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Any recommendations for energy bars and such?

Old 05-22-11, 11:06 AM
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Any recommendations for energy bars and such?

Just something for halfway through a mild 25-50 mile ride doing a steady pace.

Best/worst bars to get?
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I highly recommend the Thunderbird Energy bars. All natural, made in Austin and they are one of the most popular energy bars sold at my LBS. https://www.thunderbirdenergetica.com/
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Haven't tried many from the store, but I run great on home made granola bars.
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I like clif bars. Taste great, natural enrgy
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What would un-natural energy be?
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^^ Apparently their marketing is working.

OP - some like fig newtons, bananas, or some like gels. Anything less than 50-60 miles and I'm not eating during the ride. Over that I'm taking something, maybe a banana or cliff bar, but doesn't really matter much. Also, like hammer gel for those long rides. Experiment to see what works for you.
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Homemade chocolate chip cookies FTW!!! But unless you're going hard or pre ride nutrition was not adequate you shouldn't need to eat on a ride of that length.
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I've had sucuess with the Cliff energy gels and blocs
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Originally Posted by FLvector View Post
^^ Apparently their marketing is working.

OP - some like fig newtons, bananas, or some like gels. Anything less than 50-60 miles and I'm not eating during the ride. Over that I'm taking something, maybe a banana or cliff bar, but doesn't really matter much. Also, like hammer gel for those long rides. Experiment to see what works for you.
this. for rides shorter than 50mi i dont need to eat. longer/ more intense rides i like gels. hammer is my choice for these. the key to the shorter rides is to eat well before the ride and stay hydrated during the ride.

ill aslo add that cliff shot blocks are nice as well as power bar gel blasts. i just dont use them as much as the gels.
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Look outside the box, fig bars, peanutbutter sandwiches are allways good.
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All great ideas, thanks!
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If you're curious about gels, I definitely recommend the Hammer gels. They taste WAY better than the Powerbar gels, fyi.
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Originally Posted by JustinHorne View Post
If you're curious about gels, I definitely recommend the Hammer gels. They taste WAY better than the Powerbar gels, fyi.
isnt that the truth!! right now ive been using orange.

i think i might just buy one of those jugs the next time though. i have some of those gel flasks and it would likely be cheaper in the long run. anyone do this?
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I make my own no bake power bars... it only takes a few minutes and keep the dreaded bonk at bay.

Take one cup of honey and one cup of natural unsalted peanut / almond butter and warm these in a saucepan until smooth, add 3 cups rolled oats and a cup of whatever else be that; chocolate chips (limit this to 1/3 cup) sunflower seeds or almonds (raw or roasted), dried fruit like cranberries or raisins and then press it into an 8 by 8 pan and let chill for a few hours.

Can also use 1/2 cup honey with 1/2 cup of maple syrup which makes them taste less sweet.

Makes 8 bars that have 250 - 300 calories (depending on ingredients) and can be cut into 16 smaller bars as they do pack a punch. Honey offers an immediate energy boost (few things are better), oats provide a more sustained release of energy, and they have about 10 grams of protein per bar with moderate fat content.

Cost per bar is 30-40 cents and they can be wrapped in foil or saran for packability.

Have tossed these at folks during group rides and noticed that everyone's pace picked up a little and they taste better than pre-made power bars which are pricey.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
I make my own no bake power bars... it only takes a few minutes and keep the dreaded bonk at bay.

Take one cup of honey and one cup of natural unsalted peanut / almond butter and warm these in a saucepan until smooth, add 3 cups rolled oats and a cup of whatever else be that; chocolate chips (limit this to 1/3 cup) sunflower seeds or almonds (raw or roasted), dried fruit like cranberries or raisins and then press it into an 8 by 8 pan and let chill for a few hours.Can also use 1/2 cup honey with 1/2 cup of maple syrup which makes them taste less sweet.

Makes 8 bars that have 250 - 300 calories (depending on ingredients) and can be cut into 16 smaller bars as they do pack a punch. Honey offers an immediate energy boost (few things are better), oats provide a more sustained release of energy, and they have about 10 grams of protein per bar with moderate fat content.

Cost per bar is 30-40 cents and they can be wrapped in foil or saran for packability.

Have tossed these at folks during group rides and noticed that everyone's pace picked up a little and they taste better than pre-made power bars which are pricey.
I do something very similar. combine the cup of honey and cup of natural peanut butter in a saucepan then add 3 cups of oats. Then I add one crushed dark chocolate bar (crush before mixing the PB and honey) while it's still warm. The recipe I saw said to use at least 70% cacao. Then press into a pan and chill. They are absolutely delicious.

Also I agree with those recommending Hammer gels...a great product!
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Halfway through a 25 mile ride- nothing.
Halfway through a 50 mile ride- stop at convenience store, get banana, chocolate milk or something like that.
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Why spend the money, have wrappers to mess with, and end up with a dry mouth.
Take equal parts of Raisins, Golden raisins, Crasins (Cranberries), dried blueberries and salted almonds. This mixture gives protein, fiber, fat, carbs and fiber. Best of all it stimulates the salivary glands so you don't end up with a dry, gummed up mouth. A mouthful every 30-45 minutes and your cookin.
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I mainly take nature valley fruit & nut bars on longer rides or a clif bar. I'll only eat if i go past 50 miles, i bring a hammer flask with a few servings of gel on every ride just in case. I usually eat a good breakfast or brunch before i head out so i usually don't need to eat on my rides.
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Originally Posted by M_FactorX19 View Post
isnt that the truth!! right now ive been using orange.

i think i might just buy one of those jugs the next time though. i have some of those gel flasks and it would likely be cheaper in the long run. anyone do this?
Yes, buy the 3 pack and refill the flask when needed. Try huckleberry, good stuff. Lookup 3 jug deal.
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Originally Posted by surgeonstone View Post
Why spend the money, have wrappers to mess with, and end up with a dry mouth.
Take equal parts of Raisins, Golden raisins, Crasins (Cranberries), dried blueberries and salted almonds. This mixture gives protein, fiber, fat, carbs and fiber. Best of all it stimulates the salivary glands so you don't end up with a dry, gummed up mouth. A mouthful every 30-45 minutes and your cookin.
Around here, the only way to get raisins, cranberries, etc. is to buy them, and they come in wrappers anyway, or, if you mix them together, I would put it in a baggie, and that's another wrapper.

By the way, Reece's Peanut Butter Cups and M&M's are hard to beat, too.

And don't forget Product W: https://sheldonbrown.com/w.html
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When I ride, my taste goes to hell. So, there is very little I can tolerate taste wise. Oddly enough, powerbars of the peanut butter flavor do fine by me. However, the one thing I love to this date more than anything else is Bonkbreakers. They are simply awesome. No relation to them other than being a customer. Anything Hammer Nutrition and I want to puke!!
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How does one bring one serving of Hammer Gel with them from the large bottle?
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Snickers bar with a few caps of speed pressed into it.
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how does one bring one serving of hammer gel with them from the large bottle?
flask!
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Clif bars. Favorites are white chocolate macadamia nut, black cherry almond and of course chocolate chip. I also take a few Nature Valley granola bars. I like the oats & honey and apple crisp. Their cashew soft bars are good too.
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