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Anyone else find Power Bars to be a major...huffer
Aug 27, 2003 9:39 PM
pain in the arse to eat after they've been in your sweaty jersey pocket for a while? The things practically melt in the heat, and so you have to go through this ordeal (at least I do) of doing no-handed intervals through rolling hills as you spend countless miles (or so it seems) trying to extract the Lance Armstrong endorsed glop from its wrapper. After its all over, you get to stuff the sticky wrapper back in your jersey pocket to make a nice mess all over whatever else you are carrying with you. I don't care what Lance says, these things suck! Is there anything out there as tasty as Power Bars without the mess factor?
Aaaahhh--Power Bars! The cycling equivalent of MREs...The Walrus
Aug 27, 2003 10:56 PM
" tasty as Power Bars without the mess factor?" I hope I never again encounter anything as "tasty" as Power Bars--damned near inedible.
Extran carb bars, better euro stuff out there. nmSpunout
Aug 28, 2003 3:31 AM
re: Anyone else find Power Bars to be a major...ryder1
Aug 28, 2003 3:41 AM
Cliff bars for me. No melted mess and I can eat em' pretty easily while biking.
amen to Cliffiltersweep
Aug 28, 2003 4:14 AM
Powerbars have the texture of Tootsie Rolls... I think they are made in the same factory. Clif is the perfectly digestable solution.
another Cliff bar fantarwheel
Aug 28, 2003 4:40 AM
My favorite Cliff bar flavors are apricot and chocolate almond, but they are all edible. You can buy them much cheaper (about 99 cents) at WalMart and Target, and they are sometimes on sale at REI and Performance. I also like Fig Newtons, the ones that come in 2-packs for kids lunches.

Power Bars suck. I don't know how anyone can eat them. They also get rock-hard in the winter.
Ditto on the Cliff bar....PEDDLEFOOT
Aug 28, 2003 4:14 AM
...the carrot cake is unbelievable.I also like Hammer Gel.
Double ditto on Clif. nmMel Erickson
Aug 28, 2003 5:38 AM
Triple ditto on Clif. Good stuff, esp w/ choc in it! =) nmKG 361
Aug 28, 2003 7:57 PM
And expensive, too!Ironbutt
Aug 28, 2003 5:01 AM
I ate a $400 power bar a couple of years ago. Darn thing stuck to a crown on my tooth and pulled the crown off while I was trying to chew it. By the time that I realized what had happened, I had spit out the bite of power bar with the crown stil stuck to it. Yes, cholocate almond Clif bars are the answer.
Funny powerbar story...biknben
Aug 28, 2003 5:25 AM
I was at Straton Mtn ski resort in VT years ago. Powerbar showed up to offer samples of their Power Bar. They put bite size samples on a table for people to grab on the way to the lift.

It was below freezing outside. I had a frozen bite in my mouth the entire way up the lift waiting for it to thaw. I think I was finally able to eat it while skiing back down.

Power Bars Tasty???? BWAhahahah!!!! Maybe if you enjoy eating cardboard. Cliff Bar Oreo and Carrot cake do the trick for me. I eat them and Gu on longer rides.
They are a major workout for your jawKristin
Aug 28, 2003 5:46 AM
Its like chewing on rawhide. Personally, I like snaking on dried fruit. Costco sells a bag that includes banana chips, walnuts, cashews, strawberrys, cranberrys, mango and pineapple. Throw in a few m&m's and you're all set. Yum. And easy to eat.
Kristin...You're playing with our heads again...biknben
Aug 28, 2003 7:22 AM
The minds of your male audience go straight to the gutter when you provide topic headers like that one.

Maybe I'm just a complete perv. :-)
Bet she gets a cheap thrill from gear inch postings (nm)pitt83
Aug 28, 2003 7:34 AM
I didn't see that one...where is it? nmKristin
Aug 28, 2003 8:15 AM
Look down, you'll see it.. (No really, look down). nmpitt83
Aug 28, 2003 9:07 AM
Hmm. I was being completely sincere that time.Kristin
Aug 28, 2003 8:15 AM
You probably don't want to read my post on the non-cycling board.
Depends on the flavorFez
Aug 28, 2003 5:47 AM
There was one flavor, Raspberry something, that was completely stuck to the wrapper like bubble gum. I observed this on more than one occasion, so I don't think it was dumb luck.

I stick to the same few flavors and have good results. Apple Cinn and Oatmeal Raisin work OK and are edible (barely).

