Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

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Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

Postby paultheagle » 30 May 2014, 1:52pm

I'm setting off on a longish tour of the Netherlands in a week or so..

i just wondered what is everybody's preference or experiences with snack food to eat on the bike ?

i have suffered the dreaded bonk a few times on long runs and i have read its a good idea to eat at least once every hour (as well as keep rehydrated, which i am better at).

does anybody have any tips - popular foods ?

(i will probably be using a small top bar bag and usually carry a banana) :)

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Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

Postby lisap » 30 May 2014, 2:45pm

Almond Snickers all the way :D

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Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

Postby Ben@Forest » 30 May 2014, 2:57pm

I think you could get loads of answers about favourite flapjacks or energy bars but I'm just going to say that I find ice-cream a real help if you do feel a bonk coming on and if it's a really hot day which sort of suppresses your appetite. It's got lots of sugar and fat so is energy dense, it slips down easily and of course tastes good! The downside is that you can't carry it in your bar bag but if you're touring then what's the problem with stopping?

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Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

Postby Vorpal » 30 May 2014, 3:22pm

I tend to eat quite a lot of fruit. Oranges, bananas, and apples are the most common. I also take sandwiches for longer rides. I like cheese, butter, and some salad and veggies, though sometimes I will carry sliced tomatoes or something separately so as not to make the bread soggy.

I normally carry some powder mix for an energy drink, and a spare banana in case of the bonk. A half litre of energy drink + banana will usually get me to somewhere that I can rest and refuel.

Edited to add: when touring, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Don't skimp. Eat as much as you can hold & still ride comfortably. You'll burn it off, anyway.
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Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

Postby NUKe » 30 May 2014, 3:41pm

Mine is wine Gums, jelly babies taste better but I eat them too quick.

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Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

Postby Vantage » 30 May 2014, 4:17pm

Jelly babies as they're packed with carbohydrates (emergency food) and I shove 50 carbohydrates worth of glucose powder into the water in my drinks bottles.

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Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

Postby foxyrider » 30 May 2014, 4:29pm

a decent breakfast and lunch stops me bonking, stop for tea and cake as a fill up. :D
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Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

Postby stewartpratt » 30 May 2014, 4:55pm

Chocolate covered coffee beans are always handy for properly big rides…

Touring is largely an excuse to stop at as many eateries as possible, though, no? :)

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Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

Postby iandriver » 30 May 2014, 5:07pm

My emergency, get me out of jail card, is a tin of rice pudding and dried fruit. Only food I really carry. One of the joys of being out and about is the local cuisine for me, so a stop at the first available bakers for the days snacks is an absolute must.
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Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

Postby Fleetfut » 30 May 2014, 5:15pm

Banana, Flapjacks and a particular favorite is Eccles cakes. Don't know if you can get them in Holland though. :)

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Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

Postby Weimarunner » 30 May 2014, 9:05pm

Banana malt loaf, sliced and put in a sandwich bag is a must for me, don't bother with the individually wrapped ones, their dry and expensive!

A really great source of quick energy is the Powerbar ride, these have literally got me up hills and home when I'm all out of energy. They taste better than snickers but without the fat content. I find them better than cliff bars for a big smack of energy. Not cheap but great to have in your bag

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Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

Postby meic » 30 May 2014, 9:17pm

My ordinary food, I dont see cycling as a reason for eating an unbalanced diet.

I have been known to buy a Marathon (may have said something else on the label) bar, a couple of times a year when flagging seriously on an Audax.

In my bag I will have a few of the small 50g packets of Nairn Oatcakes (ginger, mixed berries or chocolate).

When stopping at Spa shops I am quite partial to a tin of cold baked beans at the roadside.

I am more inclined to eat sweets at home due to boredom, than out on the bike when I have cycling to distract me. I give away the free sample Gel packs that I sometimes I receive.
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Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

Postby coastman » 30 May 2014, 9:47pm

Simply pitted dates. Loaded with sugar and energy. Just a couple every fifteen minutes will keep the wolf from the door.

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Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

Postby mjr » 31 May 2014, 1:11am

meic speaks truth. Don't wreck your diet with junk food and think cycling means immunity. Lots of fruit is good, especially DIY trail or tropical mixes. I've been using a mix of oats, fruit, seeds, tahini and agave as an alternative to too many cereal bars recently. So far so good.
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Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

Postby DaleFTW » 31 May 2014, 10:37am

Pork pies.