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Old 08-23-17, 03:39 PM
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Curious to know what you eat during rides

Talking to a friend he's adamant that the only thing one should consume during rides besides water and Gatorade is gels. I normally eat some small seeds and fruits (raisins, almonds, peanuts, etc) during the ride and stop and eat a banana or a granola bar mid ride, which also helps me stretch my legs before continuing.

What do you guys eat on long (50miles or more) rides?

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My favorite is boiled potatoes cubed, mixed with elbow or seashell macaroni pan fried with olive oil and salt into a zip baggie. Otherwise a Cliffbar, figbars, a sandwich and muffin at a deli, maybe a coke, Cheetos. On 100+ mile rides. If I feel bonky, Nestle's Quik or chocolate milk.
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Many combinations of food (meat & potatoes) will sap your energy as the stomach digests it. I stick to simple things like granola bars or better yet, chocolate. Chocolate is just sugar which is just glucose which is the thing the body needs for energy. This is on a long ride, anything under 2 hours I don't even need a drink really.
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Gels rot your teeth and I only bring them on very long rides. Gatorade turns my stomach.

Granola is loaded with cholesterol which is a no-no for some of us.

On gravel bike with a frame pack I might bring a 6 oz can of V8 and a turkey wrap. I sometimes bring half a bagel in a ziplock.

Otherwise gels, Gu Blocks, Honey Stinger waffles, water, NUUN electrolyte tabs are all carried in my jersey pocket.

Dill pickle potato chips are a favorite at a store stop.

2 hours on the bike without a drink and I'd be dying.


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Besides in my water with the NUUN tablets,

I will eat Granola bars, PB&J uncrustables or like deal. if its a longer ride and not super hot I will have a simple wrap, jerky. Don't know if they are a good food for riding but the applesauce squeez packs my kid get for his lunchbox. I love those.

I always carry a gel for emergency energy crashes, don't normally use them unless I am on a ride of 3+ hours. But they do a good job.

I don't like the gummy type gel chew type. They just are to rough on my stomach and I get headaches from them for some reason.
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Originally Posted by coominya
Many combinations of food (meat & potatoes) will sap your energy as the stomach digests it. I stick to simple things like granola bars or better yet, chocolate. Chocolate is just sugar which is just glucose which is the thing the body needs for energy. This is on a long ride, anything under 2 hours I don't even need a drink really.
Simple things, yes. Chocolate, no. Chocolate bars do have a lot of sugar but they also have a large amount of fat. Fats are the foods that take more energy to digest and can lead to stomach upset.

I most certainly agree that eating foods that are easy to digest is the key. Chocolate just doesn't happen to be one of them.

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Granola is loaded with cholesterol which is a no-no for some of us.



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Sorry but that's not true. I've reviewed a number of granola and granola bar nutritional labels and almost all of them have 0g cholesterol.
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I've tried lots of things. And I'm thinking that everyone is different. Sometimes I like different things on different rides.... sometimes I like different things at different times during the ride. But... I try to eat real food when I can, and save the gels for when I get into trouble. The one thing I can always seem to get down is the various energy gummies. When I get really behind on food, I go to the gummies.

But as much real food as I can do - seem to stomach it longer. (I've had digestive issues on rides over 200 miles... so I'm always trying new things.)
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I eat because of low blood sugars, I bring sugary things like jelly beans, other candy that won't melt. no chocolate, it will melt. On an organized ride last week I ate a couple of bananas because that were at the turn around point because they were free, I don't normally bring bananas on my rides. Apples are really refreshing and always seem to give me instant relief.
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Good chocolate. Water with Nuun in it. Beer.

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Local food.


I guess different regions/countries have different habits, but here many local cycling groups/clubs/buddies decide on where to ride depending on what they feel like eating on that day. "Let's ride to X today, there's a great chicken rice store nearby", or "let's do a 100km spin around Y, stopping at MacDonalds for a sundae/apple pie/etc along the way", or "let's climb Z today, the ice kacang store along the route is great".
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Originally Posted by cyccommute



Sorry but that's not true. I've reviewed a number of granola and granola bar nutritional labels and almost all of them have 0g cholesterol.

