Beta-Alanine for biking?

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  1. jfall

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    I mountain bike frequently, I think my biggest downfall is that my quads get weak/gassed especially on tough uphill climbs. I have never taken Beta-Alanine before but after some research it seems like it may help me bike harder. Would this be a good choice or should I look at other supplements instead? Where is the best place to get BA? TheAfStore.com?
     
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    I've used it before for road cycling. Train your legs and core more and climbs will be easier. There is no magic pill/powder to make climbing suck less.
     
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    Yeah, I understand that I need to train more. I'm not looking for magic, but I thought it may give me an advantage.
     
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    it will be more of a placebo effect if anything.
     
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    Really every study that I've read involving beta alanine involved cycling. It basically improves the ability of your body to buffer reduced PH and that is really it.

    I suggest just eating some baking soda and shitting your brains out, but you'll be buffering acid really well. I'm not kidding it's been done.
     
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    Try cordygen supplements.
     
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    sounds interesting, will do some more research on it
     
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    What BA and most supplements will do is not make you faster in a race but rather allow you to train slightly longer/harder which over time improves your race time. The fractional improvement only really matters when you compound it over lots of training time.
     
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    the thing I noticed with BA is it wore off pretty fast... especially when I was sweating a lot like doing any leg work... the more I would sweat the faster it stopped working.
     
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