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    Gel flavors

    I tried my first gels this morning on my ride, the flavors were marked Mango and Strawberry..I think Rectum and Bile might be more accurate.
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    Try the Strawberry/Banana....it's not too bad, or the chocolate, or the Unflavored.
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    I like the GU orange burst god flavor and little after taste
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    What brands do you guys like? The ones I got were by Clif.
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    Hammer Gel apple-cinnamon or raspberry. The vanilla isn't bad either. I haven't really liked any of the GU flavors that I have tried.
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    I too find most gels absolutely vile. The ones I can get down without gagging are Accel Gel chocolate, and Hammer's chocolate, espresso, and rasberry.

    Cliff also makes these gummy/fruit snack like things called Cliff Bloks that are pretty easy to eat.

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    accelgel - key lime pie.

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    I really like the mango ones from Cliff.

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    DO NOT try the banana ones from Hammer. They taste like over-ripe, almost rotten bananas... and with the texture of a gel, it dang near made me barf.

    The Power-Bar brand strawberry/banana ones aren't horrible. The Clif Shots mango flavour are pretty good, for what they are.

    None of them are great, but some are more tolerable than others.
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    Ironically, if I really, really, really, really need a gel, it tastes like Nirvana. If not it tastes like already processed and excreted stuff
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    Yeah gels are good if you need one... my personal favorite is GU Vanilla Bean. Smoother and creamier than the fruit flavors. Regardless it all gets alot of water to wash it down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    I really like the mango ones from Cliff.
    I have one left...want it?
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    I am with Pam on the GU. The Vanilla Bean is pretty good. The other flavors suck. My favorite are the CARB-BOOM Gels. The Strawberry-Kiwi is pretty good, and the Apple Cinnamon is fantastic. As a matter of fact, I suck down an Apple Cinnamon just for the hell of it now and then. All that is missing is a ******* or piece of toast.

    I agree with most regarding the remainder of the flavors...... URRRP

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    You know, this is one of the reason I have not really used the gels. I heard too many people complain about the taste. It's to bad you can't get little tubes to test the flavors. I'd hate to get to a point of needing one and end up gagging or barfing.
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    They weren't so bad that I'd barf...just not something I'd go out of my way for.
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    In favor of gels... there is nothing better than when you are tired, the legs are rubber, the head's pounding and you are on a verge of bonking and a large hills looms... squish a gel in and withn seconds, you feel the energy return. Problem is like any sugar/caffeine product, there is also a big crashy down so then you need to keep popping gels to stay up. For me anymore I use gels on century rides starting around mile 80.

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    What exactly is a gel? It sounds like it might be a tube of flavored and gelantinized sugar and caffeine. Does it contain high fructose corn syrup? Can someone post the calories, serving size, and nutrition information from one and list the top 5 ingredients?

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    Generally gelatinized sugars, like Maltodextrin and Galactose, some sucrose. Some have caffeine in them.

    Serving size is one packet, calories average 180.
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    The Clif gels have 100 cal, considering the number burned avg. 16mph over 40mi I was willing to take on the risk. it paid off, I weighed in at 218 this morning...according the the BMI charts I'm no longer obese I'm just overweight...small victories.
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    sports beans is where its at!
    the ratio is a little bit off what gels are but they do the same purpose. not as effective but way better taste.... if im going for a long ride ill carry a back up gel just in case but for the most part sports beans are all i need

    http://sportbeans.com/

    sorry if i came off as an ad

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    Naw, that wasn't an ad, it was a testimonial
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    sports beans is where its at!
    the ratio is a little bit off what gels are but they do the same purpose. not as effective but way better taste.... if im going for a long ride ill carry a back up gel just in case but for the most part sports beans are all i need

    http://sportbeans.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaxgtr View Post
    You know, this is one of the reason I have not really used the gels. I heard too many people complain about the taste. It's to bad you can't get little tubes to test the flavors. I'd hate to get to a point of needing one and end up gagging or barfing.
    Hammer Nutrition has a sampler pack of all their flavors so you can try them, I've got a box in the mail as we speak actually.

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    Thanks Halthane
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    Funny Thread! I've tried a few. I am just not sure they really help me.

    On the taste front, I've not found any I can't stomach, but I used to live on Military MRE's so I can digest just about anything!

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    MRE...Meals Rejected by Ethiopians.
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