20 May 2009

bikefix Exclusive Review: Clif Shot Bloks

I won’t do too many food reviews over my tenure at Bikefix, but every once in awhile you get inspired. I don’t like food reviews because everybody is so different in what they can eat and how it affects them. I like Shot Blocks so much that I had to share them with you so that you can at least try them once if you haven’t already.

Cliff is a neat company because it tries to keep all its ingredients natural and organic. The Shot blocks are 95% organic and the list of ingredients is reasonably short. The main energy sources for the blocks are Brown Rice Syrup and Evaporated Cane Juice. This gives the Shot Blocks about a 50/50 ratio of simple to complex carbohydrates. I have found that I like some sugar (aka simple carbs) along with my superior energy sources (complex carbs) -it just seems to make me more satisfied and happy. This can be very important mentally when you are struggling on a big ride. They also have some sodium and potassium to help with electrolyte loss.

Shot Blocks taste pretty good too. I like to say they taste like inferior gummy candy, but that is unfair to the Shot Blocks. Perhaps “different” would be a better word than “inferior”- or perhaps a bit of both. They are divine when you are hungry and tired though. I don’t advocate only eating Shot Blocks on really long rides- they are a supplementary food on those types of rides, but on shorter rides around 2-3 hrs, I can get by just on shot blocks (and maybe one gel-type food). They come in a bunch of flavors and are also available with a half-shot or full-shot of caffeine. My favorite flavor is Black Cherry.

They come wrapped 6 in a row (about 2 gels' worth of energy), and are easy to eat with gloves on as you can squeeze them out of the packaging like an Otter Pop. So give them a shot (excuse the pun) and see if they work for you. My local bike shop sells a package of 6 for $2.00.

charlie

www.clifbar.com

2 comments:

David said...

How on earth is this an Exclusive Review? It's only two months after this review.

http://bikehugger.com/2009/03/cliff-fires-off-next-shot-in-n.html

Two years after this review

http://gearjunkie.com/margarita-flavor-clif-shot-bloks

Two months after this one

http://www.danbailey.net/499/review-clif-shot-bloks

bikefix said...

Just like most all of our reviews, it is exclusive not because nobody else has reviewed it, but because bikefix is the only place you'll find it.