Suzanne-DeveneySuzanne Deveney, a lifelong resident of Chicago, rides and photographs the city she loves.  Her unique perspective often brings focus on street art and the beauty of an urban landscape as only can be viewed from a bike.  She embraces all types of cycling, and rides a road bike, a commuter, a vintage
Peugeot, and this year embarked on a new venture, learning to mountain bike.

She writes a popular cycling and photography blog, Protecting My Front Wheel, and is a freelance contributing writer to  She was the organizer of the 2013 Chicago ride for Cyclefemme, a grassroots movement that celebrates women on bikes.  Her cycling adventures have taken her abroad, riding from London to Paris and culminating with a final ride along the famed Champs-Élysées.  A trained designer, Suzanne is an accomplished executive with expertise in creative direction, marketing, communications, brand strategy, and copywriting.


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Sugar Alternatives for Energy and Hydration

Question: I am using the homebrew sugar formulations (sometimes added to green tea).  I am also trying to wean myself off 1/2 dose adrenalean “lip tonic delivery system” (biorhythm brand- caffeine, hoodia g, synephrine, yohimbe) capsule for energy.

My question is other than juice, can you suggest modifications in lieu of table sugar for energy and hydration.


Both raw/organic honey or agave can work great in the homebrew (substitute in the same quantities for the sugar, or to taste), but you do have to shake well in order to make sure they don’t settle out.  Have you tried either of these?  Also, make sure to use at least the minimum amount of salt recommended in the homebrew as the temps rise, you need the sodium replacement if you’re sweating.

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