Bars offer a more substantial fuel source for long rides and often are packed
with protein as well as carbohydrates. They may be a bit harder to eat on the
bike, but if you are heading out for more than two hours, it’s a good idea to
have one on hand.
Clif Builder’s Bar
Serving size: 1 bar/2.4 oz.
Flavors: Chocolate, Chocolate Chip,
Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Peanut
Butter, Cookies ’n’ Cream, Crunchy
Peanut Butter, S’mores, Vanilla
What stands out? While some
nutritional bars out there can be
chalky and tough, Clif’s Builder’s Bar
is like a candy bar that you won’t feel
bad about eating. It is packed with
plenty of protein for big days in the
saddle or recovering after.
Bonk Breaker Energy Bar
Serving size: 1 bar/2.2 oz.
Flavors: Peanut Butter and Jelly,
Peanut Butter and Jelly/High Protein,
Almond Cherry Chunk/High Protein,
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip,
Apple Pie, Blueberry Oat, Espresso
Chip, Almond Butter and Honey,
Peanut Butter and Banana, Fig
What stands out? Bonk Breaker
bars have a slightly different texture
than most out there. They are dense,
but moist and easy to eat at the same
time. Their Peanut Butter and Jelly bar
is one of our favorites on the market.
Tired of the texture of gels? Chews might be your answer. The flavors and
nutrients often mirror their gelatinous counterparts, and they are nearly as easy
to eat on the bike.
Cytomax Energy Drops
Serving size: 5 drops/1.1 oz. ( 2 per
Flavors: Pomegranate Berry,
Tropical Fruit, Orange, Tangerine
What stands out? These remind us
of the awesome fruit chews we used to
get at lunch as kids, but they’re perfectly acceptable to eat as adults! Their
lighter, softer texture makes them some
of the easiest to get down.
Clif Shot Bloks
Serving size: 3 pieces/1.1 oz. ( 2 per
Flavors: Black Cherry, Chocolate
Cherry, Citrus, Cran-Razz, Margarita,
Mountain Berry, Orange, Strawberry,
What stands out? Clif nailed it
with the packaging of their Shot Bloks.
The Shot Bloks are lined up single file
and are easy to dispense with one hand
on the bar.
Honey Stinger Organic
Serving size: 1 pack/1.8 oz.
Flavors: Pink Lemonade,
Caffeinated Lime-Ade, Fruit Smoothie,
Cherry Blossom, Pomegranate Passion
Fruit, Orange Blossom
What stands out? Honey Stinger’s
chews are some of the best tasting out
there. The Pink Lemonade flavor will
make you want to ride just so you can
enjoy them. ;
Clif Shot Roks
Serving size: 10 pieces/ 2. 5 oz.
Flavors: Peanut Butter, Chocolate,
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
What stands out? Shot Roks are
almost like a bar broken up into 10 pieces,
allowing you to space out calories more
easily over the ride and more precisely.
The coating doesn’t melt in your jersey
pocket, and the texture is easy to chew.
These energy options are originals.
They don’t quite fit into a category,
and that’s fine with us.
Serving size: 1
Stinger based these on the Dutch “
stroop-wafel” that are popular among cyclists in
Europe. They tend to crumble a bit in
their packaging, but the amazing taste is
definitely worth any mess they may make.
We’ve found ourselves picking up an extra
one when stocking up at the bike shop to
eat right away!