Michael J. Moody

Best energy bars for cycling: High-carb snacks for on and off the bike

No matter whether you’re riding, running, hiking or undertaking any other form of exercise, you need fuel, usually in the form of carbohydrates, to avoid the dreaded bonk. The best energy bars are designed with exactly this requirement in mind, and are typically packed with carbohydrates for this very reason. 

Bonking, also known as hitting the wall, is technically called exercise-induced hypoglycemia and it’s what occurs when your blood sugar drops and your body’s glycogen stores are depleted. Luckily, fuelling your workouts is an easy and effective way to prevent it from happening. 

Depending on the intensity and the duration of your exercise, there are different ways to go about it. Unlike the best energy gels, which are designed to fuel you like petrol would a flame, bars are often made using slower-release energy that fuels you for longer periods at lower intensities. 

However, with so many different options available

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Deaths in truck crashes jumped 13% as feds continued to ignore recommended safety steps

More than 5,600 people were killed last year in crashes involving large trucks, a 13% increase over 2020 and the largest number in almost four decades, according to preliminary figures released by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

The 5,601 deaths from crashes involving trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds was the most since the 5,613 recorded in 1985, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Last year, 4,965 fatalities were recorded.

“What more is needed to take safety seriously?” said Dawn King, board president of the Truck Safety Coalition, an advocacy group comprised of Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways and Parents Against Tired Truckers.

It came as federal transportation officials, with some prodding from Congress, finally moved ahead on long-sought improvements to improve truck safety and reduce crashes.

President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law would require automated braking systems for trucks heavier than

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This Bagged 2022 Ford Maverick XL Is A Modern Callback To Mini Truckin’

When Kenneth McCay saw the Maverick and placed his order, the intent was always to turn it into the mini-truck you see before you. “I put 70 miles on it before driving straight to my buddy’s shop,” McCay told us. He also had an airbag suspension setup in mind, “Airbags are the way to go,” he explained when we asked if he thought about doing coilovers instead of the air suspension; “I never considered any other route.” At first, the Maverick rode on larger wheels, but, “I got tired of my buddies making fun of it not laying out, so I had to go with smaller wheels and tires,” McCay added.

The 2022 Maverick XL rides on a custom made Chassis Tech air suspension system and raised strut towers. This was handled by NTX All Terrain, which also handled the wheel and

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Retro in the Right Ways

acura integra Full Overview

Say you’re looking for a right-size new car that’s not boring, with four doors for everyday practicality, and make it premium because, hey, you deserve it. With the average price of a new vehicle having recently risen to nearly 50 grand, something around the pre-supply-chain-crunch average price tag of about $35,000 would be aces. Provided you haven’t already locked on a fully loaded mainstream family sedan or an SUV, the 2023 Acura Integra is definitely worth a look.

This Acura resurrects an iconic name to compete in an entry-luxury segment defined by tiny, luxury-badged offerings such as the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, Mercedes A-Class, and Audi A3. Mostly, those are cynical plays for prestige chasers, merely decent cars that don’t offer their brands’ best. The Integra may seem just as craven—it’s based on the Honda Civic—yet it has real cachet, with “Integra” having lived rent-free

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