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If it's anywhere near 2 hours or more I will. I've read that your body can only store enough muscle energy for two hours. I try to stop and eat before that, so I don't get the bonk.
 

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How long of a ride does it have to be for you guys before you bring some type of nutrition with you (powerbar, gel, etc.)?
If I am going to ride further than 30 miles or so, I will bring a ClifBar with me. However, I usually do not eat it unless the ride is 40+ miles or so. Most of my long rides pass convenience stores or gas stations, so I don't feel the need to carry a lot of food with me. If I get hungry, I usually can find a place to buy something. After an uneaten ClifBar has sat in a jersey pocket for a couple of hours on a warm day, it really is not very appetizing. I like to have one as an "insurance policy," but more often or not, it ends up in the trash can after the ride rather than in my stomach.
 

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Up to 40 miles, I'm good. Beyond that, food 'iz nize'... though ymmv.

I used to ride with a bunch of older gentlemen who insisted on riding 12 miles, stopping at a small-town restaurant to eat, and then riding the 12 miles back.

I don't think they were ever in any danger of 'hitting the wall', lol...


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You guys are taking it way too easy if you ride for 2 hours without calories. :)

I generally take at least one gel every 40-60 minutes depending on how long and hard I train. The longer the ride the more often I take calories.
 

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You guys are taking it way too easy if you ride for 2 hours without calories. :)

I generally take at least one gel every 40-60 minutes depending on how long and hard I train. The longer the ride the more often I take calories.
Eh, I dunno... marathon runners usually don't have huuuge problems with 'hitting the wall' until 18-20 miles in... which for the average LD runner is around 3 hours.

Of course, some ppl are more sensitive than others. It sure doesn't hurt to pick at something.

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MarkS said:
If I am going to ride further than 30 miles or so, I will bring a ClifBar with me. However, I usually do not eat it unless the ride is 40+ miles or so.
Exact same here. Maybe I'll eat 1/3 or half for a 2 hour ride. I
 

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if i know i'll be out about 2 hours or more, i bring a couple bars or gels. then i'll start eating 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 into the ride.
 

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I've got a regular 3 hour ride that I do without bringing food. BUT I have to eat a meal just before the ride. I've heard the 2 hr rule too, so I guess what I already had on board from the previous meal covers the first hour, and the meal just eaten starts adding fuel to the system about an hour into the ride. I usually drink all Gatorade rather than straight water on those rides, and I always take some jells in case I'm feeling a little bonky toward the end.

I've tried to do the ride without eating a meal first or by just stuffing down a quick snack before, and it does not work well. The last hour of the ride becomes a very slow motion train wreck.
 

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MarkS said:
If I am going to ride further than 30 miles or so, I will bring a ClifBar with me. However, I usually do not eat it unless the ride is 40+ miles or so. Most of my long rides pass convenience stores or gas stations, so I don't feel the need to carry a lot of food with me. If I get hungry, I usually can find a place to buy something. After an uneaten ClifBar has sat in a jersey pocket for a couple of hours on a warm day, it really is not very appetizing. I like to have one as an "insurance policy," but more often or not, it ends up in the trash can after the ride rather than in my stomach.
I will go about 30 miles without anything but water. My favorite convenience-store food is a Payday -- sugar, salt, peanuts.
 
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