I usually take two servings at the rest stop in the middle of the ride and two at the end . I like the taste especially the vanilla, chocolate and peanut butter flavors. I use the gels because I have angina and cannot digest bulky food without feeling distress on the rest of the ride.
My only peeve with this and like products is that it gets everywhere (your cloths, bag, gloves, and your hands). Maybe there is a neat way of consuming this. I wouldnt mind sucking on something that could easily be resealed. It is not worth the hassle for me though.
If the packaging was dynamic and you could easily select the correct size you wanted, then emptying one of these in a go would be nearly prefect. Yet you have to think about delivery time and hand time. Especially for cycling, I would like to keep my hands on the handle bars and spend only a bit of time grabbing comforts (food, what have you not).
I use GU Energy Gels about fifteen minutes before I start the ride. They taste good and help get me in the mindset to get a great ride in. During my ride I usually have a second and sometimes a third gel when I know there are climbs coming.
My only complaint is they are tough to get open and once opened its tough to get the gel out of the packaging. This said, GU should make the packaging with detents at the opening, so that the foil rips open easier. Once open, the opened neck should be made to handle more gel volume so that's its not so hard to get the product out.
Because of the effort required to open and consume, I normally use them when I'm coasting or stopped. I have other energy products that I use when I'm keeping up a pace.
GU is perfect for me. The chcoclate flavor is very good - my favorite - and the expresso is great since it has 2x the caffeine (which I like on race day). Very good prior to and during running, biking, or other workouts.
I use Gu before my early morning tempo runs as a quick source of fuel. I also use them on my long runs. I like the consisteny of Gu better than all other competitors and it seems to give me the best boost of energy.
I depend on these GU energy gels for my pre-ride and recharge along the route. They are hard to find in the flavor I prefer and very expensive. Buying this box on sale beat the retail price greatly!
Been using GU gels (no caffeine) for years and they are the only gels I use. I find the consistency perfect. Some complain theyre too thick but I disagree with that. Ive tried the runny types and I spillt more,on my gloves than went into my mouth. Most importantly they are easy to digest and they dont cause me to crash. Buy them.
This is a great product for sustained energy. Be certain to purchase the GU with caffeine as was recommended by a friend of mine who is a personal trainer. Follow the directions to take one approx. every 45 minutes and you can push your effort. I never tired during a 50 mile bike ride in the Adirondacks and I attribute that to this product.
I used to prefer this gel over the more liquidy PowerBar gels, but not any longer.
All in all, this is a very good product, but I find it just a little tough to swallow, it's so gooey, it's almost like slugging down raw honey or something?
Pros It works to keep you moving and definitely helps you get up that next big hill or to keep up in your paceline after a long day in the saddle.
Cons A little on the gooey side.