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    wha'ts good pre ride food?

    what's a good preride food? should it have more carbohydrates ?

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    Nothing too heavy. If I am preparing for a big ride...I have my pre-ride food the day before. Day of the ride...maybe some fruit and lots of water. And usually my morning coffee. But yeah...carbs are good day of the ride. Low GI carbs. Day before, just eat a clean meal of lean protein, carbs, and fat. That fills your glycogen, gives some protein for muscle repair while you sleep, and fat for your brain. Day of you want to top off your glycogen with low GI carbs that give you slower sustained energy rather than a quick shot of energy that fades fast and leaves you close to bonking. Remember to maintain nutrition while riding and stay ahead of hydration too.
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    Crispy hash browns!

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    Crispy hash browns!
    and bacon

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    and bacon
    on toast with peanut butter.

    Actually I'm pretty much vegetarian now, but still...

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    Every week I make giant pan of cubed hash brown potatoes with a bit of unprocessed sea salt as seasoning. They go in the 'fridge in tupperware and since I ride so frequently, I take a solid handful of those every morning and sizzle them up quick in a pan and maybe break an egg in with them while they're cooking. Sprinkle a little parmesan on top. Potatoes are great fuel. They're a complex carb but act like a simple. I usually wait about an hour or so before I launch for my ride.

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    Big handful of kale and some baby bella mushrooms sauteed in a little butter with some salt and Old Bay seasoning, topped off with two scrambled eggs. Banana in the truck on the way to the trails.
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    Either lots of carbs or lots of vegetarian fats .. protein less than 25 grams for sure!

    Did no one mention caffeine!?!? Definetly not a roadie forum ; )

    I like green tea or yerba mate with honey

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    Post Great Grains and a cup of coffee for me...but I'm not a nerd I just get out and go for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
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    Eat real food. Eggs, bacon, steak, corn beef hash, omelet with lots of cheese and ham, whole milk and yogurt. Some more bacon. Be sure to fry everything that needs frying in butter.
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    Beer & jalapeno cheddar potato chips works for me.

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    No gas station hot dogs with jalapenos !!
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    ^definitely skip the hot dogs and just go with jalapenos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    ^definitely skip the hot dogs and just go with jalapenos.
    Yep, no gas station hot dogs, with jalepenos.

    Or, if you are going to do the gas station hot dog, skip the bun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thegweed View Post
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    Banana Nut Crunch is my favorite cereal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    Beer & jalapeno cheddar potato chips works for me.
    You know this needs to be addressed...What's the beer?
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    Anything that doesn't make you gag and lead to a full upchuck when you throw it up into your mouth and swallow it back down again.

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    Black coffee and a banana.

    If I have time, real cooked oatmeal, and the banana goes in it.

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    Irish rolled oatmeal with honey and milk, a handful of supplements and an espresso.
    Every morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    You know this needs to be addressed...What's the beer?
    I've been partial to Marble lately, either their red ale or IPA.

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    Over easy eggs cooked in lots of bacon drippings. Eat the bacon, too.

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    Eggs, oatmeal, bananas, coffee, beet juice...yum!
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    I read something today that suggested a good ride should start with a coffee and end with a beer. Sounds good to me....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat View Post
    Banana Nut Crunch is my favorite cereal.
    Well it's obvious my friend that you've never tried the Raisins Dates and Pecans one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David R View Post
    I read something today that suggested a good ride should start with a coffee and end with a beer. Sounds good to me....
    Sounds good, besides, calories are over-rated.

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    From home, a double portion of oatmeal with raisins and cinnamon added, and a banana, if I have any.
    From work, a granola bar.
    Granola bar mid-ride and a protein drink after, if it's a long one.

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    No gas station hot dogs with jalapenos !!
    But...sometimes I forget my granola bars

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    I like microwaved pancakes with maple syrup.

