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Stopping to eat

Old 01-20-09, 10:12 PM
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Stopping to eat

At least once a week, I like to take a nice long training ride (5-6hours or so). I've been on my touring bike, so I always had a lock and such with me, so stopping for a bite to eat was easy. Now I have a road bike coming in the next week or so. Camera, cell phone, iPod, shot blocks, tube and mini tool are all that I want to carry in my jersey pockets. How in the world can I stop for a bite to eat if the urge hits me? Am I just stuck eating Clif bars all day? What do you guys do?
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I park my bike outside the restaurant where I can see it. Usually lean it up against a wall with windows.
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Old 01-20-09, 10:24 PM
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Use a wedgie bag under the seat to carry a little cable lock, and one of these for snacks while riding http://www.axiomgear.com/product/bag...uct.php?id=101
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I haven't stopped in the middle of a ride for a meal yet. I just eat Power Bars and Clif Bars and stuff like that.

My longest rides are only about 6 hours so far. When I do end up stopping at a gas station for water or whatever, I just lean my bike outside where it is visible from inside (against a window). Even if it isn't in my view because I'm in the bathroom or something, I assume that the gas station attendant will notice if someone other than me rides away on the bike.

A lot of places let you bring them inside. Ask the hostess if you can leave you bike in the foyer or something, or if you leave it outside the window if she can keep an eye on it.

Also depends on the city/ruralness, etc.
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in rural areas, i wouldn't worry at all. in urban areas, just keep an eye on it and be ready to run/yell if you see somebody take off with it.

better yet, just bring food you can carry, like peanuts & bananas (some like the gels/gu's). then you don't even have to stop to eat. or make a burrito and carry it, that's worked for me in the past.

you can even get a (small) handlebar bag to carry extra food, it can come in handy.
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Am I just stuck eating Clif bars all day?

yes
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Old 01-20-09, 10:33 PM
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use the drive through
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IF I stop somewhere to eat (a lot more common when I was getting started), I would pick somewhere with outside seating and sit with/near my bike.
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Originally Posted by Lebowski View Post
use the drive through
Good luck with that... many won't allow bikes.
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Frozen tamales are your friends. Put one in your back pocket, in a couple of hours it's thawed, corn husk wrapper is biodegradable.

Seriously, find someplace with seating outside, or just grab something from a convenience store.
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stay away from cliff bars with peanut butter!
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Originally Posted by jdott View Post
Am I just stuck eating Clif bars all day?
no, you could eat Lara Bars. They taste much better than Clif bars.
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if i stop somewhere to eat (a lot more common when i was getting started), i would pick somewhere with outside seating and sit with/near my bike.
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no, you could eat lara bars. They taste much better than clif bars.
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Noone's ever stopped me from bringing my front wheel into the dining area.
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I Fred it up, wear a backpack with a lock, extra clothes and food, and make a day trip of it.
If I had the right bike, I'd get one of these or one of these for the longer trips.

Unless you're actually training for a race, why not carry stuff?
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Who stops for lunch on a ride?
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use the drive through
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you could probably fit a couple "uncrustables" pbj sandwhiches in your jersey pockets, they are small and will thaw out nicely after a few hours.
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Take some money along for a tea stop, enough for tea and toasted teacakes, or some similarly civilised refreshments. Enjoy a tea stop halfway if the ride is long enough that you'd need/enjoy one. And carry bananas, museli bars or flapjacks in your pockets to munch as you ride. If you want to spend more money, you could buy stuff that comes in garish wrappers labelled "ENERGY BAR!!!" as though it makes you go faster, but I assure you that flapjack has been scientifically demonstrated to contain calories too...
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Originally Posted by momof4greatkids View Post
no, you could eat Lara Bars. They taste much better than Clif bars.
Make that +2 now (I cant eat cliff bars anyway but lara bars sure do taste good)
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you could probably fit a couple "uncrustables" pbj sandwhiches in your jersey pockets, they are small and will thaw out nicely after a few hours.
I tried this with gluten free bread. Let me tell you it was a disaster. Bread falls appart and absorbs all the goo its so dry and gross. On the other hand bagels with cream cheese cut in quarters works great , or hummus, or thick peanutbutter.
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I park my bike outside the restaurant where I can see it. Usually lean it up against a wall with windows.
I don't stop at fast food retaurants to eat, but to use the bathrooms and hence be (briefly) out of view of my bike. When I'm riding in outer suburbia, or exurbia, where everybody drives and the fast food joints are designed to accomadate cars, I will leave my bike outside, figuring I'll be quick and any nefarious patrons will be inconvenienced, and conspicuous if they had to load my bike into their vehicle. Even better, many of these places, e.g. Mac Donald's and Dunkin Donuts, have pretty wide vestibules inside their doors to further secure the bike. I don't ask permission and I've never been hassled. I try to be extra polite and hold doors open.

At one usual stop on my daily commute, I left a $10 tip on New Year's Day with one of the regulars and she said no big deal, they're public restrooms, but I don't know if that is corporate policy.
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Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
I park my bike outside the restaurant where I can see it. Usually lean it up against a wall with windows.
Makes me nervous every time.


I'm not suggesting that the roadie with cleated shoes and a tuna sandwich in one hand would loose in a 100m sprint over an adrenaline pumped thief but...

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Who stops for lunch on a ride?
Probably every Euro-Pro who puts in 5-6 hours a day in the off season stops a couple of times for coffee/pee break/pastry
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