How much Gel is recommened for riding? I've read the manufacturers recommendation but figure they always want you to use more.
I'm wondering if they can be counter productive if not consumed properly, ie, adding weight, OD on sugar etc.
Also, how agressively should you be riding to actually require Gel? I've always been on to eat a bananna or fruit bar instead of gel although in my last mountain bike race I sucked down a small packet of hammer gel and found it gave me some quick juice. Unfortauntely...it seemed to wear off after an hour and I pretty much hit the wall...feeling over exerted and sick.