Fads, junk and non essentials.

Dave Taylor

Rex kwan Do
Just trying to have an open discussion and try and help people avoid getting taken advantage of with fass, junkie products and just things you don’t need in general.

I’ll start with fads. There will be plenty more, but here are some protein shakes, high carb drinks, and gels, beet juice drinks and powders, amino acids like betaine,, and chamois butter.

Some brands and products I feel our subpar these days. I will name Trek/Bontrager #1 as the amount of broken frames, broken handlebars and carbon components, as well as poorly made tires. I think size has killed quality as they were not always such poor quality. Pivot cycles frames. Here is a company that I feel has decent geometry and design with some exceptional standouts like the swinger speed chain adjustment set up. That is money, but they skimp on overall structure of the frames, hardware, quality, and design and certain areas like the bottom bracket. I’ve seen several pivot les frames and newer generation Mach 4 SL frames Break and not from hard riding. Anything race face, especially the next SL cranks. Endless cogs with broken teeth.

Some things we just don’t need Our 34 different varieties of gravel, mountain and road bikes. “ proper nutrition.”. I will reinforce this as I feel 99% of the nutrition products that these companies market and sell to you are overpriced sugar water. You want something that works just as well? Go to Costco and buy a 20 pound bag of cane sugar to mix in your bottles And maple syrup to keep in your flask. Other overhyped crap is normatech legs,
Mmmm. Maple syrup.

My wife is a sports dietitian. The nutrition products are mostly a lot of hype - but not because there's no benefit at all. It's just that it's a very marginal gain for an already-very-high-performer (i.e. well-condotioned professional athlete in season), at best. A lot of the new-hotness products are based on one study in 200 rats that showed a 3% increase in oxygen carrying capacity or something. In humans? I'unno, show me the data. Some business school student needed a senior thesis and now they're on Shark Tank thinking they're gonna save the future of sports.

Also, many of the products are untested supplements, so you have no idea if there's actually any active product, or any contaminants. If it has a Supplement Facts label, it's unregulated. Look for products that are NSF Certified for Sport - they're at least manufactured well and third-party tested.

If your first exposure to a product is a social media influencer, it's almost certainly bogus.

Just eat food. All foods fit. Don't fear carbs. If you're trying to lose weight, eat less and move around more. Etc etc.
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