Training & Nutrition - Cliff Bars
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04-11-11, 06:33 AM
Who uses these and do they work? I use the cliff gel shots myself but thought about trying there too
04-11-11, 09:58 AM
Yes, they're very good. I used to eat about 1/hr., usually eaten in bits throughout the hour. Now I use other calorie sources, but Clif Bars work fine. I'm not a fan of packaged gels because of the packaging. For a gel, try Hammer Gel. You can buy it in 1 pt. bottles and dispense it into a reusable 6 oz. squeeze bottle. Much cheaper and more responsible.
04-11-11, 10:37 AM
They're all organic/natural, very good, and as long as you drink enough water, easy to wash down. :) I eat quite a few of them, they are my food of choice on the bike for long distances.
04-11-11, 11:19 AM
it's not very appetising to consume gel only on longer rides, even the excellent shot bloks, but fwiw i think clif bars are the best energy bars on the market as measured on the criteria of "do i want to eat them" and "are they easy to eat quickly while riding".
04-11-11, 11:50 AM
Ok guys thanks for the input
To quote Fatty from FatCyclist.com: " In particular, the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut bar is delicious enough that I recently caught The Runner eating one recreationally."
And I agree - I really like that flavor.
Clif's a block from here and their warehouse is behind our office - going to "borrow" bars now (they do take care of folks in the neighborhood)! Seriously, great stuff - love the Mojo bars...
04-11-11, 07:34 PM
I like the bars for the start of rides and gels for the later portion.
04-11-11, 09:41 PM
They are nasty too! I would go with a Kind Bar or Bora Bar because they taste good and don't look like toilet waste.
04-12-11, 08:23 AM
I cut them in to bites,and eat them along with Clif Shot Blocks. It's nice to have something substantial on longer rides.
04-12-11, 08:29 AM
Like others said, cut them up. They are quite hardy
04-12-11, 09:04 AM
I tried one sunday before i rode and it helped..at least i thought it did along with using the gel shots during the ride
I eat them and love them recreationaly just because I have a high metabolism I keep one in my back pack, stay away from any of the ones with chocolate in them they tend to be kinda rough.
I tend to take one or two of the bars on centuries, but they have to be washed down with water.
04-23-11, 04:41 PM
I have to pack at least an extra Cliff bar when hiking , because my friend's teenage son always begs me for one!
04-23-11, 05:18 PM
The problem with Clif Bars is there's too damn many flavors and a lot of them are really good. I'm probably going to wind up stocking. On top of it, the Peanut Toffee Buzz flavor has caffeine, which I would strongly avoid during any exertion (if it's in levels high enough to have any real effect; the box suggests it's present for the purpose of being a stimulant), and it's the one flavor I really want. :(
Has anyone compared the price and consumption of bicycle fuel per mile vs car fuel per mile?
04-25-11, 09:56 AM
I love the bars. I use some Acell Gel for 'hilly' sections as a boost, and bring a few other things to have some variety, but they are a staple of my longer rides. Agreed that the White Chocolate Macadamia is really good!
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