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These are delicious. But keep in mind that as the title says, they really are meal sized -- not quite right for workout food, unless you are ok with eating half and saving the rest for later. I guess as far as foods go, being so delicious that it's hard to stop eating them isn't really a big problem, but in my mind is the only factor keeping these from these being the perfect trail food.
I've tried different types of mixes, and what I've found is that regardless of flavor or brand, drinking more water makes me feel better on a long ride or hike. Nuun helps me do that in because
--Taste too sweet when you're trying to drink a bottle an hour
--Make your bottles dirty
--Settle down so the top of your bottle is just water while the bottom is syrup
However, It Does:
--Taste really refreshing
--Require almost zero effort to mix
--Let you eat calories and drink hydration on different schedules without one affecting the other
The side loader makes it way easy to get bottles into and out of its cage even when totally gassed from hard efforts on the road bike, or when you need to hurry up and get a drink before the next rock garden on the mountain bike. Without the requirement to "thread the needle" with your water bottle, you can just grab it and pull in a natural motion to get your drink.
This cage is for your downtube if you pull the bottle right-handed. If you grab the bottle lefty, or want to pull rightward and need a cage to go vertically on your seat tube, you'll want the OtherSideloader.
Simply put, the Edge 500 rocks. You can move it from bike to bike, or even throw it in your pocket for a run or hike, without any fuss over speed sensors or wiring. It's excellent motivation to push it on a ride to reach your goals for speed, distance, or elevation gain (yep, it tracks total elevation gain).
I upload my data to the free Garmin Connect service (see http://connect.garmin.com/features) about once a week. From there you can map your ride, analyze performance mile by mile, and even post it to Facebook so your riding buddies can view it.
I bought a pair during Spring 2011 and they quickly became my go-to short for hard rides in Arkansas's summertime heat. The compression keeps you feeling fresh, the fabric breathes well, and the contoured chamois pays off when rides stretch into the 2-3 hour range.
They're definitely cut for a performance (European style) fit, and the medium gave me just the right amount of compression at the legs without being overtight at the waste (I'm 5'10", 31" waste, 150 lbs). If you're used to wearing an American brand like Pearl Izumi, expect these to be quite a bit more snug and consider sizing up.
My only complaint (and this is entirely my fault) is that I bought the white-paneled ones and they were a bear to keep clean. They do make you feel fast, but be super careful changing a flat because any contact with chain lube or brake grime and they'll never be the same.
Bring a few for yourself, and a few for your riding buddies because they'll be begging to share. there's other food that I prefer to eat while on the bike, but if you're pulling over for a quick trail snack these are hard to beat.