Recovery Beer? à Bloc brings friends, bikes and beer together around the world

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Beer…  Bikes… Buds… Other than starting with the same letter, to many, they relate to one-another. I’m not unfamiliar with lone ranger rides, but I prefer to ride with friends. After riding, I enjoy a cold beer to relax and “recover”. à Bloc is focusing on the connection between bikes, beer, and buds with their Bicycle Beer and they hope to become a go to for suds seeking riders. They’ve partnered up with a handful of breweries striving to take their beer around the world…

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Beer…  Bikes… Buds… Other than starting with the same letter, to many, they relate to one-another. I’m not unfamiliar with lone ranger rides, but I prefer to ride with friends. After riding, I enjoy a cold beer to relax and “recover”. à Bloc is focusing on the connection between bikes, beer, and buds with their Bicycle […]

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Honey Stinger Holiday Variety Pack buzzes into REI just in time

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Filed under “absolute last minute”, we just found out about Honey Stinger’s Holiday Variety Pack, which appears to be an REI exclusive item. For $10, you get two organic waffles, two organic energy chews and two energy gels. There’s the regular version and the gluten free version, each with six total different flavors. It’s a little late for online ordering, but a quick search of REI stores in our area all showed them in stock.



Filed under “absolute last minute”, we just found out about Honey Stinger’s Holiday Variety Pack, which appears to be an REI exclusive item. For $10, you get two organic waffles, two organic energy chews and two energy gels. There’s the regular version and the gluten free version, each with six total different flavors. It’s a […]

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Clif Bar adds Whey Protein Bars for soy-free recovery

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As much as I love Clif Bar as a company and their new nut butter filled bars, their Builders protein bars have never worked for me. Largely soy based, they simply didn’t get along with my stomach. Now, they’re offering a new Whey Protein Bar that combines whey protein concentrate and isolate with a small amount of pea and brown rice proteins, nut butters, rolled oats and just a little sugar.

Three flavors will be offered – Salted Caramel Cashew, Coconut Almond Chocolate, and Peanut Butter & Chocolate. All three have 14g of protein and just 5g of sugar, with no sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners. And all ingredients are non-GMO, too…

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As much as I love Clif Bar as a company and their new nut butter filled bars, their Builders protein bars have never worked for me. Largely soy based, they simply didn’t get along with my stomach. Now, they’re offering a new Whey Protein Bar that combines whey protein concentrate and isolate with a small […]

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Picky Bars packs The Whole Shebang with every flavor so the indecisive don’t have to choose

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Based out of Oregon, Picky Bars has built a reputation on offering delicious, high quality nutrition bars that focus on a 4:1 carb to protein ratio. The result of a collaboration between three pro atheletes, Jesse Thomas, Lauren Fleshman, and Steph Bruce, all of the Picky Bar flavors are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, GMO free, and use as many organic ingredients as possible. They also taste pretty great, which is always important when talking energy bars.

The bars check a lot of boxes, so which flavor should you pick? Rather than having to buy every single flavor individually to find your favorite, Picky Bars has a new option this holiday season. Called The Whole Shebang, this new 10 bar pack will give you a chance to try every flavor so you can re-up with your favorites for the coming season…

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Based out of Oregon, Picky Bars has built a reputation on offering delicious, high quality nutrition bars that focus on a 4:1 carb to protein ratio. The result of a collaboration between three pro atheletes, Jesse Thomas, Lauren Fleshman, and Steph Bruce, all of the Picky Bar flavors are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, […]

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Bikerumor Holiday Gift Ideas: Tyler’s Wish List

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Yep, it’s that time of year once again. While we debated about doing a more categorical gift guide this year, offering ideas for mountain bikers, roadies, commuters, etc., truth be told, we started that discussion a little late. So, we’re sticking with our usual format of individual wish lists where each of us picks our favorite things from the past year. Things we think would make great gifts, but also sort of an unofficial Editor’s Choice. Most of the stuff you’ll see in our lists over the next couple weeks are things we’ve actually tested and used and can recommend in good faith. But, inevitably, there’ll be a few that we simply lust after. And while the focus of Bikerumor is the products and gear, we were very fortunate to have been included on several events this year that focused more on the experience than the parts, and its no surprise that those are the ones we remember most fondly. So, once again, we’ll start with an experience before diving into the products…

EXPERIENCE

Riding in Iceland. If Bergur’s video wasn’t enough to make you want to go, maybe the pic above will, too. And I’ve got a feature coming up highlighting my trip there with the Lauf guys to test their GRIT gravel fork. The riding is awesome, but the team at Lauf is what made the past two trips there incredible. It’s like a guy’s weekend that includes great riding, a little adventure, amazing scenery and lots of beer. Good Lord, so much beer. I’m fortunate in that all of the planning was done for me, but there are companies like Made In Mountains and Ice Bike Adventures (both recommended by locals) that’ll help you plan something incredible. So grab some friends, drop the excuses and just go make memories.

