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Two for Today: GU & Xpedo

From issue 93

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GU SALTED CHOCOLATE ENERGY STROOPWAFEL

gu salted chocolate energy stroopwafel

Chocolate and salt: Is there a more perfect combination in the universe? Now you can take this divine pairing on the go whenever you ride with GU’s Salted Chocolate Energy Stroopwafel. This is GU’s take on the classic Dutch stroopwafel, a treat made of two thin waffle wafers sandwiching a layer of filling. You don’t have to feel bad about eating a “dessert” midride; these caffeine-free stroopwafels deliver critical carbs, sodium and amino acids, deliciously fueling your ride. We’ve tried a lot of stroopwafels meant specifically for athletes, but we find ourselves coming back to this flavor in particular time and time again. Enjoy one with a cup of hot coffee or tea as a pre-ride snack. Pro tip: Warm it up before eating by placing it over your drink—it takes the flavor to the next level! $22.50 (16 pack); guenergy.com

XPEDO APX PRO SMART TRAINER

We’ve long been a fan of Xpedo’s low-cost, high-quality pedals, so we’re always interested to see what the brand is up to. Now, Xpedo is entering the world of direct-drive trainers with the APX Pro Smart Trainer. Featuring a hefty 18-pound freewheel for a real-road simulation, this smart trainer offers all the details you would expect from a high-end trainer, including +/- 2 percent power accuracy, a maximum 2,000-watt power output, 20-percent grade simulation and compatibility with your favorite virtual training apps. Add in its 5 degrees of side-to-side rocking and you have a very capable training companion. Plus, a quiet operating volume of just 68 decibels means you can get a workout in any time of day without disturbing your sleeping family. $1,099; xpedo.com

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