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    How much before you have to do something special

    I have been riding 20-25 miles at a shot lately. I live in Las Vegas so have some concerns with riding in the heat and am curious how people feel about electrolyte additives? I try to keep moving when I ride and it usually takes me 2-3 hours. I do not do anything special day before or morning of. I drink lots of water that"s about it have a normal dinner and breakfast. I will have a cliff bar while riding. I have not had any trouble with cramping or bonking. I guess I am wondering should I be doing anything how far do you need to ride before I have to? I am a hobbyist cyclist not training for a race just out because I like to ride. I hear about all these drinks and pills but kind of think they are snake oil. I am sure at a level beyond mine with an athlete running on the edge they work but what about the normal guy?

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    Sparta,

    I live Goodyear, AZ and have a similar climate. I usually ride as early as I can to avoid the heat but sometimes have to ride in the heat of the day. I stick to trusty water only in my camelbak and will occasionally put Gatorade in a bottle. I typically load up on pasta and bread the night before my rides because I have issues with my stomach and eating before a ride that does not turn out well. I have a GU gel when I am riding to the trail and another one at about 10miles and then finish out with a couple of pb&jís and chocolate milk at the end of my ride:-). Let me know if you try out any electrolytes and how they work. I have been thinking about trying them but avoiding it because of the whole cleaning my camlebak after words.

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    I have tried electrolytes but drink it on the way to and the way home so I do not have to clean my pack. I only put water in my pack. I am not sure if I notice a difference in how aI feel but am waiting for it to get warmer to really for an opionon.

    I guess that is my question does someone such a myself need supplements? Or am I not pushing hard enough or long enough for them to make a difference? I have read both sides of the story and it seems like it can go either way and I wold guess if it makes you feel better or you think it works then what is the harm.

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    If you sweat a lot you need them. If not then you don't. Pretty simple.

    If you're only riding a couple hours at a time, unless you are dripping buckets, you probably don't need anything. I sweat pretty heavily so if I know I'm riding up to or more than 2 hours, I'll take something.

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    Well I sweat a lot at least to me so I guess I will look into using them more. Lately I have been riding 2-3 hours and it is only getting warmer here in the desert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spartacuslv View Post
    I have been riding 20-25 miles at a shot lately. I live in Las Vegas so have some concerns with riding in the heat and am curious how people feel about electrolyte additives? I try to keep moving when I ride and it usually takes me 2-3 hours. I do not do anything special day before or morning of. I drink lots of water that"s about it have a normal dinner and breakfast. I will have a cliff bar while riding. I have not had any trouble with cramping or bonking. I guess I am wondering should I be doing anything how far do you need to ride before I have to? I am a hobbyist cyclist not training for a race just out because I like to ride. I hear about all these drinks and pills but kind of think they are snake oil. I am sure at a level beyond mine with an athlete running on the edge they work but what about the normal guy?
    What's up my Vegas neighbor. I too live in Vegas by Red Rock and too ride in the heat That being said I never drink anything but water but do take honey Stinger products with me on longer rides.

    I just rode from Red Rock Casino to the cowboy trail; did kibbles and bits and then rode back for a total of just over 19 miles. I did this on Monday and the sun was intense; almost unbearable.

    Be careful in the heat and always take more water than you think you need in the desert; it can be very dangerous.

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    Well put Numbster. I like your train of thought almost as if to say just hit the easy button. Ill be trying out the GU brew in the next few rides and will report out if it helps at all.

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    great stuff thanks

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    I have never seen anyone who didn't perform better when drinking a sports drink versus plain water. There are likely numerous reasons why...one ofcourse is you don't sweat plain water so why try to replace it with plain water...another is just the taste/feeling of drinking something good with a few calories in it. The taste will keep you motivated and the calories will help you with energy.

    I'll take just water if I'm just out on a short ride and I know I've eaten plenty of salt recently, but if I'm doing any sort of longer or harder ride I'm definitely taking a sports drink (I prefer Skratch Labs stuff).

    Good Luck...

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