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On a long ride I like having these in my jersey pocket . I never would have thought these could provide energy to finish the ride / make the goal . I've not had one I didn't like ; I was apprehensive of salted watermelon but it is one of my favorites . The only thing I don't like is sticky fingers that cause sticky brake levers and shifters , but I'm willing to deal with it . It's hard to let sticky fingers get the better of good energy and good bicycle rides .
I like to get a verity of brands and flavors for my gels to keep things interesting. My latest purchase was the GU mint chocolate. This flavor has a thinner texture than the other GU's. It was great! For very long rides it gets hard to put down some of the thicker GU's, but I can always put down mint chocolate. I like the easy removal tab on GU gels, though it can be tedious to properly dispose of it. The Clif gels have the leash for the tab, though it usually creates another opening.
As well as having the option of flavor and caffeine level, these gels really suit my digestion system. Taken as suggested they have powered me through my first century in 20 years and a recent hilly metric.