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05-07-21, 11:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 878
Posted By BloomBikeShop

I have saved some energy bars and gels in limited...

I have saved some energy bars and gels in limited edition packaging, but it's more for fun. I might display the collection like artwork someday. I'm not aware of any precedent for energy bars to go...
05-03-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,297
Posted By BloomBikeShop

If you're looking for the healthiest option, and...

If you're looking for the healthiest option, and it's for post-ride recovery, I'd try to make a protein shake. Then it's just protein, water or milk, and (most likely) a bit of flavor and sweetener....
03-28-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,206
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Gatorade makes some 32 oz bottles you can often...

Gatorade makes some 32 oz bottles you can often find at any sporting goods store. The Zefal Magnum is actually less expensive though.
09-02-20, 06:00 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 9,005
Posted By BloomBikeShop

I typically consider junk miles to be rides with...

I typically consider junk miles to be rides with no purpose, objective, or goal.

Having fun is a perfectly acceptable objective!
08-09-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,117
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Sodium Chloride Calcium Chelate Magnesium...

Sodium Chloride
Calcium Chelate
Magnesium Chelate
Potassium Chelate
Manganese Chelate

Source: https://www.hammernutrition.com/endurolytes
08-04-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,906
Posted By BloomBikeShop

If I was to use straight nut butter on the bike,...

If I was to use straight nut butter on the bike, I'd go with almond butter since it's a little more balanced for the macros. I have tried those Justin's nut butter packets, and they're tasty, but I...
08-04-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,419
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Unless you're buying ENERGYbits, I'd wager it's...

Unless you're buying ENERGYbits, I'd wager it's far more cost-effective to just buy the ready-to-use stuff. Especially if you don't yet know if you're planning to take it long-term.
07-13-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,399
Posted By BloomBikeShop

I'd still go on an empty stomach, since that's...

I'd still go on an empty stomach, since that's what you've been having success with. Just add more snacks during the ride. You might not do well adding too much more fruit (due to the fiber), but...
06-14-20, 07:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,196
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Those are general recommendations based on what...

Those are general recommendations based on what your body may be able to absorb within a given timeframe. You won't be able to replace every single calorie burnt during a ride like that (nor would it...
03-30-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 862
Posted By BloomBikeShop

They work amazingly well for me. And I love the...

They work amazingly well for me. And I love the flavor selection. Highly recommended!

There are plenty of other energy gels out there, and plenty of energy gel alternatives. So you don't have to...
03-05-20, 01:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,740
Posted By BloomBikeShop

The root of the problem is not really the bike,...

The root of the problem is not really the bike, it's that there is no need to move. No obstacles, no corners, no hills, nothing. Thus, it's easy to remain in the exact same position - a recipe for...
02-02-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,822
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Halo is good but the Sweat Hawg is what works for...

Halo is good but the Sweat Hawg is what works for me. It soaks up a ton of sweat and can be wrung out periodically if necessary. (Not necessary outside, but we're talking on the trainer here!)
08-19-19, 07:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,221
Posted By BloomBikeShop

With the hardtail MTB, you can probably get...

With the hardtail MTB, you can probably get closer to your outdoor riding position. With the road bike, you get a nice change, and it gives you the option to go for a road ride outdoors should you...
07-26-19, 06:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,800
Posted By BloomBikeShop

I'm the same way. After a good weight workout I'm...

I'm the same way. After a good weight workout I'm barely hungry, if at all. But after cycling, I'm extremely hungry, especially for carbs. It requires all my willpower to stay on track. What helps me...
06-14-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,912
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Just the other day I was reading about collecting...

Just the other day I was reading about collecting (and sometimes drinking) vintage Kool-Aid packets: https://thetakeout.com/inside-black-market-vintage-kool-aid-packet-collectors-1835123510

They...
06-14-19, 08:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,912
Posted By BloomBikeShop

I can't speak to the SIS gels, but I've eaten...

I can't speak to the SIS gels, but I've eaten other various gels that were 4+ years past the best by date. Never had an issue. If it's just a sealed packet of sugar, it's probably fine.