Not that simple. Saturated fats are the culprit. A package can say zero dietary cholesterol but still CAUSE high cholesterol.

Fat – Some types of dietary fat are good for you, but only in moderation. Many granola manufacturers, however, make heavy use of oils, which can increase the fat and calorie content. Watch out for processed fats, such as partially hydrogenated soybean or peanut oil. These fats are made by hydrogenation, adding hydrogen to unsaturated fats. This process creates fats that are less likely to spoil than naturally occurring oils, thus extending the shelf life of processed foods. However, research studies show that processed fats can increase unhealthy LDL cholesterol and lower healthy high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which increases a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease.
A good example is coconut oil. It contains zero cholesterol. Yet it is pure artery clogging saturated fat.

But despite popular health claims about coconut oil, a report from the American Heart Association recently advised against its use, stating that it increases LDL cholesterol (a cause of cardiovascular disease) and has no known offsetting effects.
Many granolas are slathered with coconut oil, or worse. Sure there are many 100% organic and healthy granolas out there. But there are also many that are no different than eating a candy bar.
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Bottles of Ensure are my favorite quick snack. Slam one of those while refilling my bottles from my 2L Platypus soft bottle.
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Regarding digestion timing ..... How Long Does it Take Food to Digest? - Your Fibro Support

which relates to blood being used for digestion instead of muscles. Eating nuts and seeds will make you feel full and takes a good amount of time for the energy to be delivered.

Gels have been formulated to digest QUICKLY, within minutes, and thus providing the energy QUICKLY.

Half of a banana with almond butter, a few Medjool dates, Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar/beet root juice/pickle juice before an easy 50 miles with CrankSports e-Fuel in my water bottle during and always have some Clif Shot Chocolate Cherry 100mg caffeine gel, CrankSports e-gels and Nutter Butter in pockets just in case I want to eat something.

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I like to carry my snacks and avoid group rides that focus on a destination to stop and chow.
Some of my favorite items I carry are a banana, butterscotch hard candy, and a trail mix with dried apricots/raisins/cashews.
I carry gels for any emergencies, but avoid them otherwise.
I also use nuun in four flavors for variety.
No sandwich or chocolate for me until I return from my ride, they both are rewards that should be enjoyed.
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In the past few years my longest rides have been 2 hours so I don't eat during a ride.
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Hammer Perpetuem, Cliff Bars and sometimes gels for road rides.

When I am touring, anything I want and can get.
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I carry gel shots, water in one bottle and Nuuns/water in the second bottle (+extra tabs on long rides). At stops, I prefer bananas, pbj's, the odd cookie, and pickle juice.
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I don't eat anything unless I'm going longer than 40 miles or so. Then I'll bring a Cliff bar or two. Something I can eat while I'm riding. That's about it. If I'm doing a century ride it's organized and they always have stuff at the rest points. I see some people on a club ride and they'll have half their kitchen stuffed in their pockets.
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I see some people on a club ride and they'll have half their kitchen stuffed in their pockets.
Heh. See post #2 above.
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Some of the rest stops on organized rides give me the heebie-jeebies.

I saw a volunteer filling one of those cylindrical Gatorade coolers with a common garden hose and have seen riders using the porta-potty and then picking up food at the table with their bare hands.

Be careful out there.


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During my average 3 to 4 hour rides, I seldom eat anything. On occasion I might stop for an ice cream cone.
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If I'm on a longer ride (say, over 45 miles) by myself, just a normal lunch at some point. Ok, maybe something more sensible than my normal Little Caesars or Taco Bell, but still nothing cycling special.

Other than that, I'm not a big eater. I'll stop at the rest stops on organized rides and grab a banana or an energy bar because I've already "paid" for it, but I rarely carry anything with me.
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet
Not that simple. Saturated fats are the culprit. A package can say zero dietary cholesterol but still CAUSE high cholesterol.
Causing the formation of cholesterol is very different from "being loaded with cholesterol". None of the ones I looked at...Google gave me about a dozen...have high saturated fat contents as well.

But, in the grand scheme of things, you aren't living on granola bars. Two or 3 granola bars over the course of a 50 mile bike ride isn't going to clog your arteries. It has some impact but less then many other factors.
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my normal Little Caesars or Taco Bell

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