On the road Snacks

by bikeboy76   November 17, 2012  

Just wondering what peoples favourite cycling snack is. I am needing a back pocket energy boost +50km. Chocolate is delicious but melty, though the winter might help with that. I quite like Kelloggs Elevenses but there is not quite enough substance in them.

Any good suggestions/favourites? But not £1.50 for a squidge of chemicals please.

14 user comments

Oldest firstNewest firstBest rated

you can always make your own flapjacks very easy to do. or get some maltloaf(soreen) or fig bicc's.

posted by mpt68 [101 posts]
17th November 2012 - 1:59


As mpt68 says, make your own, thats the best bet.

Apart from that, I would say to give any one of these three a try. Clif Bar, Powerbar Natural or Mulebar Natural Nerd

Gkam84's picture

posted by Gkam84 [9040 posts]
17th November 2012 - 3:28


I personally use energy gels whilst on the move with the occassional savoury snack at a tea stop. But please if you use energy gels take the wrappers home/dispose of them properly. The way I do it is to fill a "topping" dispenser up at home (see photo) then stick it in the back pocket no mess no fuss approx 4 gels per bottle. There was a sportive/charity ride round my way a few months back you could follow the route not by the signage but by all the wrappers in the hedgerows!


posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [605 posts]
17th November 2012 - 8:12


Another thought, if you want savoury rather than cake try tray baking some sausages then when cool, wrap them in clingfilm & stick'em in pocket/saddle bag


posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [605 posts]
17th November 2012 - 8:16


Flapjack, banana, cereal bar, snickers, jaffa cakes, apples etc.

Energy gels are useful if you're riding hard for a long time, but they're not always pleasant.

the_mikey's picture

posted by the_mikey [148 posts]
17th November 2012 - 8:33


Malt loaf is one of my favorites. Nice and easy to store but packs a big hit IMHO. Bananas are good too.

I often take a Natures Valley cereal bar out with me too but that could be due to getting about 20 free from a rep Big Grin

posted by Marauder [246 posts]
17th November 2012 - 9:40


Mmm, malt loaf. Not tried it on the bike, I just love the stuff!

I use a lezyne snack pouch just aft of the stem, no melty chocolate!

There was a recipe on here I think some time ago for chocolate tiffin, that would be well worth trying.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3475 posts]
17th November 2012 - 9:56


if u dont want to pay a small fortune for a snack, try aldi have blackfriars flapjacks at till only 49p each in a choice of flavours, my personal fav cherry bakewell.

posted by issacforce [206 posts]
17th November 2012 - 11:20


You can't beat a banana (but be cateful where you toss the skin). Flapjack is great though I'm a bit picky and prefer homemade to most factory ones. In cooler weather a Snickers in your seat pack is tough to beat, especially when the 4-pack is £1.
Cereal, muesli and fruit bars (Eat Natural are nice) but don't take anything less than 40-50g or you'll need two at a time.

One idea I'm keen to try is a croissant with chocolate spread or jam, yummmm! My kids love the chocoate twists that the Co-Op cook in the mornings from part-baked dough, that might be a good alternative. These fat-laden, pastry based foods are fine provided you're not riding hard, as during more intense workouts the blood is diverted from the stomach.

Simon E's picture

posted by Simon E [2059 posts]
17th November 2012 - 16:57


2 thick slices of malt-loaf, spread one thickly with Peanut Butter and the other with any jam (but my home made Damson is best !) - cram together, wrap and enjoy on the road (I think the Yanks call it Peanut Butter Gello).

Does the trick for me !

posted by Littlesox [89 posts]
17th November 2012 - 18:26


the_mikey wrote:
Energy gels are useful if you're riding hard for a long time, but they're not always pleasant.

True. Looks like Flapjacks are no. 1, followed by Malt loaf.

I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer, I spat out Plath and Pinter.

bikeboy76's picture

posted by bikeboy76 [1434 posts]
17th November 2012 - 19:20


If you're eat while riding then chewy is not good, especially if you ride hard - makes breathing difficult. For that reason, my favourite is banana & honey sandwich (with butter), cut in quarters and individually wrapped in a bit of foil. Yum yum!

posted by daddyELVIS [453 posts]
17th November 2012 - 22:54


My new thing is 'Millionaire Shortbread Bites.' I put about 5 in a sandwich bag and eat them every so often, you can get mini flapjacks and stuff as well.

For banana, cut one in half and slit the skin at the top, that way you can jar squeeze the fruit out without properly peeling it.

9 bars as well have done me well over a year or so, two of them per ride.

Nakd bars are OK.

Personally, I think that real food is much better during a ride, gels and stuff are so hyped. The pros eat rice cakes and muffins; not orange flavoured salty syrup.

Sir Velo

Raleigh's picture

posted by Raleigh [1733 posts]
17th November 2012 - 23:51


bananas, flapjacks, dried fruit and for a quick boost jelly babies.

And an (almost) seasonal one is left over Christmas pud - makes my boxing day ride worthwhile!

TheHatter's picture

posted by TheHatter [811 posts]
18th November 2012 - 19:12