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    Gatorade or Water?

    So, yes, I googled it but I wasnt convinced with the results so Iam looking for an answer into ''cycling'', I hope you know what I mean. I read that Gatorade has electrolytes and carbs that I need but other persons says that it is good to use both when exercising. So my question is, do I use both or just gatorade?

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    I like to fill one bottle up with each when I am doing a ride in the heat. I do water down the gatorade some, I find it to be way too sweet to actually consume when I am exercising, it will upset my stomach on it's own. For longer rides, a lot of the endurance mixes like cytomax are pretty good.

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    Agreed. Full strength Gatorade seems too concentrated after awhile on a long ride. It can also be handy to have some plain water along for other reasons - like rinsing hands after changing a tire or other maintenance or for wetting down a bandana or headband on a hot day.

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    I'll qualify this by saying 2 1/2 hours is my maximum ride to date. Those who ride longer, farther, faster might do things differentlly.

    If I drink while riding or exercising, I drink water.

    Gatorade (or something similar) I save for AFTER the ride, and it does appear to aid in a quicker recovery for me. I limit myself to one 8 oz glass per day.
    I reserve the right to be wrong at any time. :D

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    I drink Nuun for rides under 2 hours. It's has all the electrolytes of Gatorade without the carbs/sugar. I don't feel like I need any calories until I get beyond 2 hours. Without the electrolytes, however, I get depleted in the summer heat. Nuun comes in a tube of tablets that you just drop into your water bottle and add water. I has a little fizz kind of like alka seltzer but tastes better.

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    Gatorade is too sweet and sticky and gets to my stomach pretty fast, not to mention making my hands all sticky. I use Heed Unflavored (which has a very light citrus flavor) and it doesn't get sweet on me.

    I feel that using Heed takes me farther before I start cramping, dehydrating, etc., without making me sick to my stomach.

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    What about the electrolyte pills? Temp here is always 90F plus, if that matters...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankgt2 View Post
    What about the electrolyte pills? Temp here is always 90F plus, if that matters...

    Some people need them on long hot rides, other don't. I need them for most rides over 4-5 hours, sooner (and more) if it's over 100 degrees. I prefer to seperate my eletrolytes and carbohydrates so I can adjust each as needed- calorie requirements don't go up with higher temps.

    I don't like Gatorade. It's too sweet and HFCS doesn't sit that well with me. I prefer HEED. But that's a personal thing. Try more than one drink.

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