2FLBIKERS: If you don't like Gatorade/Powerade but like Orange Juice, then try this homebrew FRD (Fluid Replacement Drink) courtesy of my triathlon club:
250ml OJ (1 cup, no pulp, see considerations below) 500ml water (2 cups) 2 tsp sugar (32 cal/32g carb) 1/8 tsp salt (290mg sodium (1 tsp = 2325 sodium))
Pour OJ into bottle. In a separate glass, dissolve salt and sugar in a small amount of hot water then add to bottle. Top up with cold water.
An advantage of this drink is your ability to fine tune the amount of carb (sugar) and sodium (salt) according to your taste and digestive system. For OJ, maybe consider "Low acid" to helps GI function, or high calcium to improve nutrient balance.
EDITED to add: Nutrition Info (750ml serving): Cals: 122 Carb: 52g Protein: 2g Sodium: 290mg Potassium: 400mg Calcium: 16mg Magnesium: 24mg Vit C: 90% RDA
Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 6/15/2009 (12:47)
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You mentioned coca nut water, I just read an article about it, it has a lot in it than I knew, these are the nutritional facts, I don't know about the taste for you, but I thought you might be interested in it.
For starters, it contains a variety of nutrients including vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids and enzymes. Itís a good source of the major minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Itís off-the-charts rich in potassium, which is considered an essential nutrient. An 8-ounce cup of coconut water has more potassium than a banana! It also contains a variety of trace elements such as zinc, selenium, iodine, sulfur, manganese, and boron. You want more? Coconut water has no cholesterol, is 100% fat free, and is low in calories!
Nothing tastes or feels as good as being fit and slim feel!
This sounds crazy, but pickle juice is also a water alternative option. It's a very natural way to replace lost electrolytes. You need to make sure that it's organic, however, as conventional has high fructose corn syrup.
I've personally never used pickle juice, but have been with other riders who have.
It's good, cheap and natural!
Hope that helps, 1happyhousewife
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I have found water to be the best for me. I don't like sweet drinks at anytime, especially when I am hot. I used to take energy jelly beans (but can't eat them with braces)but now I take fig newtons, or some peanut butter crackers to eat. I just can't stand the gels but I can usually make about 30 miles without eating anything (if I eat when I get back) but especially in the summer I take something just in case. I have tried vitamin waters, but they taste better very cold, and that just isn't possible on the bike.
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I ride in hot & sunny FL. My short rides are about 30 - 35 miles, with longer loops at 50 to 75 miles. I eat mostly vegan and dabble in raw foods. I really try to avoid processed foods. As a result, I'm losing my taste for such things, including Gatorade & Powerade. I use the powder & mix my own very weak, but have started riding with one bottle mixed drink and one water with lemon juice. I'm finding mixed drinks too sweet for bike rides, so having water helps.
Does anyone have a recommendation for a drink that is more natural, with all the "good" stuff you need on a ride? I've heard some people ride drinking water mixed with coconut water.
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