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Old 01-10-07, 01:55 AM   #1
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on the bike food

Anyone know where can you get the best price on gels, gu's and othe on the bike fuel???
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I get 'em cheap once in a while but I think it's a matter of timing. Well Gina gets 'em cause I don't shop!

I don't mind Powerbars, though some do. Gina's picked 'em up at Costco beofre for $19. BUT, she gets a hold of a coupon, buy one box, get one freeeeee!

Other times, I go to GNC at the Montclair Plaza. Sometimes they will sell the gels for 49 cents. When the gel gets close to expiration, they sell at a must go price. I stock up on 'em at that price, even if it means passing them out to fellow riders. But usually with 3 months left before expiration, no problem. Never had an issue with them.
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You can get bars from Trader Joe's pretty cheap. I like Odwalla bars but they have a huge variety. Watch Performance Bike on-line for sales on gels, too.
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Target and Walmart have Powerbars, Clif Bars and Powerbar gels.
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Clif bars can be had at Savon (or i guess now CVS) for $10 for 10 usually.
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I'm still trying to find something that doesn't give me the runs at mile 30 of a century. Haven't found it yet, and I'm tired of the cramping.

TMI, I know, but any advice on good-for-the-colon-on-long-rides food is appreciated.
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I'm still trying to find something that doesn't give me the runs at mile 30 of a century. Haven't found it yet, and I'm tired of the cramping.

TMI, I know, but any advice on good-for-the-colon-on-long-rides food is appreciated.
What have you tried? My stomach is the source of many problems on long climbing rides. I have had good luck with regular food like sandwiches, bananas, PB&J, Fig Newtons, etc. I can't tolerate gels and too much Cytomax or too many Clif/Powerbars gives me nausea. A grilled chicken sandwich and I feel great.
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It's hard to beat Performance's occasional "$20 off a $50 purchase" sale. I load up on boxes of GU gels during those.
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Anyone know where can you get the best price on gels, gu's and othe on the bike fuel???
I love Crank Egel. The company ships directly and I buy the packs of 32 different flavored gels online. Also, every time I buy or refer them (which, let me state, I've NEVER referred using my account number, so NO, this isn't a way for me to get $ off on my next order), you get "bank credit" which means they discount your next order slightly. Here is a link:http://www.cranksports.com/products/eGel/

You HAVE to drink water with their gel (they explain why online), but it sits okay with me (i.e. I can suck them down without gagging and they have less sugar than most and no caffeine). By ordering oline, I can't beat the price. Don't pay for expedited service, either, as they usually ship within a day or two in CA. The only downer is, so far, I don't think they sell in large containers like Hammer does, so using a flask with their gel isn't feasible.

Otherwise, I'm with Big John, Trader Joe's has the cheapest and widest assortment of bars. Cliff bars make me ill on rides, so I'm one to go for PB&J sandwiches, organic nut bars or Luna bars. Or my all time favorite and it's cheap is PayDay bar Kingsize cut in half. The peanuts, caramel and salt do the trick.
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REI usually gives discounts on most of the energy bars/gels they carry if you purchase 12 or more.

I like to get Honey Stingers (which are usually a little cheaper than Clif Shots and GUs to begin with).
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I'm still trying to find something that doesn't give me the runs at mile 30 of a century. Haven't found it yet, and I'm tired of the cramping.

TMI, I know, but any advice on good-for-the-colon-on-long-rides food is appreciated.
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Costco carries some brands of bars. I don't know about the gel/gu stuff. I don't much like the gu's anyway. I'm come down pretty hard after the sugar rush. I do pretty well with balance bars, well, any type of bar really.