In the winter, if you put them in your back jersey pocket, I find the heat from your back keeps them from freezing. Putting them in a front pocket near the wind makes them hard as a rock.

Cliff Bars are so small I find I have to eat 2 to get the equivalent fix.
ditto....Oatmeal Raisin = best taste & least mess (nm)Frith
Aug 28, 2003 6:36 AM
re: Anyone else find Power Bars to be a major...aliensporebomb
Aug 28, 2003 6:18 AM
Clif Bars are great.

In fact the amazing thing about them is the chocolate brownie
flavored variety - if you don't actually look at the bar as
you're eating it you'll swear you ate a chocolate brownie
someones' mother made - really delicious.
Mom's chocolate brownie flavor, eh? That I'll have to try...nmhuffer
Aug 28, 2003 9:15 PM
Power Bars=Extruded Food Units! nmKEN2
Aug 28, 2003 6:53 AM
The kibble is easier to eatpitt83
Aug 28, 2003 7:10 AM
Not that you'd want to (same cardboard dust texture as the bar). I've gone to gels and drinks only. Same idea, easier to consume and somewhat palletable.
Save yourself some moneyspluti
Aug 28, 2003 7:27 AM
and get the same nutrition from good old fig newtons.
If you have to eat Power Bars put them in a baggie cut into bite sized pieces.
I'm now a gel convert (carb boom my current fave)..OffTheBack
Aug 28, 2003 7:30 AM
for all the reasons you mentioned, plus I can't breathe hard while chewing the friggin powerbar for the necessry 10 minutes.
re: Anyone else find Power Bars to be a major...Duc9
Aug 28, 2003 8:28 AM
Power Bars Rule!!!

I've used them as brake pads, water bottle holder, tube patch, ski bindings, computer mount, dog weapon, dog distriction (every seen a pooch munch on a power bar?), spoke mount, roof rack mounts, frame bonding, and seat post glue.
I like the pre-chewed texture of a warm gooey powerbarlnin0
Aug 28, 2003 8:57 AM
Power Bars can be a pain to eat if they stick to the wrapper and even an uglier situation when you put a half wrapped on back in your pocket.

I pretty much have a hard time with all of the major bars and their hermetically sealed wrappers. Luna seems pretty easy to eat but they too can get a big melty.

Cliff bars area like eating sawdust for me, although I quit enjoy the seasonal ones (esp pumpkin). Vanilla Power Bars are great if you ask me but most of the other flavs Ive tried aren't too hot.

Most bars are too sweet although the Blance Bars that taste like Snickers are kickin' - only they are too well balanaced and not really high carb. Good for morning rides though when you don't get a good breakfast.
Power Bars very goodmoschika
Aug 28, 2003 9:44 AM
at least their Harvest bars are good and my wife likes their Pria Bars. the yogurt covered bars are good but can get messy when it's hot.

they've replaced clif bars as my current favorite.
re: Anyone else find Power Bars to be a major...Chen2
Aug 28, 2003 10:05 AM
Try the Power Bar "Harvest" series. The Cinnamon Apple and Peanut Butter flavors are not nearly as messy and the don't stick to the teeth as bad. Those are the only two I buy.
re: Anyone else find Power Bars to be a major...Spyky
Aug 28, 2003 11:41 AM
As many people have said, Cliff bars are easier to eat while riding and don't melt to the wrapper like Power Bars. Several of the flavors are very good. Although the chocolate ones seem too much like dessert for me to enjoy while riding. However, my biggest complaint, and I've been meaning to write to Cliff about this, is that they are F-ing impossible to open while on the go! There isn't a sawtooth edge on the package so you just have to pull it apart like a bag of chips, only the packaging is much stiffer. Powerbars are way easier to open, the only thing I don't like about powerbars is the melting.

Quaker Breakfast Squares????coonass
Aug 28, 2003 4:25 PM
I started using these this past Summer....about $3.25/6 and they have a great taste; 44-50gm Carbos, 3.5gm fat (1gm Saturated, 1gm Polyunsat. & 1.5gm Monounsaturated), and a sprinkling of Vitamins. (I haven't tried Sam's or Cosco's for pricing...I really don't need a pallet load)
You don't have to.KG 361
Aug 28, 2003 8:01 PM
I got some for my kids this summer but I haven't tried them on the bike. taste great, though, and I think you get like a dozen in a box at Costco. Not sure of the price, but it was cheap. That dozen went FAST!
Screw powerbars, I switched to Poptarts. nmLone Gunman
Aug 28, 2003 5:07 PM