Taking a Cycling Vacation? We Can Help!

July and August are those two magical months when you can take time off work and disappear from normal life for awhile. And if you’re an athlete, that usually means taking your bikes, shoes, wetsuit.. whatever with you. Maybe you’re off to a big triathlon or climbing in the Pyrenees; whatever your vacation of choice, if you’re going to be active on your cycling vacation, we’ve got your back.

Here a couple of things we recommend for your vacation:

Bike Bags

Cycling VacationDid you know we not only sell but rent bike travel bags? With an EVOC travel bag your bike will stay safe during a long flight. It’s only $50 for the week to take one of our bags. We can even box it up for you if you’re new to flying with a bike.*

*Additional Fee may apply

 

 

Wetsuits

Cycling VacationHeading to a big triathlon event? Need a wetsuit? Stop by the shop and reserve a suit for your big event. Staycation? Sure. We can do that too! Reserve your wetsuit at Cyclelogik and pick it up at any local Somersault event!

 

 

 

 

Nutrition

Cycling VacationWe have so much nutrition! Everything from gels to recovery powders. And it isn’t just for races! Grab a couple cliff bars for that big camping trip! Stuff a few Honey Stinger energy chews into your pocket during that epic hike! We have products from Made Good, Skratch, Xact Nutrition, Beet-It, Naak, Kuul, Picky Bar, Clif, Honey Stinger, Hammer, and many more! Come by the shop to see whole selection! Many of our nutrition products are certified organic and vegan friendly. So there’s something for everyone!

Tune Up!

Before packing your bike into one of our travel bags for the big French cycling adventure, bring your road machine in for a tune up. The last thing you want are squeaky gears and sloppy shifts when you’re going up the Tourmalet!

Even if it’s not a big road adventure, bring the kids bikes in for a quick check-up before heading off to Algonquin Park. Kids love jumps, stumps, roots and rocks so it’s always a good idea to make sure everything is in good running order.

Apparel

Thought you could get away with your old helmet and shoes that you’ve been using for the last 5 years? Maybe not. Stop by the shop and kit yourself for your cycling vacation. All of our Northwave and 2016 Shimano shoes are on clearance right now! Check out the new line of Scott helmets and protect your noggin with MIPS technology –and look effing cool doing it!

Oh. And socks! All the socks! It’s Canada’s 150th year so celebrate with a pair of Enduroffical Canada 150 themed cycling socks! Remember when you were a carefree student and slapped a Canada patch on your backpack when you took off to Europe? Well Canada socks are the cycling version of that. Make it happen!

Bikes

Of course! What could be better than hopping on a brand new bike during your cycling vacation?! Treat yo self! Pick up a bike from Cyclelogik in July and get 10% off instock models. Get a sweet new bike for an epic vacation!

If you need anything else, just ask! Enjoy your vacation, whatever you end up doing!

It’s All About Nutrition!

Nutrition

Nutrition is the cornerstone of any successful endurance activity. From training to racing, you need to stay fuelled and well high hydrated. At Cyclelogik we carry a wide range of awesome products that will keep you going on the toughest of days. We have all your favourite staples and some interesting and unusual choices that we think you should try!

Gels

Endurance TapThe classic packet of gooey carbohydrates. Squeeze one in your mouth and your body gets a quick shot of glucose to keep you alert and sharp during a long hard ride, run, or race.

At Cyclelogik we carry all your favourite brands of gels. Clif Shots, PowerGels, eLoad gels, Hammer gels, and Endurance Tap. We’re chock full of gels.  Each brand has it’s own unique flavours, consistency, and texture. Some people prefer the thick molasses-like texture of the Clif shot, while others are disposed to the light and viscous texture of the Endurance Tap. Whatever you preference, pop by the shop on your next ride and we’ll find the one perfect for you.

Chews and Gummies

Fruit 2These are our favourite types of fuel. You can munch on some sweet candy-like chews and not feel bad about it. It’s like raiding the Bulk Barn without the guilt. We carry Shot Bloks, Skratch Drops, Honey Stinger chews, and Fruit 2 bars. And they’re all so good. Pop a couple in your bento box during your next event. Race fuel can be fun.

 

 

 

Bars 

Naak

The bar. Nothing beats the bar. They’re the cornerstone of athletic nutrition. Bars are great because they have a variety of different purposes. Some are rich in protein for post-race snacking, some are high in carbs and easy on the belly for during races and events. Others are just great to keep in your purse, glove box, backpack, whatever, for a quick and easy snack during the day.

Honey Stinger Waffles

Literally. They’re actual waffles. And they’re effing delicious.  We carry the classic honey flavour and the strawberry flavour. Give them a try. They’re flat and you can easily fit 5 or 6 in your jersey pockets without having a huge bulge in your jersey. Amazing for long rides and races.

K’UL Bars

Vegan. Gluten Free. Soy Free. Dairy Free. But most importantly: chocolate. These artisan crafted bars are delicious. They’re essentially chocolate bars for athletes. 70% Dark chocolate and Cherry are the first two ingredients on the package. And there are no weird unpronounceable ingredients. They taste good and they’re perfect for our food sensitive athletes out there. Fuel your ride naturally.

Picky Bars

With flavour names like ‘Laura’s Mega Nuts,’ ‘Smooth Caffeinator,’ and ‘Cookie Doughpness,’ (yes, the P is supposed to be there), these bars really need no other description. But let’s do it anyway. They’re delicious and easy on the stomach. They’re the bar-of-choice for most of our triathlon team during long course triathlon events. They’ve got a little bit of everything the body needs to keep moving forward. They’re small and fit easily into almost any jersey pocket or bento box. Try one!

Made Good

We hear they’re made good.. (we’re allowed a Dad joke now and then..) These are less of a bar and more of a bag of delicious energy filled balls. Imagine a marble made from a granola bar. Bite sized snacks for those who like to munch on something often.