Sometimes...
02-17-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,281
Posted By BloomBikeShop

The CycleOps Fluid 2 and the Kurt Kinetic Road...

The CycleOps Fluid 2 and the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine still seem to be the two standouts in this price range (just under $300). They've proven themselves time and again.

Like rubiksoval, I...
02-15-19, 12:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,281
Posted By BloomBikeShop

What's your budget?

What's your budget?
02-12-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,738
Posted By BloomBikeShop

The National Dairy Council will do its best to...

The National Dairy Council will do its best to make sure there isn't an English version available.
01-09-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,258
Posted By BloomBikeShop

That is cool. I'm really excited to try dried...

That is cool. I'm really excited to try dried zucchini someday - never thought of that nor heard of it before!
12-08-18, 08:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,442
Posted By BloomBikeShop

I do it for the recovery and relaxation benefits....

I do it for the recovery and relaxation benefits.

I have gravitated away from the heated flow classes, 'power yoga', etc. which are more of a workout themselves (as opposed to recovery or active...
10-13-18, 09:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,553
Posted By BloomBikeShop

I take Play Again Now...

I take Play Again Now (https://coachlevi.com/product-reviews/play-again-now-recovery-drink/) which is a liquid hyaluronic acid and MSM supplement. One bottle (~ one month) and that improves my joints...
10-09-18, 07:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,338
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Larabars are some of my favorites! The ThinkThin...

Larabars are some of my favorites! The ThinkThin bars are tasty but unfortunately they upset my stomach.

Here are some more to consider:

Bonk Breaker
NuGo
RawRev
ProBar
Rise Bar
10-07-18, 06:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,251
Posted By BloomBikeShop

The great thing about cycling is that you can get...

The great thing about cycling is that you can get fit and have a heck of a lot of fun at the same time!

So the specifics of the bike don't really matter, as long as it's one you want to ride.
09-30-18, 06:21 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,567
Posted By BloomBikeShop

I agree with the bunch that for most people,...

I agree with the bunch that for most people, multivitamins are unnecessary, it's better to eat a variety of healthy foods, and I certainly wouldn't count on a multivitamin to "take the sting out of...
09-22-18, 10:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 756
Posted By BloomBikeShop

You could hit the gym, try rock climbing (indoors...

You could hit the gym, try rock climbing (indoors (https://coachlevi.com/climb/super-fun-full-body-workout-indoor-rock-climbing-gym/)), swim, put your bike on a trainer or rollers, try a workout DVD...
09-22-18, 08:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,544
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Same here, and that's why I make it a point to...

Same here, and that's why I make it a point to take creatine, even if I'm not necessarily doing any high intensity training at the time. That... and that it's cheap, so why not?
09-14-18, 07:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 768
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Look where you want to go. Your body (and bike)...

Look where you want to go. Your body (and bike) will follow suit.

Start slow and increase speed as you increase confidence. It is also very helpful if you can find someone and watch them do it.
...
07-31-18, 07:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 644
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Crap. I've been there. I have since moved, but...

Crap. I've been there. I have since moved, but the town I used to live in still has unreliable internet, and I see we've reached the point where streaming video is the norm for training vids.

I...
07-05-18, 03:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 637
Posted By BloomBikeShop

I wouldn't expect too much of a boost from an...

I wouldn't expect too much of a boost from an electrolyte drink, but a mild sports drink (Hammer Heed, mentioned earlier, is wonderful) is worth trying to see how it works for you. I like them!

If...
07-05-18, 03:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 968
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Happens to me all the time! I'd be surprised if I...

Happens to me all the time! I'd be surprised if I wasn't covered in salt flakes after a hard ride. But your situation sounds like what canklecat described.
07-03-18, 11:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,358
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Sounds like you're adding in a lot of new...

Sounds like you're adding in a lot of new physical activity right after a period of diet and significant weight loss. You could very well just need some more [complex] carbs in your diet to make sure...
06-14-18, 08:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,222
Posted By BloomBikeShop

^^ Same here. I haven't researched them all...

