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Old 03-15-07, 11:46 PM   #1
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Hammer Gell Flask

So gels are kind of expensive when buying them in packets. Hammer sells bottles for 18 bucks that have about 26 servings, and flasks that hold 5oz (about 5 servings?). Anyone used those flasks in a race or during training? How convenient are they to use, specially if they are not full. Also how do you carry them, attached to a bike, jersey pocket?

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A guy in one of my races last year was kind enough to share some of his gel with me, and he handed me the little thingie you're talking about. Its pretty nifty. Easy to squeeze, look like they fit well into a jersey pocket. Seems more convenient than having gel packets, since you don't have to rip anything open and you can better moderate your consumption.
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I have a hammergel flask with velcro on one side that I attach to a holder on the top tube of my bike, where a bento box would normally go. That is super convenient because you can grab it easily and it won't leak and make a mess in a jersey pocket.
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I have one I keep in my back pocket and it works great. I got rid of the clear plastic cap that comes with it, and use it as I would a water bottle during a race. Pull it out of the pocket, pull open the spigot with my teeth, take a squeeze, push the spigot back in (or leave open), and stuff back in pocket. Takes about 10 seconds total. And if you get a bit of gel on/in your jersey, so what... you're going to wash it anyway after a race.
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So gels are kind of expensive when buying them in packets. Hammer sells bottles for 18 bucks that have about 26 servings, and flasks that hold 5oz (about 5 servings?). Anyone used those flasks in a race or during training? How convenient are they to use, specially if they are not full. Also how do you carry them, attached to a bike, jersey pocket?

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Yes I use one in every race over an hour. It's much more economical to buy the large bottles of HAMMER gel and use the flask. I also use a concoction of HAMMER gel and Enervit cheer pack and the flask is perfect for that.
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In races I carry it in my back pocket. During training, I have on of the top tube holders. Either way is pretty easy.
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Swallow one of the little aluminum foil pieces that comes off from the packets and all you'll use is a flask from then on.
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I only use the flask for longer rides. For most of my riding/racing, i.e. less than 2 hours, I'll use the packets. The flask is great but can be a pain to clean.

Also, has anyone else noticed a slightly different taste from the bottle vs. the packets? The packet version seems more tart. I like it and all, just curious if I'm the only crazy one.
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I only use the flask for longer rides. For most of my riding/racing, i.e. less than 2 hours, I'll use the packets. The flask is great but can be a pain to clean.

Also, has anyone else noticed a slightly different taste from the bottle vs. the packets? The packet version seems more tart. I like it and all, just curious if I'm the only crazy one.
If you are using a pinarello in crits, then yes, you are crazy.

(I have a gorgeous CF ride, but I won't throw it to the wolves in a crit)
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If you are using a pinarello in crits, then yes, you are crazy.
It takes a crazy, crazy person to take a piece of equipment and use it for its intended purpose.
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The flask will be in full effect for my first road race this weekend.
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I use the flask for training, road racing, and mountain bike racing. It is much easier and quicker to use than the individual servings. I just wish that ClifShots didn't quit making the large container for their gels. I prefer their shots over the hammer gels but oh well.
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The flask will be in full effect for my first road race this weekend.
+1 only my first race this year is on the 31st.
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Thanks for posting everyone, and keeping it mostly on topic.
I ordered two bottles of Raspberry Hammer gel and a flask. Should last me for at least couple month.
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The flasks are the way to go. I usually mix mine half and half with water so they flow a bit easier. It also helps cut down the pasties after mowin back a couple of mouthfulls. Less sticky garbage to haul around too.
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Thanks for posting everyone, and keeping it mostly on topic.
I ordered two bottles of Raspberry Hammer gel and a flask. Should last me for at least couple month.
Next time order some vanilla as well. I don't really like the raspberry or the vanilla by themselves, but mixed together they aren't to bad.
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The vanilla tastes terrible. Like some sort of bad chemicals. The raspberry rocks. You now have two completely opposite answers to the question go 'how does the vanilla taste"
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I'm addicted to the Espresso Hammer Gel I use the flask on long rides and races. It easier than dicking around with wrappers, when you're going all out. The only downside is that it's hard to get that last serving out of the bottom, so I ususally start with it full, even if I don't plan on needing that much.
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i think i need to get one of these before i go to AZ
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Advantages of flask:
+Can buy in bulk = More $ in pocket
+Less garbage for Mother
+Way easier to consume on bike
+Insanely easier to regulate amount wanted to consume

Disadvantages:
+Buying in bulk can get you stuck with a flavor you no longer like
+Weight *cough* *cough*
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What about the goo sticking to the inside of the flask?

I've only tried GU packets, but they're so thick that i have to work hard to squeeze out the last 20% or so. I imagine that if the stuff were in a 5 serving flask, you'd get about 3 servings in your mouth and 2 stuck to the insides of the container.

Someone with experience tell me i'm wrong.

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i think i need to get one of these before i go to AZ
Capitol Hill has 'em.
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i buy the espresso flavor three bottles at a time.

on the bike, three fingers of gel, two scoops of perpetuem and water and nurse the bottle.
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