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Old 09-01-06, 12:01 AM   #1
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Energy Gel Tip........

......avoid cola flavoured clif shots....they are absolutely revolting. I nearly threw up on my bike after downing one.

Actually i'd suggest avoiding cola flavoured gels by anyone.....stick with fruits.

excuse me as i go and brush my teeth
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Old 09-01-06, 12:33 AM   #2
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Ever try turkey-flavored soda???
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Old 09-01-06, 04:58 AM   #3
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Really I find almost every flavor gel shot gross. I wish I could find one that did not taste like poop smells. I really like the idea of gel shots but to me they are the worst. So i know your feeling here.
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Old 09-01-06, 08:10 AM   #4
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hahaha, totally man...Cola Buzz, right? They are truly disgusting

it's sort of a coffee, cola, chocolate & crap flavor combination. The 4 C's I suppose.
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Old 09-01-06, 09:41 AM   #5
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Ever try turkey-flavored soda???
Homer: Apu, you got any Skittle Brau?

Apu: Such a thing does not exist.

Homer: Never mind, just give me some Duff and a pack of Skittles.
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Espresso Love Gu is the ticket, IMO. Caffeine , sugar, what's not to like?

For taste, I also like Strawberry/Kiwi, Carb Boom.
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I don't like the fruity ones so much. Vanilla & Espresso/coffee are my faves (Hammer Gel, also Gu).
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gels are sticky mess machines and create needless alumi-plastic trash

cripes just stuff figs in your pocket and eat those, they work better anyway
lower glycemic, longer duration powerband.

(by saying they work better I am assuming you eat figs and your body
is used to them and you like them...it is worth getting used to...get the
non-sulfer laden ones)



you gotta drink water anyway, why not drink gatorade and get
it all ? (or enervit or whatever, mixed with water)

powdered mix and water bottles/camelbak is the way to go, imho.

or flat coke

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First rule of gels...try before you buy if at all possible. If not, never throw away what you think is gagolicious. Just ask around at the next group ride and somebody will buy them off of you.
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gels are sticky mess machines and create needless alumi-plastic trash

cripes just stuff figs in your pocket and eat those, they work better anyway
lower glycemic, longer duration powerband.




But sometimes when your racing, a gel is all you can get down. Just out riding, I agree gels don't make much sense, but when you're riding close to your limit and you need calories, gels work nicely.
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I only like 2. Chocolate Gu is my fave. Another brand makes a Mocha gel that is
quite tasty; I think it's a Clifshot. I have tried many others, and they range from unpleasant to revolting. AccelGel reminds me of cough syrup, the really bad kind
that makes you think vaguely of puking. That Stinger stuff, I am amazed anyone uses it twice. Hammer gels range from bland to mildly unpleasant; I suspect their
claim to fame is that serious athletes can buy the stuff in bulk.
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Old 09-01-06, 02:48 PM   #12
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Ever try turkey-flavored soda???
i prefer the roast beef soda myself............but hey i'm just kooky.

i will say however the strawberry/banana power gels are actually pretty good.

and yes figs are better, i find that the longer i ride the harder it is to eat anything that solid.....i like the gels towards the end of the ride when i need just enough energy to get home or in hills (i have no idea why but the same thing happens when i do hills, i just can't eat solid foods).

but whoever came up with the cola clif shots....you should be flogged and forced to eat a case of them. because you're one sick b*stard.
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Old 09-05-06, 01:12 PM   #13
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Clif Shot Blocks are really good. Nice compromise between gel and solid food. Nice texture and flavor.
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Hmm,

I have a case of cola buzz. I like Cola and the buzz.

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Ugg fruity gels are not the best.

GU - chocolate or espresso
Cliff - Mocha
Carb BOOM - Cherry Chocolate

I avoid anything made by Powergel now; they tend to be the worst in all flavors.
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Ever try turkey-flavored soda???
Jones made some. It was TERRIBLE!

