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Old 06-08-13, 08:44 PM
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50's Plus Snacks For Longer Rides

I'm just getting back into cycling and riding long enough to have to pack snacks. Crunchy granola and banana s has worked out well. Energy bars not so much anymore. Would like to hear what others are consuming when riding ?

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For my long ride (5+ hrs) today I put about 60g of gatorade-like (basically sugar) crystals in each water bottle, 5 dried dates and a package of Honey Stinger energy chews. The energy chews taste great but are expensive for 160 Cals. I wouldn't buy them but they were included with something I bought. Usually, I just stick with the dates.
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I got turned onto this guy's boiled potatoes in this here forum.
I like these rice cakes a little better because they are flatter, carry better and don't leak olive oil all over the place. They are also easy on my acid reflux. I like them with Canadian bacon and a little soy sauce. Thinking about coming up with a sweet fruity variety (maraschino cocktail cherries maybe) for a finishing kick. Both these and the potatoes are tasty when you're hungry.

I've always carried raisins for potassium instead of bananas.

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Old 06-09-13, 04:48 AM
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1 drink of Gatorade to two drinks of water, Peanuts, banana's and apples Is all I carry out into the single tracks...
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Dried pineapple, dried apricots, peanut butter & cheese crackers, cashews, honey in 9-gram pouches, Clif bar
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Payday bars are staple for my crowd. I also like to add raisins to peanut (and almond) M&Ms. Gatorade in the water bottles.
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I am a long time fan of Pop-Tarts for long rides. Pop-tarts were popular with distance riders and racers when I first started cycling in the mid-1970's. I have tried every most nutrition and energy bar that has come along since and it is still Pop-Tarts that keep the cranks turning for me. I always get a chuckle when cycling magazines do these stories every few years about Pop_Tarts as an energy food as if it was a recent discovery. Unfrosted Strawberry is my long-time favorite.
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I remember seeing someone with Fig Bars(think Fig Newtons®).

Before the ride, I'll eat a PBJ&banana sandwich and drink about 16 oz of water. During the ride, I just use breakfast bars, a few small bags of salted nuts, and a PBJ&banana sandwiches. I only use water.



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Edit: Do note, the above for me is for rides that are more than 70 miles. For anything fewer than 70, I just have a banana and water before, breakfast bars at 20, 40, and 60 miles with water.

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Old 06-09-13, 07:26 AM
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Diluted Gator/Powerade in the bottle. Whatever energy bars I have gotten by the boxful on a good sale. Right now it is Honey Stinger waffles and buzz bars that I got from Chainlove. (I'm not fond of Powerbars, however) Aldi has some almond granola bars that I like and they are inexpensive. I also like the Clif Shot blocks chews. Sometimes I'll take a banana with with me.

Before I head out riding, I'll usually have a yogurt and a banana.
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Originally Posted by dbg View Post
Payday bars are staple for my crowd. I also like to add raisins to peanut (and almond) M&Ms. Gatorade in the water bottles.
Payday bars are great! Can't get them in Canada so there is always a box in my suitcase travelling home from the US.

Alternately, I make a date and nut roll that slices and travels well in a sandwich bag.
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Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey View Post
I remember seeing someone with Fig Bars(think Fig Newtons®).
There was an article a couple of years ago (Bicycling Mag, probably), evaluating the energy food choices at convenience stores. Fig Newtons came out as the best choice from what is generally found at C stores.
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Old 06-09-13, 08:56 AM
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It's about a 50 mile round trip ride from St Peters, Missouri to Pere Marquette State Park in Illinois via. ferries across the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. That used to be one of our favorite rides. On a short detour coming back is the Wittman Hotel in Brussels, Il. They serve a HUGE family style fried chicken dinner with lots of courses and lots and lots of sides. Home made pie is included. It's all real good.

Probably not the kind of snack you were thinking of but it beats the hell out of a granola bar..
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+1 on fig bars. Cheap and has fruit for quick energy and cookie for further out.
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My acid reflux plays freaking havoc with roadie food. Rides of 50 miles or less I can get buy with a couple of cliff or fiber one bars but my favorite roadie food are a bagel sandwich of peanut butter and ham/turkey ham. I always carry plent of antacid tablets. I'm considering switching to a hoagie style roll for jersey stuffability and adding some gel packs.
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Some of my favorites are banana chips and raisins, chewy granola bars, and a tropical trail mix (lots of dried fruit in it) I get from the local grocery store.
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Gu gel, Hammer bars, Clif Shot Blocks, or Clif bars. If I'm at a convenience store I'll get fig bars and granola bars.
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I stick with Clif bars and Clif crunchy "granola" bars along with a banana. Water only since I cannot tolerate the various energy and electrolyte drinks. Never had any problems with a bonk or dehydration, thankfully and, I have to be extremely careful about dehydration, it's life or death, literally, with my renal disease.

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Originally Posted by Axel Grime View Post
I'm just getting back into cycling and riding long enough to have to pack snacks. Crunchy granola and banana s has worked out well. Energy bars not so much anymore. Would like to hear what others are consuming when riding ?

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I always suspected that the snack thing is more dynamic than I believed. The length of the ride, the intensity, the food eaten the day before the ride, the fluids and nutrition taken during the ride (what intervals).

I think we generalize and stick to what we believe to work for us, until we do a different ride and what we thought to work, doesn't work.

For instance, high intensity, cramps. And then the over eating or fluids, nausea.
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I eat well prior to the ride, carry little packages of fruit snacks and an energy bar but if riding during mealtime I will plan a stop somewhere.
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I forgot to mention Hammer Endurolytes. On long days (80+miles) in high heat I am prone to cramping. Endurolytes are amazing and quick acting.
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Originally Posted by Jseis View Post
but my favorite roadie food are a bagel sandwich of peanut butter and ham/turkey ham.
Do you do anything to help keep it cool until ready to eat? It easily gets over 100° in the summer where I am, so I am cautious of bringing anything that is heat sensitive like meat.
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Do you do anything to help keep it cool until ready to eat? It easily gets over 100° in the summer where I am, so I am cautious of bringing anything that is heat sensitive like meat.
I used to favor chicken sandwiches or bacon and tomatoe sandwiches when I worked on road construction and never had a problem with those things after only a few hours. The Canadian bacon that I carry in a ricecake hasn't bothered me yet on 60 milers. I plan on carrying two on a century, only one with the Canadian bacon for midway.
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