long distance fuel

Discussion in 'Time Trial, Long Distance and Endurance' started by meadows, 27 Sep 2017.

  1. meadows

    meadows Active Member

    North Devon , UK
    Hi as a newbie to longer distance cycle rides, can I ask for some advice regarding food. I am used to carrying gels, bars etc but as I am hoping to complete more day tours and perhaps even some multi day rides. I would like to become as self sufficent as possible so plan to carry a stove etc.
  2. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti
    All you need is normal food. What ever takes your fancy. For cooking, Pasta and tinned foods. For on the go, sandwiches, pork pies etc
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  3. Yellow Saddle

    Yellow Saddle Veteran

    Loch side.
    Get off the gels and bars. They're just sugar bombs and keep you in a constant glucose coma. Eat real food.
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  4. Jason

    Jason Senior Member

    Carnaby Street
    keep a gel handy as a last resort, but real food is far better for you imo. home made flap jacks are easy to bake and carry. Tinned food won't perish, but there is the weight penalty, why not buy supplies at the last store before entering wilderness areas
  5. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    I tip if you decide to heat/cook food on the stove, take a good strong carrier bag to put the pots into before they go back in the pannier/saddlebag.
  6. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Guru

    Use cafe stops during your ride. Eat good wholesome food. Not the crap you get in gels.
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  7. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    Long time ago, I used to carry a stove when I rode with a mate. We used to cook bacon and eggs for lunch. I still recall making him a perfect egg, hard on non-stick pans and then as I went to take it out I burnt my hand on the edge of the pan. The resultant twitch flipped his perfect egg straight over his head into the field behind. He didn't forgive me for the rest of the day.
  8. Cronorider

    Cronorider Well-Known Member

    Just pointing out that gels are useful when doing hard workouts or riding distance at a higher pace. They do have a purpose and work well for me.
  9. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    At least have some porridge for breakfast. It's wonderful stuff and you can make it in a microwave in three minutes, eating it out of the bowl it was cooked in.
  10. Profpointy

    Profpointy Guru

    Surely 10 second rules apply so you could just have picked it up again. Blow on it first to remove any germs if you're particularly OCD about such things
  11. srw

    srw It's a bit more complicated than that...

    When the OP suggested carrying a stove, I don't think a large lump of metal and a generator was quite what they had in mind.

    My favourite stove for touring belongs to a hotel.
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  12. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
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  13. growingvegetables

    growingvegetables Guru

  14. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    It was no longer a perfect egg, plus my twitch launched it a fair distance and he just kind of sat there open mouthed in shock, holding his plate.
  15. OP

    meadows Active Member

    North Devon , UK
    I was actually thinking of towing a burger van complete with pancake hot plate but on second thoughts maybe I should just scale it down to a compact camping stove!!! :tongue::laugh::tongue:
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