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Energy Bars and alternatives

Magnitude 25 May 10:15  

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Just wondering what energy bars or other alternatives you guys have with you when out cycling and where do you get them from. I did a 40 mile trek last week and was near dead at the 35 mile mark and just needed an extra boost to get me to pick the pace up a bit, although going up 6 consecutive canal lock hills didn't help.

My Latest Route: May 2010 West Bromwich to Walsall and Wolverhampton Canal Loop
bloomp 25 May 11:14  

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Hi Magnitude,
I use SIS sachets that mix with water to 500ml drinks. There's PSP22 energy and GO>>> electrolyte mixes - ASDA for under £1 each.
I eat Nutrigrain bars, Caramac, nut mixes, suck mint imperials.
SIS mixes are the best i've found for the price unless anyone has a better brew?
It's amazing how much liquid is lost on a decent ride, i have learned from posters on this forum, drink, drink and eat !
bloomp

My Latest Route: Sep 2010 Middlesborough to Thorpe Thewles Circuit

mr.mole 25 May 23:05  

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I never realsied just how good Lucozade is, I swear by it. I usually start flagging by the 35 mile mark too, a quick drink and Im redy to go again.

Never tried the bars as Im always so thirsty id rather have a drink.
you can often pick Lucozade up in pound shops 2 for £1

And have to agree with bloomp on the nuts, Aldi some some great packs fairly cheap.
There always good to have on a long ride out



Magnitude 27 May 23:32  

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I'll be giving the Nutrigrain bars a try tomorrow when I attempt that route again, see if it helps keep me going.

Cheers guys.

Lee

My Latest Route: May 2010 West Bromwich to Walsall and Wolverhampton Canal Loop

dudley 28 May 10:06  

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i eat tracker bars.

I also use the SIS powders on a big ride, but like to have a water bottle with water in it too.
TOo much sickly sweet without a fresh rinse gets to me after a while

raisins etc too.

a banana in the back pocket is good as well.


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bloomp 28 May 15:28  

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dudley,
a banana in the back pocket feels kinda unnatural to me . . suggest you keep it in your camelback to prevent squishing ?
Did 70+ miler at weekend using SIS and Nutrigrain & nuts - downed 2.5L fluid . . boy was it HOT - views on Southport beach def worth the effort tho !!!
Agree with magnitude about canal lock ramps - from Hebden Bridge to Rochdale, there must have been 30+ up and a canny few down as well - guaranteed flat in between tho. lol.

My Latest Route: Sep 2010 Middlesborough to Thorpe Thewles Circuit

Magnitude 28 May 15:52  

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Well I made it and will be uploading that route in a bit. Last time I did this route I came off the canal too early which meant I missed part of the route, the part I missed was evil, Google Maps I hate you, you made me think the nature reserve was flat and it wasn't, it was BIG hills. Wouldn't like to do this route the opposite direction though as there's about a mile and a half hill that I'd struggle to walk up let alone try and cycle up. Was a lot of fun to cycle down though.

I took a couple of Nutri-Grain bars and a sandwich with me aswell as 2 water bottles and apart from the fact that my legs are killing I feel good.

My Latest Route: May 2010 West Bromwich to Walsall and Wolverhampton Canal Loop

dudley 28 May 17:44  

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plot your route on bikeroutetoaster.com

gives you the elevation profiles too.

My Latest Route: Nov 2009 Forth Estuary Circular

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