Many people love caffeine, not only cyclists but a large percentage of the population.
Most people can't get up in the morning without their daily fix of coffee or tea.
Caffeine is a mild stimulant which can have several benefits, and many of these effects work well if you are planning on cycling.
Over the course of this article, we will discuss some of the benefits of drinking caffeine as a cyclist.
You would be surprised to learn that they extend beyond the typical effects that most people are accustomed to when drinking caffeine. Keep reading to find out how caffeine can positively affect your cycling experience.
The most obvious benefit that caffeine offers to cyclists is a boost in energy. As we all know, caffeine is a mild stimulant which affects both energy and alertness. This is excellent if you are trying to stay on the ball in the middle of traffic.
Cycling, while you are groggy or tired, is a recipe for disaster. If you are planning on going for a bike ride, try brewing a cup of coffee beforehand.
Even if you aren't tired, the energy boost that you will get from caffeine will be an excellent way to ensure that you have the right reserves of energy to go on an extra long bike ride.
You have to make sure that you don't drink too much coffee, however, otherwise, you will have to deal with a full bladder while biking which is a very unpleasant experience.
Coffee is not the only way to get your caffeine fix. You also have the option of tea. Certain teas can contain up to twice the caffeine content of a cup of coffee, so it can help for you to have a cup of tea which will give you twice as much energy.
While some can argue that they may not need the increased energy before a ride, caffeine is also a good backup option in case you are unusually tired before going on your morning bike ride. Think of it as a backup option to ensure that your bike ride goes smoothly.
If you end up drinking too much coffee or tea, you may end up dehydrated because coffee is a mild diuretic.
Since you lose water when imbibing diuretics, you must keep your caffeine intake to a reasonable amount or bring along extra water with you on your bike ride.
While this may not be a deal breaker, it is still important to take care when you drink caffeine before a ride.
Caffeine can have several positive effects on your riding experience, but it can also result in negatives. It is important to balance your caffeine intake with your needs when it comes to riding your bike.
This post was last updated on January 15th, 2018 at 11:00 am
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