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Road Cycling

Discussion in 'Pedal Powered' started by FrenchTart, 29 Jun 2016.

  1. SoliD

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  2. Beenom

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    Absolutely! There's no way I'd purchase at rrp. But at this price I couldn't say no:

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    Protein bar has a best before date of Feb 2022, carb drink (320kcal!) Apr 2023, gel and bar Aug 2022, although I'll have no issues consuming these beyond those dates :cry:.
     
  3. Martynt74

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    That's impressive for a carb drink, i usually use their SIS Go and that's only around 190kcal.

    Those energy bake things are pretty tasty too i think.
     
  4. AndyCr15

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    Yeah, I just noticed it's like 300+ cals! Could be handy for some of my trips next summer though. I bought 11 of the packs, to get free postage too. Not bad for a touch over £20 really.
     
  5. Martynt74

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    Let me know how it tastes, i wonder if it might taste a little "thick" rather than the normal stuff. Might make it trickier to digest on runs. Although i guess it still needs to work in a sports bottle.

    Good shout on buying 11 packs actually, it makes it decent value. I have the annual postage thing so might order a few to use that!
     
  6. Shadowness

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    Beta fuel and Maurten 320 are my go to for long rides. Taste wise, Beta fuel is ok. I bought a batch of orange ones on sale, I get on with it ok. Maurten is like sweet water, it doesn't really have a flavour, but it's easy to get down and does the job.
     
  7. xdcx

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    We have here a fella who has never experienced an out of date lumpy gel yet.... That'll change you for life :p
     
  8. Martynt74

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    I've had some 2 years out of date and not lumpy. What the hell are you buying? :p
     
  9. xdcx

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    I think most gels I consume are out of date and 99% of the time are fine.
    Just you wait! :p
     
  10. SoliD

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    Haha its like strong alcohol with the stuff they put in them there is no way they can ever really Go bad...
     
  11. Martynt74

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    It's just too easy. I tend to only use gels when running over 2 hours, below that and i'm generally fine with just a carb drink. However i often buy huge packs of them when they're on sale and they sit in the cupboard until a time comes that i actually need them!
     
  12. Roady

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    This!

    For someone who had 'mixed results' and after effects from some gels, I only a couple of times had them out of date. Once or twice I had a lumpy or suspect kinda odd/off taste to them so was very dubious! :rolleyes:
     
  13. AndyCr15

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    On the verge of booking an Mallorca Cycling trip next March. Any suggestions/advice on a bike box?
     
  14. SoliD

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    Bikeboxalan
     
  15. AndyCr15

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    Hmm, I'd probably be hoping to find a second hand one at those prices. What are thoughts on the Planet X one for £149?
     
  16. Martynt74

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    I know you obviously have a very good bike, but depending on how long you’re going for, does it not make more sense to just hire something for a week over there?

    Hugely less hassle/risk and I’d have thought price would be similar due to the charges airlines charge.
    Obviously it depends on whether you can hire a comparable bike I guess.
     
  17. SoliD

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    Fly ba, bike included. Bike hire currently is about 250 per week for an average 105 type bike. I find taking a bike isn't that much hassle, my missus usually checks it in for me whilst I park with another bag of luggage and shes pretty small and not that strong.

    @AndyCr15 no clubs local to you that may have one to rent? Could borrow my evoc one but you'd have to come collect it.
     
  18. AndyCr15

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    The extra was £90. For 5 days the bikes started at £100 and definitely weren't comparable to mine. I was tempted to go all out and hire a £12k bike for the trip, but would be around £500 :cry:

    Very kind of you to offer, as it goes one of my cycle club buddies has offered me his BBA for the trip, so looks like we're all sorted :)

    All in I've paid about £600 for five days cycling in Mallorca, my own single room, extra leg room on the flight. Was more than I originally planned, but doesn't seem too bad.
     
  19. Martynt74

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    Ah that's fair enough then. I know i've made similar decisions before with my paddle board vs renting, i just wasn't sure how prices were for hires and there's the benefit of reduced risk of damage etc. I guess it makes more of a difference when it's a proper cycling holiday vs just going out a couple of times for rides.



    £600 for 5 days including flights and accommodation seems pretty decent to be fair. Is this in place of the NC500 trip or as well as?
     
  20. AndyCr15

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    No, as well. I'm also going to the Alps with my local cycle club in late June. If I'm having some time off work, I want to make the most of it!