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Old 01-12-10, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by IAmCosmo View Post
I love Clif bars. I buy them by the case. Before a ride I cut them up into 1" squares and put them in a ziploc bag. That way I can just grab a little piece out when I need it.
I've seen boxes of small invidualy wrapped bite size clifbars at Wally World....I'd get frustrated opening and fighting with the wrappers. Sometimes it's tougher than the ride itself!
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Old 01-12-10, 01:00 PM
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If you were feeling experimental, you could try making your own bars. I forgot all about this recipe I tweaked until I re-read this thread: http://www.momentumplanet.com/food/nrg-bars I changed some of the ingredients: I added several scoops of chocolate whey protein powder, skipped the banana chips and raisins because I hate them and used shredded unsweetened coconut and chopped dried cherries. I doubled the amount of ground coffee beans and tried almond butter instead of peanut (also, if you are allergic to peanuts or almonds, try roasted sunflower seed butter -- my partner is allergic to nuts but is fine with sunflower). The recipe is super sweet so swapping some of the granola for toasted oat flakes helped to cut some of sweetness. I also used flax seeds for some of the sesame seeds.
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I find the responses interesting. I prefer Clif bars over all of the competition. For me, they're easier to eat and I've had great luck in them fueling multi-hour rides.
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I'm good with Clif Bars up to around 4 hours. If I know I'm riding longer than that, I need to bring real food. My current fave is salami and cheddar on whole wheat mini pita bread. They're 3-bite sandwiches and decent fuel for another couple hours when combined with a bottle of Accelerade and a sack of potato chips.
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
A primary component of Hammer Gel is their proprietary Energy Smart (R) mixture which is fruit juice concentrate (short sugars) and "natural grain dextrins" (more short sugar).
They balance it with some long chained maltodextrin, but the recommended use is that is can be your primary caloric source for events under 2 hours. They're quick burn fuel. For someone my size they suggest 3/hour, which is the usual 300 calorie suggestion.
You must be reading a different nutrition label than I am. My label says that the primary ingredient is "Long Chained Maltodextrin", followed by "Filtered Water". They claim 23g of carbohydrate, with only 2g of "sugars". As an insulin-dependent diabetic, I can tell you what the result is for me: Clif Bars cause my blood sugar to rise precipitously, as verified by a Lifescan One Touch glucose meter, whereas Hammer Gel does not. YMMV.
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Old 01-14-10, 12:06 AM
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Originally Posted by jmccain View Post
I find the responses interesting. I prefer Clif bars over all of the competition. For me, they're easier to eat and I've had great luck in them fueling multi-hour rides.
Me too... I like em. But I don't normally need to eat much of anything for a two hour ride.
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Old 01-14-10, 12:27 AM
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I too echo that they will not give a huge energy boost right away, however, they do give decent energy over time in a nice neat wrapper. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches work best for me, however they get messy in a jersey pocket. The cliff bar has the edge in ease of consumption, if you practice a bit you donít even have to slow down to eat one. The sandwich rout you have to stop to eat unless you donít mind a sticky mess.

Taste wise, I like them, particularly the chocolate mint ones. Then again, my palate is not difficult to please.

Oh yeah: Cliff Bar farts.
Addressing my young and scatalogical friend's final comment:

Most energy bars use soy (AKA soybeans) as a protein source, and may combine that with maltodextrin, which is so strong a laxative that Australia requires products containing it to carry a warning label. (Some American bakers, such as Philadelphia's Tastykake, have started including warnings as well on their products with maltodextrin.) Like Bautieri I enjoy the chocolate mint bars, but I can't consume more than one a ride without discomfort. I won't even look at Powerbars.

On a long ride, I'm likely to carry trail mix (peanuts, raisins, M & Ms, and other goodies) and a turkey or peanut better sandwich. On tour I emulate Sherman's march through Georgia and live off the land, stopping for snacks and meals as I need to - or want to. For example, to carry me the 30 some miles from Cambridge to Delmar, MD, I had a deli turkey sub in my panniers, some snacks, and a ton of drinks (it was a hot day.) I had the first half of the sub just outside Cambridge, and the rest 20 miles in, at Vienna.
 
Old 01-15-10, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
They cost 2 bucks. Why not buy one and try it for yourself?



Sounds like you're eating PowerBars, not Clif Bars! All of the Clif Bars I've eaten were like a sort of thick, chewy granola bar. Some flavors are good, some aren't. Luckily, there a dozens to chose from; their website only lists a few, while my grocery has 2 dozen!

My only complaint? Most of the carbs, are there are quite a few, are from simple sugars. I'd swear they had a better balance between simple sugars and other carbs when I started eating them 10-15 years ago. For sustained nutrition on long rides, I use Hammer Gel. For immediate energy, I find that Clif Bars work pretty well.
I like Clif Bars. They're organic and they taste good. Plus, they don't turn into bricks in the winter. Oh yeah, and they're REALLY expensive.

I prefer Quaker Chewey Granola bars. They have the texture of a rice crispy treat made with granola and whatever other bits and flavoring they put in. Eighteen bars cost me $4 at Wal-Mart. My favorite flavor is Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. And the big bonus .... they don't use High Fructose Corn Syrup. Which as organic as I really need to go.
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Originally Posted by willtsmith_nwi View Post
I like Clif Bars. They're organic and they taste good. Plus, they don't turn into bricks in the winter. Oh yeah, and they're REALLY expensive.
Actually, they're only expensive if you buy singles at the grocery store. The Performance Bike near my house frequently has them on sale for $13 for a 12-pack. That's $1.08/bar, which isn't too bad. Their normal price is $16 for 12, or $1.33/bar. Much better than the $1.89/bar that my grocery wants...
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Old 01-15-10, 07:59 PM
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The only time I eat Clif Bars is at the rest stops on centuries. Like everything at those stops, they are delicious -- and free!

I usually carry Nature Valley Fruit & Nut bars on rides.

http://www.naturevalley.com/ProductD...x?ProductId=18

The 48-count box at Costco makes them about 25 cents apiece, and the carb/sugar is about 50/50.

I also carry peanut butter sandwiches -- on home-baked wheat bread.

On a 4-5 hour ride I can fill my jersey pockets with food and my bottles with Cytomax, all for about a buck.

That's the retiree's version of Clif bars.
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For longer rides I prefer Larabars or Cliff Bloks.. The Larabars are very hearty and will help you from bonking on longer ride, lots of flavors to choose from.. They are starting to show at local grocery stores, I like the Peanut Butter or Cashew Cookie..

http://www.larabar.com/food/larabar/
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Yes i always bring one or two with me on my rides. The blueberry one is tasty
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Liked the old Clif 'Ice' Bars; no surge of energy, but it seems to not go away, either.

For me, a kick comes from PowerGel; Gu, Clif, Hammer, just doesn't do the same thing. PowerBar Harvest will wake up your taste buds, though!
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