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Two Questions: gloves you use? Eating on a 2hr ride?(13 posts)

Two Questions: gloves you use? Eating on a 2hr ride?globalhelipimp
Jul 29, 2003 2:47 PM
After riding an easy 20 yesterday (went with one of my
friends) and 36 today, I've developed a bit of a blister on
my right pointer finger. I'm assuming I need to purchase
some gloves, and am wonder what you're using, how you like
them, and how much they cost?

Also, I'm curious about whether I should have brought
something to eat on my 36 mile ride today. Prior to this
absolutely beautiful afternoon, I hadn't done a ride over
28 miles, and never really felt the need to bring food.
Including my warm-up, ride, and cool-down, I was on my bike
for a little over 2hrs. I plan on doing a 36 miler once or
twice a week- should I bring food next time?

I only have one water bottle, and usually consume all of it
during my ride, sometimes worrying about whether or not
I'll have enough; probably a smart idea to get a second
bottle for my longer (long = 36, I'm a newb) rides?


re: Two Questions: gloves you use? Eating on a 2hr ride?gtscottie
Jul 29, 2003 3:08 PM
I have some full finger MEC gloves with leather palms and a small amount of padding at a cost of about $25.00 cnd. As far as eating on the ride. If I do anything much over 25km which is my commute to work I always throw in a power bar or protien bar of some kind. What ever is the flavor of the day. Nutritionally you probably should be good to go without food for 36 miles but then again I always like to find a nice spot in the grass for a little snack. Who says all bike rides have to be killers. Ride and enjoy.
re: Two Questions: gloves you use? Eating on a 2hr ride?PdxMark
Jul 29, 2003 3:18 PM
Gloves: I went for a long time without gloves, but then started wearing them again after a friend crashed. I think of gloves as crash protection for my hands, rather than on-bike comfort. So I use gloves with minimal padding and very airy backs, to approximate no gloves. I use Defeet gloves, but they don't make them anymore. I wish they did.

Water: One bottle per hour is a pretty reasonable approximation. One for two hours is almost certainly pushing you into a bit of dehydration. You could get away with it for a 2 hour ride, but I bet you'd be suffering at the end of 3 hours with one bottle.

Food: I usually don't take anything to eat on rides of less than 3 hours, so long as I'm not starting out famished. For rides of more than 3 hours I usually like to have a couple hundred calories along for each additional hour.
Generally - eat/drink before, 1 bottle/hourThe Don
Jul 29, 2003 3:48 PM
Try to eat light about 90 minutes prior & drink a bottle of water about 30 mins. prior to your ride, and your body will have fuel & be hydrated to start. If you're riding 2-3 hours, then bring 2 bottles for sure, but you probably don't need to eat. If you're riding 3 hours, then eat a banana/fig bars/power bar after about an hour.

Gloves? I use my MTB gloves, AXO Palomar, full finger, ventilated back. I need to get some roadie gloves.
Two answersKerry Irons
Jul 29, 2003 3:55 PM
Gloves are personal preference. I've not worn gloves (except to keep warm) for the last 30 years and don't have any obvious calluses, so your blister causes me to wonder what it is about your position or equipment that requires gloves.

All the studies show that you can sustain a higher level of output if you get some calories for anything longer than 90 minutes or so. However, many people do 2 hours at a moderate pace with no problem, especially if they've eaten well pre-ride. If you're going to do a long ride, you need to start eating much sooner than 90 minutes because you'll have a hard time climbing back out of the calorie hole you've dug. Level of effort has a strong influence on calorie needs - if you're going hard you need to eat much more and much sooner. more/earlier for harder ridesThe Don
Jul 29, 2003 4:43 PM
I should have qualified that my advice works if you're not going on hard rides, i.e. 2 hr. evening ride. Kerry's advice is crucial for harder stuff...

For example, I was MTBing in Downieville 2 weeks ago, and loaded up in the evening and 3 hours before, ate a bar during, and ate again within 30 minutes. These rides were mostly XC w/lots of climbing and 1 downhill run.

9 hours on the trail in 2 days...great stuff too!
re: Two Questions: gloves you use? Eating on a 2hr ride?ParticleMan
Jul 30, 2003 3:15 AM
1] Campagnolo gloves - the best I've tried so far, and fits great, lasts long.

2] Nothing really .. isotonic drink, water. maybe if i havent eaten much before, then a power gel.
re: Two Questions: gloves you use? Eating on a 2hr ride?Steve_0
Jul 30, 2003 3:46 AM
no gloves. love 'em. Cost nothing.

two hours doesnt really necessitate food as long as your properly hydrated. I'd certainly bring more than a single bottle for a two hour ride, though. Maybe a banana if youre really concerned.
1. No gloves 2. 300 cal/hr beginning after 45 min. nmSpunout
Jul 30, 2003 5:41 AM
Pearl Izumi Gels, one energy bar, and TWO water bottles....Mariowannabe
Jul 30, 2003 6:00 AM
One with Gatoraide-type mix (I use Etranor Cyto)....
I'm skeptical about the need for expensive gels, bars, & drinksStraightblock
Jul 30, 2003 8:36 AM
for newbies & intermediate level riders on short to moderate length rides. For longer rides & races or if you are training hard every day there are greater needs for on-the-road nutrition & electrolyte replacement, but for the average rider who goes out 2-3 times a week on a 2 hour ride, a banana and a few fig newtons in a ziploc bag should be plenty. Heck, back when I was racing, we did most of our long training rides with maybe a banana and a peanut butter & jelly sandwich in the jersey pocket.

Plan your ride so you can fill your water bottle in the middle of the ride if you need, or stop at a minimart along the way for a Gatorade or similar if the weather's hot. Use the money you save by not buying gel shots & buy a second water bottle or hydration pack.
should not need to eat on a 2hr rideDougSloan
Jul 30, 2003 8:43 AM
Unless you are going 25-30 mph, you should not need to eat on a 2 hour ride. Two to three bottles of Gatorade should be sufficient. Worst case, take a Hammergel packet.

Eat and drink before, and you should only need water during a 2 hour ride.

agreed (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Jul 30, 2003 8:48 AM