This post repeatedly uses "2×4" when referring to food eaten on a long, multiday tour. I suspect it's a shorthand for nutritional guidelines when planning meals but it's hard to Google for. What does this refer to?

Our route headed past Devil’s Punch Bowl and climbed into the clouds powered by the 2×4 of eggs, hashbrowns, bacon and stack of pancakes


  • Four items x two serves
    – andy256
    Nov 4, 2015 at 21:15
  • 1
    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's about road food, not about bikes.
    – RoboKaren
    Nov 11, 2015 at 3:33

1 Answer 1


It's the ratio of protein to carbs

  • Aha that makes sense but why is it not "reduced"? Is it 2 servings of protein and 4 of carbs? I'm obviously not looking for actionable nutritional advice just curious! Nov 4, 2015 at 12:57
  • 1
    Can you explain that and maybe link to some details please. I still have no idea how the numbers translate to anything I could do.
    – Móż
    Nov 4, 2015 at 20:47
  • 1
    Yes, they mean servings and I assume they don't reduce it because it's an easy way to remember. "Build a foundation for your ride" type thing. First understand that fueling is different for everyone. There's always some trial and error til you find out what works best for you. Personally, I can't eat as big a breakfast as they mention in the article but the ratio of proteins and carbs is similar. Just a smaller portion.
    – Ryan Close
    Nov 5, 2015 at 1:20
  • 1
  • Can you edit your comments into your answer please?
    – Nuі
    Nov 7, 2015 at 6:10

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.