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    whole wheat pancakes (sometimes with buckwheat added) with blueberries, raspberries, and bananas and of course real maple syrup. Aunt Jemima whole wheat pancake mix is the best!!!

    second choice: triple decker peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread with GOOD PB. Smuckers is my PB of choice.
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    tubeless pancakes......

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    I can't do cereal. It burns off too quickly & the fiber hits me too hard & I hate stopping a ride to find a decent place to crap while "prairie dogging."

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    tubeless pancakes......
    cooked on a OX Platinum steel pan (non boost) with a CF handle. only the best, how'd you know?
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    What's the best size pan?
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    Definitely not Chic-Fil-A. Terrible just terrible haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveRider View Post
    I can't do cereal. It burns off too quickly & the fiber hits me too hard & I hate stopping a ride to find a decent place to crap while "prairie dogging."
    save the cereal for post ride recovery food. for a bunch of reasons it's not a good pre-ride food, but an excellent post ride food.

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    What's the best size pan?
    don't believe the hype, there's 12", then there's everything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    What's the best size pan?
    Plus size is the thing these days:

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    10.5" has been the standard for years for good reason, stronger and more flickable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat View Post
    Plus size is the thing these days:

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    you make pancakes in a wok? are they stir-fry cakes? do you use chopped onions and crushed red pepper? perhaps some teriyaki? do they pair nicely with rice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    you make pancakes in a wok? are they stir-fry cakes? do you use chopped onions and crushed red pepper? perhaps some teriyaki? do they pair nicely with rice?
    Truth be told, I don't cook my own pancakes much any more. I have my LPS cook them for me.

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    a town not too far from me has the world record for largest pancake. Birkett Mills buckwheat, it was 27' across.

    now that's a plus size pan.
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    Ive learned that I respond way better on a hard ride with less food in me. Longer all days of course I want to bring food with me but I find filling up to much totally kills my ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by machine4321 View Post
    Ive learned that I respond way better on a hard ride with less food in me.
    My stomach doesn't seem to tolerate any intake before a hard ride. It needs about three hours after breakfast to feel acceptable.
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    I always eat 4 scrambled eggs with toast and a banana. Its the day before I like to carb it up.
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    Fruit. Coffee. Water.
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    I just finished my pre-ride meal, i.e., breakfast:

    Trader Joes oatmeal with blueberries, greek yogurt, and granola mixed in. 3 slices of Canadian bacon. Coffee.

    Now off to the trails==woohoo!!!!

    If I ride in the afternoon or evening I don't eat anything before the ride.

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    Whatever the hippies eat usually works.

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    Carbs. The complexity of the carbs in the diet should decrease with the amount of time left before the race.

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    I like drinking a good homemade V8 juice before any exercise. Full of nutrients but feels nice and lights.

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    i have been drinking a glass of Beet Juice and a glass of Pom juice before rides recently,


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    I all you're doing is social rides under 3 hours, or if you are in your early 20's, honestly it probably doesn't matter. Eat whatever the heck you want. But for long endurance rides or XC races, I have found that I feel best on a big fruit smoothie in the morning. Mostly bananas, with maybe some greens and berries. More complex foods and combinations cause me stomach churn, leading to an inability to fuel up during the ride and some serious bonking. Been there, done that. No fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shredchic View Post
    I all you're doing is social rides under 3 hours, or if you are in your early 20's, honestly it probably doesn't matter. Eat whatever the heck you want. But for long endurance rides or XC races, I have found that I feel best on a big fruit smoothie in the morning. Mostly bananas, with maybe some greens and berries. More complex foods and combinations cause me stomach churn, leading to an inability to fuel up during the ride and some serious bonking. Been there, done that. No fun!
    Unless I'm starting after 9 AM or it's the trivial social ride described above, my pre-ride food is the same as my on-ride food. Tailwind. I do not want anything solid in my stomach. Period. Once you've gotten used to eating completely liquid on bike, you don't necessarily feel the need to put solids in your belly bag.

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