me isn't the caffeine, it's all the other processed crap. If you want to drink one, do it when you get home and need a little pick me up, I wouldn't use it for riding though. Here's a fun anecdote to explain what I mean by processed crap (and I know, it's not red bull, but most of these energy drinks share the majority of their ingredients). When I used to work at Budweiser, I worked in the repackaging room in the morning. We would take a case that fell off of a truck or whatever and broke a few cans or bottles, clean all the bottles/cans off, replace the broken ones, and repackage it all in a new case. At the time, we also carried the full line of Monster energy drinks. The Monster Assault (red label, urban camo can) would come into the repack room all the time. They would bring in a whole case, and there wasn't any liquid in any of the 16 cans! Here's the fun part. The cardboard box and shrink wrap were still intact. It was like the Monster just pulled some Houdini crap. Then we looked at the bottom. It ate straight through the cans, the cardboard, and, when we looked at where we kept it in the warehouse, the concrete sealant.

Even though it didn't happen to every case, and seemed kind of sporadic, I can't count how many cases like that I saw in my two summers there. I dunno about you, but I am not putting that in my body.
Monster thermite! Brutal.
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There's your evidence right there. Irrefutable.

That one guy had a blood clot in a time period that was very close to the time which he consumed a red bull. He was a smoker, sure, but I think it was the Taurine.

+1

It couldn't possibly be the smoking, or the fact that he sits on his butt for a living. I know a little about those 18-24 hour work days strung together, and you have to do something to stay alert, but that doesn't mean it's good for the body. He had more cards stacked against him than just about anyone I know.

Personally, I can't stand the taste, and I even water down my Gatorade or it makes me sluggish.
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most people are overweight and can't summon the strength/energy to walk up a flight of stairs or
get up to answer the phone- they need the extra "juice"
+1 Right up there with the South Beach Diet and the latest weight loss pill.
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I was really tired one afternoon after work and put some red bull in my water bottle, even mixed it with some water so it wouldn't be as powerful. Big mistake, I had to stop and rest halfway home because I felt like I was going to have a heart attack.
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Not a big fan of it, but occassionally have put a can of red bull in with a Gatorade at a refuel stop on a +60 mile trip. Don't make a habit of it, but needed a caffeine shot.
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red bull
1) carbonated water bad
2) too much sugar not that bad
3)too much caffeine not good
you decide
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