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Gatorade G Series Fit 01 Prime Pre-Workout Fuel Energy Bites

If you began cycling more than just a few weeks ago you have already figured out that you need to “top off the tank” or “fuel up” before you ride. If you go out for a long ride on an empty stomach you are going to use up all of your energy reserves before you hit the 20th mile. One of the many commercially prepared products to help you get a good start is the Gatorade G Series Fit 01 Prime Pre-Workout Fuel Energy Bites. These energy bites are available in three flavors: Banana Nut Chocolate, Cranberry-Pistachio, and Raisin-Cinnamon Flax.

Gatorade G Series Fit 01 Prime Pre-Workout Fuel Energy Bites

Gatorade G Series Fit 01 Prime Pre-Workout Fuel Energy Bites

I recently bought a package of the Banana Nut Chocolate flavored energy bites and this review is based upon this flavor alone. Inside the package are four small bites, each wrapped in a separate sealed tub. The recommended serving size is four bites (the entire package) and one serving has 230 calories. The ingredient list is not too bad: almonds, peanuts, invert syrup, freeze dried bananas, oat flour, whey protein isolate, glycerin, semisweet chocolate chips, water potato starch, soy lecithin, maltodextrin, natural flavor, citric acid, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, natural mixed tocopherols, and palm oil.

The good news is that these energy bites contain 31 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of protein, 65mg of sodium and 220mg of potassium per serving. The bad news is they taste like sawdust. Our family used to go camping and I always took a package of fire starter blocks to start a camp fire. The Gatorade Energy Bites look a lot like those fire starter blocks, but the Gatorade bites are drier and have less flavor. These energy bites are horrible! If you eat these bites before a race you might not win the Ironman competition, but you will get the “Iron Stomach” award. The Gatorade Energy Bites have an expiration date and the package I tried still had two months to go before expiration. After I took the first bite I checked the expiration date again just to make sure I had the correct year.

The Gatorade Energy Bites sell for around $3 a package, which about $2.80 more than they are worth.

 

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Spenco Ironman T.2 Elite Cycling Gloves

The manufacturer of my favorite cycling gloves recently downgraded the quality of their gloves, so I’ve tried to find a suitable replacement. This past week I rode 140 miles with the Spenco Ironman T.2 Cycling Gloves and have been very impressed.

Spenco Ironman T2.2 Elite Cycling Gloves

Spenco Ironman T.2 Elite Cycling Gloves

Nearly every glove manufacturer offers some sort of gel glove, but most of the ones I’ve tried are too thin to be of any value. The Spenco Ironman T.2 Elite gloves have five gel-pads (6 mm thick) in each palm to reduce road shock, fatigue and numbness in the hands and they actually work as advertised.

These gloves have two other features I really like. First, they are the easiest gloves to take off I’ve ever used due to their patented “Rip-It” closure system. Second, the terry wipe on these gloves is the largest I’ve ever seen on a cycling glove—this will come in handy on hot and humid summer days.

The Spenco gloves also come with a “one-year unconditional guarantee.” The packaging attached to the gloves says they offer: “A money back guarantee if not completely satisfied with our gloves for any reason.” These gloves are really well-made, so I doubt if they have many people trying to take them up on their offer.

The Spenco Ironman T.2 Elite gloves are not cheap. The retail price is $50, but the local bike shop I use had them on the rack for $40.

 

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