The energy gel packets, GU, or whatever brand, help me during a longer road ride, and especially on a century. However, handling the packets while riding are a problem for me.
I reach into a back pocket to pull out a packet. I use my teeth to tear off the top. I then must hold the top between my fingers so that I do not drop it. Then I squeeze out the contents into my mouth.
When complete I have a somewhat messy packet and the top to dispose of. I normally stuff them into anther back pocket for I do not want to liter the road.
The reaching for the packet, opening it with my teeth and the messy remains need to be handled better. What is a better plan?