Worse was the Brussel sprout flavored soda. I couldn't get the taste out of my mouth for hours. It was BAD!!!
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Try new brands/flavors off the bike before you pop one zooming down the road.
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what are gels used for in general? For racers? for long distance riders? I would assume on a long ride, that isnt competition, you would be able to eat at regular intervals. ofcourse, im a human and consider a long ride under 8 hours. I have found that when I do rides under 2.5 hours, I can eat granola bars. over that, I need a bar that is more moist like cliff. does that progression continue for most people into the gel universe?
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Power Bar Apricot Flavored Gel
with Double Caffeine is my fav!

http://tinyurl.com/zab2u

You can get it in a variety of flavors
and 'without' caffeine, but this one
is my favorite. Very tasty.
And provides a lot of recovery
in the short term. I don't use
em when it is too hot on an all
day ride though as the double
caffeine 'has' given me chest pain.

But this stuff is the bomb!

Try it, you will like it!
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Old 09-10-06, 07:27 PM   #20
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what are gels used for in general? For racers? for long distance riders? I would assume on a long ride, that isnt competition, you would be able to eat at regular intervals. ofcourse, im a human and consider a long ride under 8 hours. I have found that when I do rides under 2.5 hours, I can eat granola bars. over that, I need a bar that is more moist like cliff. does that progression continue for most people into the gel universe?
It can be for anyone. I remember watching the TDF and seeing some people suck down gels and others eating a banana. Whatever works for you.

For me I like a mix. There are times a granola bar or something like that works fine. There are times during longer rides where a quick gel works better. Gels work better for me when I am pushing harder, as I don't have to "eat" anything. Squeeze it in and chase with some water and I am good.

Some people hate gels, others probably prefer them. I do also like them sometimes because they take up less space (pretty compact energy) so I will often have at least one on a ride as an emergency thing. Especially if the ride, even if short, was near a mealtime. Like rides after work etc.

Basically for rides of about 2 hours I don't generally need any solid food. I will take one bottle of Cytomax and one water. Over that I will take a mix of gels and clif bars.

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Power Bar Apricot Flavored Gel
with Double Caffeine is my fav!

http://tinyurl.com/zab2u

You can get it in a variety of flavors
and 'without' caffeine, but this one
is my favorite. Very tasty.
And provides a lot of recovery
in the short term. I don't use
em when it is too hot on an all
day ride though as the double
caffeine 'has' given me chest pain.

But this stuff is the bomb!

Try it, you will like it!
You sure you didn't just suck one down?
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......avoid cola flavoured clif shots....they are absolutely revolting.
+1

I was doing the Everest Challenge in 2004, which was sponsored by Clif Bar. They had Clif Shots at the aid stations. At one of them, all they had was Cola Buzz. Being desperate for nutrition, I downed one. I had that awful taste in my mouth for the rest of the race. The next day, I packed my pockets with decent tasting gels.

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you gotta drink water anyway, why not drink gatorade and get it all ?
Not enough nutrition in a sports drink. To get enough nutrition to prevent the bonk, you'd have to drink way too much.
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A couple of things:

The Cola Cliff Shot is the most disgusting gel (with regular flavored Hammer Gel a close second). I too thought to give it a try, was riding when the first taste hit my tongue. I was passing by a gate to Cherry Creek State Park (Denver), and literally right in front of the attendant, spit out this glob of brown colored nastiness. It must have been truly revolting to her. In addition, given she had no idea as to what I was spitting out; it must have been even more disgusting.

- Honey Stingers are awesome. They work well for me at least. I like the natural taste to them.
- Chocolate Cliff and GU are the best of the Non-Honey Stingers.
- Any fruit flavored ones are disgusting period. They taste about as artificial as you can imagine.
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Ever try turkey-flavored soda???
As in Wild Turkey and Coke?
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Gu or Accelerade Vanilla. After a few hours in the jersey pocket it taste just like warm pudding just off the stove . As an added bonus...I think....the Accelerade has 5g of protien which I have to think will help in recovery
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Lately I've been using honey. Stuff tastes good and still packs lotsa sugar calories. And it's caffeine free. To me it doesn't make sense to take a speeder if you're an athlete and it pisses me off when I run races and I see people consuming it, to me it's the same as cheating. Yeah, it might be legal but it's giving you a boost you didn't earn by training hard.
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