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JGSI
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gels and races

Postby JGSI » Mon Apr 16, 2012 08:43 am

To avoid a repitition of gel explosion over my top tube and shifters in yesterdays race despite pre cutting the tops, anyone got recommendation for a reuseable gel tube that can be filled up with a number of gel contents and is minimal fiddly to use as well... as you try to pick your time to eat summat but it's never the right time...

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Re: gels and races

Postby jonesy65 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:42 am

High 5 gel flask works well for me. See http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=17064

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Re: gels and races

Postby Tom Dean » Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:47 am

That is a neat product but I don't get what is difficult about gel sachets. Do you take your teeth out before a race?

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Re: gels and races

Postby prawny » Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:09 pm

I can't open gels with my teeth, was watching other people yesterday doing it easily but I just doesn't work for me. I just end up hurting the corners of my mouth.

Odd really as I've got no problem opening beer bottles with my teeth.
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Re: gels and races

Postby JGSI » Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:54 pm

Tom Dean wrote:That is a neat product but I don't get what is difficult about gel sachets. Do you take your teeth out before a race?

No it aint that.. I pre cut them anyways, but I needed 4 yesterday and after the last one, I realised that evrywhere was gunked up.. but it was probably more about being a good egg and not littering.. I just thought there must be a better way... obviously with no teeth you have better suction power!

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Re: gels and races

Postby Herbsman » Tue Apr 17, 2012 07:57 am

Why not just make a stronger energy drink for energy only, and have your other drink for hydration only?

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Re: gels and races

Postby amaferanga » Tue Apr 17, 2012 08:09 am

JGSI wrote:
Tom Dean wrote:That is a neat product but I don't get what is difficult about gel sachets. Do you take your teeth out before a race?

No it aint that.. I pre cut them anyways, but I needed 4 yesterday and after the last one, I realised that evrywhere was gunked up.. but it was probably more about being a good egg and not littering.. I just thought there must be a better way... obviously with no teeth you have better suction power!


Do you mean you cut the tops off them before the race? No wonder it makes a mess! I've never found the tab difficult to remove, even in a race.
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Re: gels and races

Postby JGSI » Tue Apr 17, 2012 08:43 am

No I just cut them more than they are already, but still sealed.

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Re: gels and races

Postby Number400 » Wed Apr 18, 2012 17:49 pm

I don't like to litter with them. I am going to experiment taping them near the top of my water bottles. I figure (and will test), that I can tear off the top while my bottle is in the holder, then roll my thumb against the bottle and gel pack to empty it. That will leave no trash to deal with as I will have plenty of time to stow the tab and the empty gell pack will remain on the bottle. And it is all one handed action.

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Re: gels and races

Postby JoeyHalloran » Wed Apr 18, 2012 19:35 pm

That seems remarkably complicated, why not just learn to open them with your mouth, roll up from the bottom of the packet to get it all out, then put it back in your pocket?

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Re: gels and races

Postby JGSI » Thu Apr 19, 2012 08:55 am

Must be me then, always was a messy eater from birth, I'll live with it


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Re: gels and races

Postby maryka » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:58 am

+1 on the gel flask. It fits easily in a jersey pocket, is hand-shaped, you can open it with your teeth then close it against your leg, stow it back in jersey pocket, all one-handed. Also you can water down the gels a bit if you like to make it flow easier.


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