Naak

These are new. And they weird. But they’re also delicious. …and they’re made from crickets.. Okay. It doesn’t sound appetizing but they’re actually really good. Don’t worry, there’s no actual crickets. The crickets were turned into a flour and then used to make the bars. Cricket protein is a thing. Look it up. You should give them a chance. We did. And we regret nothing.

Pro Krunch

A protein bar that doesn’t punish your stomach. Imagine a Kit Kat Bar went on a diet. It’s a chocolate covered wafer bar that is not only satisfying but delicious. Munch on one of these immediately after a race and you’ll be good to go. Check out our review off all Xact Nutrition products

Clif Bar

The Clif Bar. Need we say more? Everyone loves the Clif Bar. They’re great ride and run fuel, but they’re also just nice to munch on as a snack. Sometimes you don’t have time eat during the day so grab a Clif Bar.

Shots

Beet ItTequila. Bourbon. Whiskey. We have shots. Okay. Not really. Our shots have Beet juice in them. If you want to mix our Beet shots with alcohol, that’s your business. We have Beet It shots that are great for post ride recovery. Apparently Beet juice has all sorts of amazing properties and has even been touted as a natural EPO. We can’t confirm any of that but we do know that beet juice is chock full of good stuff like nitrates. Nitrates! And in shot form, you can take it with you anywhere.

We’ve got everything you need to cover all your nutrition needs. Stop by the shop and check out our full range of nutritional products. Stayed fuelled. Stay sharp. Keep pushing!

Review: Xact Nutrition

Generally I don’t pay enough attention to the brands of gels or bars that I use when I’m riding to bother writing a review about them. Normally I just stop into my local LBS and grab a mix of whatever they have as long as it’s fruit flavoured, has caffeine and/or some protein in it. But I recently started using Xact Nutrition bars almost exclusively on my rides and during races so I’ve been paying some attention to what I like and don’t like about them.

First off, I have to admit that when it comes to bars and gels, I don’t generally put much stock into proprietary performance enhancing gimmicks. If we get down to brass tacks, almost every gel and energy bar is basically the same, they’re just a wad of high fructose corn syrup with some flavouring and maybe some caffeine. But to be fair, that’s all they really need to be because that’s all you really want when you’re racing or riding hard. The point of these energy bars is to maintain blood sugar levels to preserve your muscle glycogen as long as possible. While the health conscious folks might see HFCS as the anti-christ, it’s really more of a magic elixir for endurance athletes. So when a company releases a product boasting a ‘new formula’ that has x% more energy than the leading brand or some ridiculous claim like that, I tend not to pay attention. Just give me the sugar-filled goo blob and no one gets hurt.

And that’s why Xact appeals to me. There are no silly gimmicks involved. In fact if you go to their website the first thing that comes up is their products laid out in a straight forward way: fruit bar; caffeine fruit bar; protein bar. You would never know at first glance that these things are actually vegan friendly and made with actual fruit so, as it turns out, they don’t even have any HFCS in them at all. Rejoice! But that doesn’t really matter to me. And the the fact they are vegan friendly and made of real fruit doesn’t affect my opinion of these bars at all. What I like is their utter simplicity, their taste, and their ease of consumption.

Simplicity

On the Fruit 2 and Fruit 3 the packaging is perfectly clear, one is a basic fruit bar that offers the simple sugar boost you need with classic fruit flavours and the other is the same but with caffeine. If there is one thing I find pointless and irritating it’s when nutrition companies offer performance gels in silly hipster flavours like Coconut Graham Cracker. When I’m in a crit race and I’m digging through my pockets for a gel, I don’t need to satisfy my complex pretentious hipster palette. I just need something that tastes good enough that I don’t want to spit it out all over the other riders. And in this area, Xact hits the mark with flavours like Orange, Strawberry and Apricot.

Their Pro Krunch protein bar comes only in chocolate, which is good, because if I’m going to stuff a protein bar in my mouth I at least want to pretend that it’s a delicious Kit-Kat bar and not actually something that’s good for me.

Taste

The two fruit bars are delicious. I wish they came in the bulk bins at the grocery store because I would snack on them like candy. And that’s really all I need to say about that.

Ease of Consumption

This is definitely the most important part of a good bar and the Fruit 2 and Fruit 3 pass this test with flying colours. They’re soft and manageable. They don’t get gummy in your mouth so you don’t have to spend the first 5 minutes after swallowing one using your tongue to get the gooey remnants off your teeth. While they aren’t as easy to open as a gel (a quick work around is to just open the package a little before you take off on your ride or race) they definitely don’t give you that feeling like you want to throw up a little when you first put them into your mouth like a gel –is it just me that this happens to?

The Pro Krunch Bar is definitely the most surprising of Xact’s offerings. Most protein bars are dry and heavy and give you gut rot if you don’t chug 2 bottles of water immediately after swallowing. This bar is surprisingly light and easy to swallow –literally. It doesn’t mess with my stomach at all. Because it’s lighter than most bars I do find that it doesn’t feel quite as filling. I need to eat two after a long ride in order to feel somewhat satisfied. Of course, you should never rely on protein bars alone for post-ride/race food but sometimes it’s all you get until you can make dinner or get somewhere where there is more food available.

Overall I really like both the fruit bars and the protein bar that Xact offers. The only downsides are that protein bar isn’t as filling as I would like and the fruit bars do get a little squishy on hot days in the back of your jersey pocket. Fortunately, they don’t get sticky, just a little softer than usual. If there’s one thing I hate is having my jersey pockets full of stray goo from empty gel packets. This doesn’t happen with the Fruit 2 and Fruit 3 bars.

Check out Xact Nutrition and try some of their stuff.