Don't piss off the red guy
At least it does for me. Anyone who rides with me on a regular basis knows that I'm notorious for cramping, especially on 12+ mile rides. I've tried electrolyte supplements, Potassium/magnesium/calcium tablets, and various other products with varying levels of effectiveness. So with that problem I naturally let a friend of mine talked me into doing a century ride with him on his 50th birthday in the Florida Keys. It was planned 2 years ago so I had time to train, build up my stamina, and look for remedies for my cramping issue. I will admit with training I was able to get up to 60 miles of riding before overcome by cramping to a point where it becomes debilitating. After that I tried a product called HOTSHOTS along with previously mentioned supplements and tablets and that really didn't work. Then someone told me about pickle juice. Actual pickle juice you get from a jar of Vlastic. In researching that I found that there's a product called Pickle Juice (pickle power.com). They take actual active ingredients that help suppress cramping to formulate their product and the final product happens to taste just like pickle juice. I tried it first on my trainer and the first ride using that was an 80-mile ride and no cramping. Then the following week I did a 95-mile ride and no cramping using 2 bottles. So last weekend we did the century ride and I packed 5 bottles with me and after the ride (108 miles was the official total mileage) I used up all 5 bottles and it kept my cramping under control. I did feel the onset of cramping but it would go away and I was able to keep riding. This feeling of cramping came and went several times but I never had to stop riding. So for a person who is so susceptible to cramping such as myself I would say this stuff works. It tastes gross but the 1.5 oz bottle are small enough to handle. So if you suffer cramping or are planning on going on an epic ride, stuff a bottle or two of Pickle Juice in your pack.