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Old 06-04-24, 06:45 PM
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Water VS just about any other liquid

For a few years now Iíve always loaded my bottles with some sort of energy fizz sort of thing believing it was an advantage over plain water.
the wife said she was tired of the too-sweet flavor and loaded one of her bottles with water so I tried it as well.
I have to say I rather like the change, of course too early to make any kind of judgement call but I certainly did not see a disadvantage. If nothing else will save money.
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Water is good. Only add things as needed, based on distance, heat, level of effort.

Even water isn't needed so much, for a short ride of moderate effort. The mouth can feel dry from respiration, but that doesn't impact performance, just comfort.
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Plain water is really best best, IME, up to maybe 1.5-2 hours. After that, one needs to ingest some fuel, either solid or liquid. My wife prefers to put a bottle of diluted Ensure or a knock-off in a bottle for longer rides, along with a bottle of plain water. Everyone has their preferences. Plain water is certainly the best for our teeth. Many years ago, I used a carb drink on every ride and I rode a lot. Then I had about $20k worth of work done on my teeth. That didn't work out very well at all.
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Never tried any of the technical drinks. Strictly water for me for all rides, including riding up to 5 hours in high humidity and temps up to the mid-90's.

Though for those rides of up to 5 hours, I often stop after 3 hours or so to drink a Pepsi or Coke. Then I'm good for the rest of the ride.

And some food, of course, for the longest rides. Fig bars or candy bars.
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Water is fine depending on how hard and how long you ride. On those drinks that taste too sickly sweet, just dilute them with 60/40 or 50/40 water and whatever the sweet stuff is and it'll be more palatable on the bike when riding somewhat hard and find you need the extra carbohydrates.
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Anything under 3+/- hours, regardless of the conditions or planned intensity - water.

3+ hours - I will have a bottle with 50/50 water/Gatorade mix and a bottle of all water. Any my typical ratio is 2 water bottles to 1 mixed bottle.

Cramps are not typically an issue for me, and I ride on limited carbs - 20-30 per hour max, and only on rides longer than a few hours.
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Like the others, I don't bother with any kind of sports drink for any ride of <2 hours, and only for rides > 2 hours when it's short sleeves weather. I do always have a bottle on the bike, though. It's just most often plain water.
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The only thing I'll mix into my water, are the SIS electrolyte tabs...even then, it's for long, hot days with lots of climbing. I don't even mix both bottles, usually just 1 bottle and I'll carry extra tabs if I plan on consuming more than the 2-3 bottles I usually carry. I prefer to get my fuel from gels(and the occasional soda if there's civilization on that particular route,) I never did like drink mixes for fueling.
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On longer rides I’ll get a cola from a machine or convenience store (which are all over Japan). The sugar and caffeine give me enough of a kick to keep up my energy. On shorter rides and at home I stick to water.
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conditions matter: how hard, how far, how hot, how humid.
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Old 06-13-24, 01:27 PM
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I prefer plain water, straight out of our well (a pure underground stream).

Sometimes for really hot/long rides, I will put 1/2 does electrolyte in the bottles, but I really can't claim to tell any difference. It is nice for covering up the taste of nasty city tap water, however.

In general, I don't want anything in my water bottles that might encourage mold or bacterial growth.
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