^^ Same here.

I haven't researched them all in-depth, but most side effects are related to GI distress. This could be the first I've heard of them making someone sleepy.
06-13-18, 10:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,204
Posted By BloomBikeShop

This is why it's good to keep not just a training...

This is why it's good to keep not just a training log but also a food log. Over time you'll accumulate lots of data points that will help you determine what to eat during a ride, before a ride, the...
05-16-18, 07:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 873
Posted By BloomBikeShop

What it boils down to is that the coach should be...

What it boils down to is that the coach should be helping you meet/achieve your goals. That could be anything listed here already - Heathpack wrote a good list. Some people need motivation, moral...
05-01-18, 09:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,203
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Walking backwards feels wonderfully refreshing...

Walking backwards feels wonderfully refreshing for my legs.
04-30-18, 10:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,203
Posted By BloomBikeShop

If you don't build rest into your training plan,...

If you don't build rest into your training plan, your body will do it for you. Sounds like you hit that point.

You might want to take a week off the bike entirely and do other things like walking...
04-24-18, 11:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 757
Posted By BloomBikeShop

I have an Omron 3-series, model BP710. Been using...

I have an Omron 3-series, model BP710. Been using it exactly four years now. Works great!

The latest version on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Omron-Pressure-Monitor-Reading-Memory/dp/B00KPQB2KG/
04-13-18, 09:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,204
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Haha, I like that, I'd rather think of myself as...

Haha, I like that, I'd rather think of myself as a pioneer than being old! :thumb:

For sure, the tubeless-ready and UST systems I've used have been great, and other tubeless conversion methods...
04-13-18, 06:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,204
Posted By BloomBikeShop

When I've had rims with valves like that, I...

When I've had rims with valves like that, I didn't really have this problem. Well, at least not to the same extent where the valve gets glued shut.

I get the issue with the Stan's conversion kit...
04-13-18, 06:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,204
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Never tried that! Thanks!

Never tried that! Thanks!
04-06-18, 06:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,167
Posted By BloomBikeShop

One of my coworkers (a marathon runner) has...

One of my coworkers (a marathon runner) has something called a Banana Saver. It's basically a yellow plastic case shaped like a banana, designed to prevent the issue you just described! It's pretty...
03-22-18, 12:45 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,384
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Excellent advice! :thumb:

Excellent advice! :thumb:
12-19-17, 03:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,042
Posted By BloomBikeShop

The best free yoga videos I've ever come across!...

The best free yoga videos I've ever come across! :thumb:
12-19-17, 03:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,042
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Yoga is excellent! With the right teachers, you...

Yoga is excellent! With the right teachers, you should achieve all your goals. And more (https://coachlevi.com/mountain-biking/why-yoga-is-important-for-mountain-bikers/).

I'm a big fan of yin...
12-19-17, 03:00 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,263
Posted By BloomBikeShop

MyFitnessPal and Lose It are the category leaders...

MyFitnessPal and Lose It are the category leaders here. And conveniently, MyFitnessPal can be used as either a website or an app!
12-14-17, 02:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,959
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Agreed. In the past I've done 5g/day for the...

Agreed.

In the past I've done 5g/day for the first week and then 3g/day. It's cheap enough I never worried about the waste :thumb:
11-02-17, 07:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,006
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Polar is a very good option. Garmin is good....

Polar is a very good option. Garmin is good. Suunto is good but expensive. Sigma Sport is usually good and lower priced.

I'm sure there are more, too, but those are reliable brands that have been...
11-02-17, 07:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,006
Posted By BloomBikeShop

I've done it before, but just for fun. Years ago...

I've done it before, but just for fun. Years ago when I was first starting to train with heart rate on the bike, I got a kick out of wearing my heart rate monitor for all sorts of different exercises...
10-17-17, 10:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,674
Posted By BloomBikeShop

Considering the potential cost of physical...

Considering the potential cost of physical therapy and other medical expenses, the cost of a left/right capable power meter probably doesn't seem like all that much. If your doctor and therapist and...
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