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Quick rest break at convenience store. What's your beverage of choice?

Old 03-17-13, 03:06 AM
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Quick rest break at convenience store. What's your beverage of choice?

What the title says. I usually drink a gatorade during my quick halfway rest stop. Looking for recommendations.
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Old 03-17-13, 08:12 AM
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Nothing fancy. When my two bottles are empty, I usually buy a bottle of Gatorade/Powerade and a bottle of water. Mix ~2:1 in bottle(s) and drink the rest. On occasion, a regular Coke, Pepsi or can/bottle of ice tea can hit the spot.
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Old 03-17-13, 01:26 PM
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If I'm stopping at a CS it's for either water or a coke.
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Just water.
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Old 03-17-13, 02:53 PM
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Wow i'm a bit surprised at the soft drink answers. Is it for the carbs/calories?
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Old 03-17-13, 03:00 PM
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Coke has sugar, water, and caffeine. It also tastes delicious. I am surprised that you are surprised.
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Old 03-17-13, 03:49 PM
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I was just a bit surprised Are there better alternatives that you folks would recommend? I used to drink too much soda beverages and would prefer to just stay away.
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Old 03-17-13, 04:23 PM
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On my last ride, the cherry-lime frozen sugar-free slurpee was tempting. I got a lime G2 instead. I like the taste and it was refreshing, but didn't ride well and caused some gut cramping. That happens every time I do a hard ride.

I used to buy mid-ride diet cokes - the caffeine helped and I like the taste. I've been trying to cut back on diet coke in particular and non-nutritive sweeteners in general. Sugar-based carbonated drinks taste too syrupy.

Usually I just get ice and water, and bring enough hammer gel, power bars and electrolytes for the entire ride.
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Old 03-17-13, 04:56 PM
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Coke. This is the only time I find it appealing.
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Old 03-17-13, 05:05 PM
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Sitting here thinking about it I say a cola but in practice it's always been water. When I'm thirsty enough to stop the sweet drinks just don't appeal.
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If you need energy and want to Feel it in your legs get a canned Coke or Pepsi for the sugar and caffeine.
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Originally Posted by anonymoususer View Post
Wow i'm a bit surprised at the soft drink answers. Is it for the carbs/calories?
Refined sugar, the most addicted to substance on the planet, why not?
yer 70% water, replenish it...
Fill up on fruit.
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Its so addictive a long ride is the only time I enjoy it. The rest of the ride is spent drinking water.
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I get chocolate milk . . I also put sea salt with my water bottles
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a bottle of vodka but only if they also have those bags of small chocolate donuts, a package of bologna to wrap them in and some ranch dressing to dip that into.....if not that then just water.
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Coke
Ice tea
Orange juice

Sometimes coffee or hot tea, with sugar, if it is a cold day.

Whatever strikes my fancy.


I just carry water on the bicycle, so I want something with sugar and flavour when I stop for a break.
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
... When I'm thirsty enough to stop the sweet drinks just don't appeal.
I don't stop because I'm thirsty. I stop to refill empty bottles which occurs before I'm thirsty.
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Old 03-18-13, 08:28 AM
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I use a water bladder and have never run out of water. If I'm stopping, I'm stopping for calories. I like orange juice, but gaterade works pretty well for me.
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It's the Real Thing (tm).



Of course, it would be even more popular in the peleton if they went back to the original recipe.
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Water. Usually with ice from the soda fountain.
V8. (Good for salt)
Orange juice.
Root beer. (Yum)
Coke.

In about that order.
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Originally Posted by clemsongirl View Post
a bottle of vodka but only if they also have those bags of small chocolate donuts, a package of bologna to wrap them in and some ranch dressing to dip that into.....if not that then just water.
+1000.
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Gatorade/powerade (if I have a lot of miles left)
Chocolate milk (if I'm just running low on carbs)
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Coffee if anything. I used to down a 20 oz. coke, but found that didn't help particularly, since I already had plenty of calories. I don't use an electrolyte beverage on rides long enough to bother stopping. I take Endurolytes, instead.

Many riders on brevets and other will drink a quart of chocolate milk. That's a great idea if you're not lactose intolerant. Since one is rather obliged to purchase something when getting one's card signed, I usually get a fruit pie or a sandwich, since I am LI. If it's not a control, I don't stop unless it's a social ride, in which case, coffee.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Coke has sugar, water, and caffeine. It also tastes delicious. I am surprised that you are surprised.
Also has phosphoric acid (aka phosphate) which wreaks havoc with blood calcium and magnesium levels and contributes to muscle cramps. A 12 oz can or 16 oz bottle once in a while won't hurt, but drink a few 24 oz'ers on a long ride and you may wish you hadn't.

I prefer green tea or fruit juice, and of course refill the water bottles. I'll also grab a small pack of almonds or a granola bar if I'm looking for more calories. Oatmeal raisin cookies work too.

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