Question: I don’t care for commercial energy bars. What else can I use for fuel on long rides? — John W.
Coach Fred Matheny Replies: If you don’t like the taste or texture of bars, you won’t eat them. And if you don’t eat on a long ride, you’ll begin feeling the lack of energy after a couple of hours.
For decades before the mid 1980s, cyclists didn’t have energy bars and they still rode long distances. What you need is food that’s moist, tasty and easy to chew and swallow.
If it can be broken into bite-sized pieces and not turn to crumbs during the ride, so much the better.
Here are just some of many possibilities:
- pieces of apple or orange in a plastic bag
- raisins, figs, dates
- fruit bars
- cream-cheese-and-jelly sandwiches with the crust cut off, wrapped in aluminum foil
- soft cookies such as Fig Newtons
- candy bars that taste better to you than energy bars