Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Senior Member hocker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Denver
    My Bikes
    Road and Mountain
    Posts
    619
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Decided to go with supplements

    I have been riding with water and real food for a while, this has worked out okay, but my miles have increased dramatically lately and my pockets just aren't big enough for all of the real food I was carrying.
    So, I decided to try nutritional supplements and my team gets discounts with Hammer and Accel. All I want the supplement to do is provide energy and hydration during the ride. I might try a recovery supplement, but only if this doesn't get outragiously expensive. Does anybody have experience with the following products? Are there flavors you recommend?

    Accel Gels
    Accelerade
    Hammer Gel
    Hammer sustained energy
    Hammer Recoverite

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    CNJ/CENY
    Posts
    178
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    For hammer gels avoid orange like the plague. I have tried rasberry, apple-cinnamon, and vanilla and all of those are good, but you may find them too sweet, in which case mix them with unflavored hammer gel.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    295
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Don't like the coffee or capucino or whatever it is hammer gel as it has caffeine
    Raspberry, apple and orange are ok with me.

    Accelerade orange is nice

  4. #4
    ride lots be safe Creakyknees's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    5,084
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't use gels, but the Accelerade, Perpetuem and Sustained Energy seem to work. I typically use Cytomax for rides under ~60 miles, and Pert or SE for longer ones. Flavors... sorry you're gonna have to figure that one for yourself.
    "have fun and be kind"
    - an internet post

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    43
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I like most of Hammer's Gel flavors except for Espresso, but then again, I'm not much of a coffee fan. I like all of the HEED flavors. Maybe this is why I like their stuff so much...because it tastes good :-) Either way, I use the Perpetuum Orange Creamsicle flavor for longer rides. Highly recommend their products.

    P.S. You can get a discount via most of the member's on this boards referral codes.
    Try some Hammer Gel, HEED, and Recoverite via the 15% Hammer Nutrition Discount! - You won't be disappointed!

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    PNW (PDX)
    My Bikes
    1999 Lightspeed Classic, Specialized Stumpjumper
    Posts
    182
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Personally, I couldn't stand Hammer's espresso gel (too much like hershey's syrup), I really like the Raspberry, didn't care for the orange or tropical fruit, haven't tried any of the other flavors.

    As far as taste goes, everyone's is different (yes, you may call me Capt. Obvious ) . Hammer has a gel sampler pack with one of each flavor, you might want to get that so you can make your own decision.

    I have tried Recoverite, certainly no complaints other than price, but now I just drink a yogurt smoothy and have a good meal right after a ride, a lot of people swear by chocolate milk (which I can't stand).

  7. #7
    Senior Member ericm979's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Santa Cruz Mountains
    Posts
    6,170
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yea, get the sampler. I like HEED but only the unflavored version. It's hard to find in stores so I just order from Hammer. Hammer gel is good too. I like the rasberry (flavored with actual fruit instead of chemicals!) and the espresso is good as well, late into a long ride/race when the caffeine is a good boost. Orange sounds nasty but that's why they make different flavors.

    I don't like the flavor of Sustained Energy or Perpeteum much, and Perpeteum goes bad in the heat. Recoverite works really well but it's expensive.

    Accellerade has some really foul tasting flavors that they use for for the stuff they give out for centuries. Based on that I haven't wanted to buy any of their product.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •