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    Regarding "Securing" Your Nutrition

    I am close to the end of prep for my first century. Rides up to 50 miles or so are well handled (in reasonable heat conditions) with a bottle or two of 'whatever' energy/electrolytes drinks plus some water as required, depending. But 100 miles is very different. So I was toying with trying out Cliff's bars for the carb piece of the century ride issue on my recent 65 mile weekend ride. I'd never used solid food before so was interested in how this felt.

    About 35 miles out I got the Cliff's Bar out and took a bite. I then was holding the bar loosely in my right hand with my right hand loosely on the handle bar. I hit what I would consider a moderate bump, the bar went flying out to the right in the grass next to the road, and so much for this experiment.

    Oh well.

    dave

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    Bento bag.

    Handlebar bag.


    And this is another reason why we recommend gradually building up to longer distances and experimenting with various nutrition choices ... during that time, you also learn how to eat on a bicycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    Bento bag.

    Handlebar bag.


    And this is another reason why we recommend gradually building up to longer distances and experimenting with various nutrition choices ... during that time, you also learn how to eat on a bicycle.
    OTOH, just don't drop the damn candybar would also be good advice :-)

    dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    Bento bag.

    Handlebar bag.


    And this is another reason why we recommend gradually building up to longer distances and experimenting with various nutrition choices ... during that time, you also learn how to eat on a bicycle.
    Kinda tough to eat 'em when they're in the bento bag.

    Maybe a feed bag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by achoo View Post
    Kinda tough to eat 'em when they're in the bento bag.
    Not really ... that's the whole idea behind a bento bag.

    You break up the granola bar, or whatever you've got, and either dump it into the bento bag, or put it in a plastic sandwich bag which goes into the bento bag. Then you nibble. Reach into the bento bag, grab a piece of food, pop it into your mouth. 10 minutes later, grab another piece of food ... etc. etc. every 10 min or so.

    Easy!

    And if you happen to drop a piece ... well, you've still got the rest in the bento bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveLeeNC View Post
    I am close to the end of prep for my first century. Rides up to 50 miles or so are well handled (in reasonable heat conditions) with a bottle or two of 'whatever' energy/electrolytes drinks plus some water as required, depending. But 100 miles is very different. So I was toying with trying out Cliff's bars for the carb piece of the century ride issue on my recent 65 mile weekend ride. I'd never used solid food before so was interested in how this felt.

    About 35 miles out I got the Cliff's Bar out and took a bite. I then was holding the bar loosely in my right hand with my right hand loosely on the handle bar. I hit what I would consider a moderate bump, the bar went flying out to the right in the grass next to the road, and so much for this experiment.

    Oh well.

    dave
    So you didn't stop and pick it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruin11 View Post
    So you didn't stop and pick it up.
    Of course not - I am a real roadie so I just turned around, then when I approached the bar at 30 mph I did a hard 180 degree turn, leaning the bike a good 60 degrees over, and picked it up on the fly

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    Wow, so where was the fly taking it?

    I also was looking at the contents of the Cliff Bars. Are they much different than Nature Valley Granola Bars? I am also planning a century before the end of the year.

    Last time I tried a century, I sort bonked at about 75 miles. It took quite a while before I could get going again. Found a Carl's Jr. if memory serves me correctly. After about an hour, I was able to continue after downing a hamburger or two and a lot of liquids. That was almost 30 years ago. I hope I can control food intake better this time.

    Good luck.

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