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Yep, it’s that time of year once again. While we debated about doing a more categorical gift guide this year, offering ideas for mountain bikers, roadies, commuters, etc., truth be told, we started that discussion a little late. So, we’re sticking with our usual format of individual wish lists where each of us picks our […]

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Eating to win: Training, Race, and Recovery Nutrition with Team Sky’s Dr. Morton and SIS Nutrition

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Ian Boswell fueling up at the top of the climb.

Are you eating for your best performance? That seems like a fairly simple question, but based on the latest science, the answer might surprise you. As cyclists, for years we’ve been told that carbs are king. Want to perform your best for your race tomorrow? Eat pasta the night before the race. But as it turns out, the balance between carbs, fat, and protein might be a bit different than you’ve been  taught. Not only the balance, but the timing for each group to obtain your peak performance.

All of this was the subject of a recent even put on by Science in Sport. As the chief nutrition sponsor of Team Sky, SIS plays a critical role in the performance of their star athletes like Chris Froome, but there’s a lot more to the story than gels and protein powder. Real food is just as important as prepackaged performance nutrition, but it’s also not as simple as eating healthy and bumping up the carbs for race day.

To ensure that their team performs at their peak, Team Sky brought in renowned sports nutrition expert, Dr. James Morton. A researcher at Liverpool John Moores University, Dr. Morton also lends his services to other sports including boxing, Premier League football teams, and MMA. While each of those sports have unique nutritional needs for athletes to perform their best, Dr. Morton says nutrition presents a uniquely important role in cycling, and in a way that is still evolving…

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Are you eating for your best performance? That seems like a fairly simple question, but based on the latest science, the answer might surprise you. As cyclists, for years we’ve been told that carbs are king. Want to perform your best for your race tomorrow? Eat pasta the night before the race. But as it […]

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GU adds double-serving sleeves of energy Chews

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Until now, GU’s Energy Chews came in small pouches of four chews for about 80-90 calories of amino acid enhanced carbohydrates and electrolytes. Now, they’re added sleeves that provide twice as many chews for about 50% more coin. They’re available in Blueberry Pomegranate, Orange, Strawberry and Watermelon flavors and retail for about $2 a pop (18 per $36 case, on sale for $28.80 as of this post going live). GU says the new sleeves are easier to open than the pouches, making consumption a little quicker and safer on the bike.



Until now, GU’s Energy Chews came in small pouches of four chews for about 80-90 calories of amino acid enhanced carbohydrates and electrolytes. Now, they’re added sleeves that provide twice as many chews for about 50% more coin. They’re available in Blueberry Pomegranate, Orange, Strawberry and Watermelon flavors and retail for about $2 a pop […]

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Fresh goods roundup: Wicked Girl, Aero Tech Designs, Weevil Outdoor, Honey Stinger & B-Line Energy

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Aero Tech Designs hails from Pennsylvania, where they design and make most of their goods. They have five U.S. factories and put an emphasis on using domestically sourced materials as much as possible, too. They do custom, but their stock designs caught our eye, particularly this camo-inspired cycling print. An urban camo color scheme is also available (shown below) along with myriad other designs. And you really need to check out their website to see the Zombie kit with matching cycling cap…

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Aero Tech Designs hails from Pennsylvania, where they design and make most of their goods. They have five U.S. factories and put an emphasis on using domestically sourced materials as much as possible, too. They do custom, but their stock designs caught our eye, particularly this camo-inspired cycling print. An urban camo color scheme is also […]

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Lucho Dillitos: all natural guava fuel of the Colombian greats

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If you haven’t heard of Colombian bocadillo, you’ve been missing out on one of the best tasting, most all-natural ways to stay fueled on the bike – pretty much just guava + sugar. But at the same time, maybe it’s best to not know about something when they’ve been relatively hard to come by if you don’t either a) live in a Colombia, or b) live somewhere in Spain where Colombian cyclists call home base for their European road campaigns. Well, that is starting to change with a new company called Lucho Dillitos, who are looking to bring the sweet-tasting guava paste blocks to cyclists around the world as a natural energy source, cheaper than most gels, and in a totally biodegradable packaging. The first bocadillos came to market in Hong Kong, then the UK, with more markets coming very soon…

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If you haven’t heard of Colombian bocadillo, you’ve been missing out on one of the best tasting, most all-natural ways to stay fueled on the bike – pretty much just guava + sugar. But at the same time, maybe it’s best to not know about something when they’ve been relatively hard to come by if you […]

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