Have you tried fig newtons and/or bananas? "Bananas are natures Power Bar."
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I usually eat Cliff bars and their gels. For potassium I usually carry a small box of raisins as they have about the same amount as a banana but easier to carry. Lately I have been going away from gels and been eating dates. The sugar as in gels turns into instant energy. But unlike gels they not only have 3X the potassium they also have good amounts of calcium and magnesium which gels dont. They don't have any sodium, but I consider that easier to get if I need it. Do a Google search on "dates nutrition" and you will be amazed.
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I like to get Honey Stingers (which are usually a little cheaper than Clif Shots and GUs to begin with).
Although I LOVE honey, Honey Stinger is just too sweet for me. They do have good product, if you like it sweet. Me, if I am going to do gels, which is rare, I will simply use Hammer Gel.

My energy bar of choice is either Clif or some sort of candy bar. I can eat both all day long. You can get regular sized Snickers bars from Costco for 37 cents per bar, 48 bars per box. One box will last me a long, long time.
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What have you tried? My stomach is the source of many problems on long climbing rides. I have had good luck with regular food like sandwiches, bananas, PB&J, Fig Newtons, etc. I can't tolerate gels and too much Cytomax or too many Clif/Powerbars gives me nausea. A grilled chicken sandwich and I feel great.

Since I'm new to the long-distance thing, I've only tried Clif Shots, Powerbars, and Granola bars (Quaker Chewy) for jersey pocket food. I've had PB&J's before the ride and during SAG stops, and normally depend on dried apricots for potassium. Normally I have a cast-iron stomach, but some of the stuff just doesn't sit right.

(also, on the PIE ride, I was feeling bad before PIE...but the a la mode was torture and shall ne'er be repeated.)
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I'm still trying to find something that doesn't give me the runs at mile 30 of a century. Haven't found it yet, and I'm tired of the cramping.

TMI, I know, but any advice on good-for-the-colon-on-long-rides food is appreciated.

Sport Legs is great stuff for cramping. Im also a fan of the Egels that ME is speaking of.
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Crank Efuel is great also...mixes much easier than powders..I wil carry a couple at stagecoach to mix my own..that drink mix they had there was aweful....fizzy and wierd
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I've become a fan of Clif Shot Bloks. All the energy of a gel, but the fun of Gummy Bears!

Some varieties have added caffeine (100mg per package), which is about the same as a cup of coffee. If you're into that.

I picked up a 24 pack at Performance online for $18.
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I've become a fan of Clif Shot Bloks. All the energy of a gel, but the fun of Gummy Bears!

Some varieties have added caffeine (100mg per package), which is about the same as a cup of coffee. If you're into that.

I picked up a 24 pack at Performance online for $18.

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Re: my cramping wasn't due to legs or lactic acid. It was from clenching. Need to work on the Kegels.
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Re: my cramping wasn't due to legs or lactic acid. It was from clenching. Need to work on the Kegels.
Try dried prunes. They're yummy.
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Trader Joes everyday price on Clif Bars is $0.99 I use Hammer Gel and buy it directly from Hammer Nutrition. You can buy a large bottle, and use a gel flask, it's cheaper that way, and you don't have to deal with wrappers. GotBody.com usually has pretty good prices on bars, gels and drinks. Now that I know which products I like, and my body agrees with, I just watch for them to go on sale. When I see a good deal, I buy a few months supply. I like the Clif Bloks, but I'm not sure my stomach does, I'll have to give them another try. If gels gross you out, try Carb Boom's Apple Cinnamon, it's pretty much like the filling to a Hostess Apple Pie Also, Fig Newtons are one of the cheapest and easiest to eat energy bars out there.
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im a big fan of the hammer products(gel, perpetuem, sustained energy...). i buy directly from them as its usually the best price. ive tried the clif bloks and theyre pretty good...a company called sharkies has a similiar product thats rocks pretty good as well.....i cant eat bars on the road, just doesnt work for me....
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i love the bloks. last time i bought some performance had a buy one get one free sale on a case. so i got two for the price of one. should have bought four.

fig newtons are a good deal too. look for them on sale at your local supermarket for about $2.50 a pack. not bad for 15 servings of 110 cal per serving. 16 cents per serving versus $1 for a gel of 100 cal. or $1 for one serving of (3) bloks 100 cal if a pack is $2.
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+1 fig newtons!
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