- Taking back lost ‘salts’ on bike rides? – but not with fancy powders/bars/drinks
As per title
Without having to go to a bike shop/shop online on a semi-regular basis, have to think about stocking up, having to stomach them or just generally having to ‘get into’ using any of the cycling energy powders/tablets/bars etc ..
Maybe I could deal with an electrolyte drink, but they’re so expensive!
Hows a ‘balanced cycling diet – ie energy and salt intake done without the use of any of the fancy stuff? Not for racing, just for long rides and whatnot.
I think I suffer from losing salts and whatnot on longer rides which ends up with a much greater thirst that never seems quenched (usually after having sweated lots).Posted 9 years ago
Bananas, biscuits, sandwiches (Some marmite – thats salty?), jelly type sweets, chocolate, sometime lucozade sport and so on tends to make up what I ususally end up eating on bike ridesjamesMember
Whenever I’ve put anything other than water into a camelbak it goes mouldy quite quickly (after rinsing/cleaning). Do I really want to be pouting sugar/fruit juices in it? I think I’ll be giving it a try though
“Have you tried sucking the little pads inside your helmet?Posted 9 years ago
If so, what do they taste like?”
I’m not sure as to the levels of urea in sweat, so not overly keen on licking the sweat backglenhSubscriber
Slightly more serious answer:
You don’t just need sodium (normal) salt. Potassium, and magnesium salts are also important among others.
Bananas are a good source of potassium salts, plus a good carb source.
I know you said you didn’t want to have to deal with fancy things, but these are supposed to be good and are very easy (just pop em in your camelback/bottle when filling it with water) and don’t gunk anything up:Posted 9 years agomeeeeeMember
i find this stuff is good and easy to use (just add the right number of drops / capfuls to your camelbak). Works out quite cheap if you get a big bottle, sometimes on offer at CRC. Does make the water taste v.v.slightly salty…but apparently this depends on the initial composition of your local water so might be worht trying the small pocket bottle first. Anyway hardly any noticeable taste here in the lakes, and TBH i dont mind a v. slight salty taste.Posted 9 years agomolgripsSubscriber
You shouldn’t need salt unless it’s really a long very hot hard ride. Then I use Torq flavoured drink which has electrolytes in it – but don’t mix it full strength, it’s too strong.
Any electrolyte tablets would be good – but drinking carbs when riding makes a huge difference, much more so than the salts.Posted 9 years agoMartinGTMember
Are you talking about losing salts and feeling pants after riding in the UK at this time of year? If you are I suspect youre wearing way too many layers, you shouldnt be feeling like that with the temps we have now, more like in the awrmer months?
Are you eating / drinking sufficently pre ride and during the ride?Posted 9 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Isn’t this a bit precious ? Can’t we just eat ordinary food ? Our bodies evolved to work without significant nutritional knowledge, and did so for millions of years prior to faddism
We evolved to die in our mid 40s, wanna do that too? 🙂
What we evolved to do isn’t important. Cavemen didn’t go on 5 hour bike rides for no reason other than enjoyment. They’d have thought you were insane if you’d suggested it.
Fact is, you can only keep so much energy in carb form in your body, so supplementing it allows you to ride longer and harder. Eating sandwiches works, but drinking carbs works better and is easier. So you take your pick and I’ll take mine 🙂 First time I ever took carbs on a ride it was brilliant, I felt absolutely top and was full of energy for hours. Had a great ride. Others may enjoy a similar experience.Posted 9 years ago
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