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    Eating GU energy gel during a ride

    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?
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    but listen you can get energy gels with a screw cap maxim is one there very good.i can see how you would have problems .thr the screw cap .

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    Someone makes a "solid" form of energy gel. They're about the consistency of a real soft jujube and are much cleaner to handle.

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    I went through the same process. I now use the flask with Hammer Gel banana or raspberry flavor (don't like caffiene). You can pick up a flask about anywhere. Simply fill it before a ride. It has a pull up stopper (similiar to a water bottle) to minimize the mess. Tip-because the gel is so thick it can be slower to come out after you've taken a swig or two and there is more open space in the flask, keep the flask upside down in your jersey pocket while riding so the gel is down at the tip. Just make sure you've closed the stopper pretty good so it doesn't leak out while riding!
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    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    stop for 30 seconds and eat it. Carry a ziplock for the debris.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jppe View Post
    I went through the same process. I now use the flask with Hammer Gel banana or raspberry flavor (don't like caffiene). You can pick up a flask about anywhere. Simply fill it before a ride. It has a pull up stopper (similiar to a water bottle) to minimize the mess. Tip-because the gel is so thick it can be slower to come out after you've taken a swig or two and there is more open space in the flask, keep the flask upside down in your jersey pocket while riding so the gel is down at the tip. Just make sure you've closed the stopper pretty good so it doesn't leak out while riding!
    Adding a little bit of water to thin the gel helps to make it flow better. Better to have the flask in a holder than your pocket for this as it will be more likely to leak if it is diluted.
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    +1 for the flask

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    just a bit on these jels going out of date ,one of the lads in our groop i seen him taking one that was three months out of date ,i asked was that not a bit on the dodgy side ,he said no it would be fine.this guy is one of the top pathologist in the country .there you go a bit of useless information .

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    I think many of the "best used by" dates are kind of like the "lather, rinse, repeat" directions on shampoo and the instructions to change the oil in you car every three months on the little sticker they place on your windshield. Best for the ones selling you the products, not necessarily best for you.
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    +1 on Ziplock bag for "squozed" gel debris.
    +1 for stopping briefly to consume

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    Over here we have "Sell by" dates and "Use by" dates. Use by is well worth taking note off as the product could get contaminated. Gell in a sealed container with a use by date is for the benefit of the Manufacturer. Providing it is stored right then nothing can happen to the contents of a sealed container that would harm you.
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    At least one brand has a strip of the package that holds the ripped off piece to the main body if you don't have the coordination to manage the torn off bit. You guys soooo over complicate things. When you're done, roll top over a little, and stick under bottom edge of your bike shorts, just above your knee. Yeash...

    And the little cubes, moons, etc. of gummy bear consistency gels work great too. You don't have to eat the contents of an entire package and you can use remainder on your next ride.

    I hate to think of some of you folks eating a banana while your ride...."Maybe I could install a composter on my recumbent!".
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    ^^
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    I have never had any issue eating/using GU while riding. I just tear off the top with my teeth and squeeze from the bottom with the packet in my mouth. The issue I have is trying to eat a Powerbar, or similar type of food, while riding at an upper zone three HR. Every time I try I practically aspirate on it. I suppose it just takes practice.
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    I use this and mix chocolate and raspberry gel in the flask 50/50. The full flask equals 5 packs of GU. Never a hassle to get the flask open and no packages to store in my jersey.

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    +1 dedhed. Stop, eat and disposed. I use powerbars. Double chocolate latte. I also drink Accelerate on long rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metric Man View Post
    The issue I have is trying to eat a Powerbar, or similar type of food, while riding at an upper zone three HR. Every time I try I practically aspirate on it. I suppose it just takes practice.
    Even pro racers wait for a less hectic part of the ride to eat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Even pro racers wait for a less hectic part of the ride to eat.
    Hmmm, and here I thought I was being hard core.
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    Ride with no hands?

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    Two interesting lines of thought are taken from this thread, for me. First: The flask seems to be a very good alternative to the individual packets of GU. I believe I will adapt that method. Second: There is a major difference of attitude toward a long ride in this group. There are the ones that take their time and will stop for whatever they need. Then there are those that want to keep a good time in a distance ride, so do everything on the move. It seems the "stopping" group does not understand the mentality of the "keep riding" group.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeArkansas View Post
    It seems the "stopping" group does not understand the mentality of the "keep riding" group.
    We understand it. We just don't share it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeArkansas View Post
    Two interesting lines of thought are taken from this thread, for me. First: The flask seems to be a very good alternative to the individual packets of GU. I believe I will adapt that method. Second: There is a major difference of attitude toward a long ride in this group. There are the ones that take their time and will stop for whatever they need. Then there are those that want to keep a good time in a distance ride, so do everything on the move. It seems the "stopping" group does not understand the mentality of the "keep riding" group.
    One other idea-there is a really small bag that fastens by velcro on your top tube and behind the stem where small essentials can be stored. It's a perfect size (even the miniature versions) for flasks, gel packets (full and empty), etc. and can be easily reached while still moving.
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    Ok, I willing to try a flask...what is everyone putting in it?
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