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When it comes to long-distance cycling and triathlon, or any other endurance event lasting many hours, hydration and nutrition are key. The most convenient way to get the calories, sodium, amino acids, and other nutritional elements you'll need to keep going strong in the saddle is via prepackaged energy bars and gels. One of the original products was Powerbar, which is now available in more than 10 flavors. While Powerbar packed all the nutrition you need into one bar, containing about 250 calories, it didn't appear to be real food to athletes. Several manufacturers, such as Clif Bar, arrived on the scene to create energy bars to compete. As well, culinary entrepreneurs have formulated many types of energy bars in their own kitchens. Now, the selection of energy bars is wide - there are at least 10 major manufacturer choices, and you can choose your favorite energy bar based on the core ingredients you want: maltodextrin, sucrose, cane sugar, soy protein, etc. In the triathlon world, some triathletes will place energy bars directly on their bikes for easy transport and easy access during races. Most energy bars are packaged for easy opening while you're riding, and some of the packaging itself is biodegradable, just in case it ends up on the side of the road. When it comes to energy gels, one thing most have in common is sizing. Each packet of gel is physically about the same size and will contain approximately 100 calories. Most gels use maltodextrin as the main ingredient, since it's a slow burning fuel source for glycogen. From there, the formulations vary widely, especially as regards sodium, potassium, magnesium, amino acids, and several other minerals. Like energy bars, these packaged gels come in a plethora of flavors: you name it, you'll find it. All the fruits of the orchard, all the colors of the rainbow, many based on spices, and even "just plain", a popular GU flavor. Remarkably, cyclists and triathletes often hone in on their exact favorite brand of energy gel based on digestibility as the main criteria. That is to say, you probably should try out several different brands and even different flavors within a brand to find out which ones you can stomach best during training and especially on race day. When it comes to Ironman racing, most triathletes use a combination of energy bars and gels, though leaning towards primarily gels. The reason is that energy bars sometimes contain fiber that isn't necessary on race day; on the other hand, eating an energy bar is like eating real food, which is something triathletes want when they are 90 miles into the bike leg. Gels are handy because they are easy to eat and it's easy to keep track of the calorie count. As well, there is an nutritional argument that only carbohydrates are needed during endurance races, that protein and fat are really not necessary, and so gels have remained a popular and easy way to stay fueled with just the basics during racing. Popular brands of energy bars and gels include: Hammer Nutrition, Clif Bar, GU, Power Bar, Honey Stinger, Clifshot, and Nuun. A recent addition in this category is gel blocks, which are similar to gummy bears, with Clif Bloks being a popular choice.

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Snowboarding Energy Bars & Gels
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gels (Box of 24)
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gels (Box of 24)
$27.99
13% off   $32.40
At: Bike Tires Direct  
Q-Rank
Ranking 4-5
Clif Bar - Single Serving
Clif Bar - Single Serving
$0.99
At: Performance Bike  
➢ by Clif-Bar
Honey Stinger Energy Gels (Single)
Honey Stinger Energy Gels (Single)
$1.35
At: Bike Tires Direct  
Clif Bar (Single)
Clif Bar (Single)
$1.49
At: Bike Tires Direct  
➢ by Clif-Bar
Clif Bar Single
Clif Bar Single
$1.60
At: Jenson USA  
➢ by Clif-Bar
Honey Stinger Energy Bars (Single)
Honey Stinger Energy Bars (Single)
$1.99
At: Bike Tires Direct  
Honey Stinger 10g Protein Bar
Honey Stinger 10g Protein Bar
$1.99
At: Bike Tires Direct  
Bonk Breaker Energy Bar
Bonk Breaker Energy Bar
$3.10
At: Tri Village  
Bonk Breaker High Protein Energy Bar
Bonk Breaker High Protein Energy Bar
$3.40
At: Tri Village  
Clif Bar - 12 Pack Accessories Bars
Clif Bar - 12 Pack Accessories Bars
$13.99
At: Bike Nashbar  
➢ by Clif-Bar
Clif Bar - 12 Pack
Clif Bar - 12 Pack
$14.99
At: Jenson USA  
➢ by Clif-Bar
Clif Bar - 12 Pack
Clif Bar - 12 Pack
$14.99
At: Performance Bike  
➢ by Clif-Bar
Clif Bars (Box of 12)
Clif Bars (Box of 12)
$16.99
At: Bike Tires Direct  
Clif Bar Clif Shot 20 Serving Energy Drink
$19.95
At: Tri Village  
➢ by Clif-Bar
Clif Bar Original Energy Bar - Box of 12
Clif Bar Original Energy Bar - Box of 12
$19.95
At: Tri Village  
➢ by Clif-Bar
Clif Nut Butter Filled Energy Bar - Box Of 12
Clif Nut Butter Filled Energy Bar - Box Of 12
$19.99
At: Performance Bike  
Clif Bar Nut Butter Filled Bar Accessories Bars
Clif Bar Nut Butter Filled Bar Accessories Bars
$19.99
At: Bike Nashbar  
➢ by Clif-Bar
Powerbar Simple Fruit Energy Food -- Box 12
Powerbar Simple Fruit Energy Food -- Box 12
$23.99
At: Performance Bike  
➢ by PowerBar
Honey Stinger Classic Energy Gels (Box of 24)
Honey Stinger Classic Energy Gels (Box of 24)
$26.99
At: Bike Tires Direct  
Honey Stinger Energy Bars (Box of 15)
Honey Stinger Energy Bars (Box of 15)
$27.99
At: Bike Tires Direct  
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gel
$28.52
At: Tri Village  
Clif Bar Clif Shot Gels - 24 Pack
Clif Bar Clif Shot Gels - 24 Pack
$29.90
At: Tri Village  
➢ by Clif-Bar
Clif Bar Clif Shot Turbo Energy Gel
Clif Bar Clif Shot Turbo Energy Gel
$29.95
At: Tri Village  
➢ by Clif-Bar
Clif Bar Clif Shot Energy Gel
Clif Bar Clif Shot Energy Gel
$29.95
At: Tri Village  
➢ by Clif-Bar
Bonk Breaker Energy Bars (Box of 12)
Bonk Breaker Energy Bars (Box of 12)
$30.00
At: Bike Tires Direct  
Bonk Breaker High Protein Bars (Box of 12)
Bonk Breaker High Protein Bars (Box of 12)
$33.00
At: Bike Tires Direct  
Bonk Breaker High Protein Bar - 12 Pack
Bonk Breaker High Protein Bar - 12 Pack
$35.99
At: Performance Bike  
Clif Bar Clif Shot Bloks - 18 Pack
Clif Bar Clif Shot Bloks - 18 Pack
$37.95
At: Tri Village  
➢ by Clif-Bar
Bonk Breaker Energy Bar - 12 Pack
Bonk Breaker Energy Bar - 12 Pack
$32.99
At: Performance Bike  
Q-Rank
Ranking 3-0
ODI Bar Ends
ODI Bar Ends
$1.45
At: eBay  
Newbaums Cloth Bar Tape, Black
Newbaums Cloth Bar Tape, Black
$7.49
At: eBay  
Fizik Bar Gel Kit
Fizik Bar Gel Kit
$19.95
At: eBay