Eating for the evening bicycle ride

To be honest, I’ve never paid much attention to what I eat before or after a ride. Why? Because I always found it so confusing. Everybody has opinions on what you should and shouldn’t eat, when you should eat it, how much to eat, and what percentage of carbs, proteins, and fats it should be. It’s serious information overload in my opinion. Unfortunately, I think I’ve paid for my inattentiveness to my intake and need to start giving it the attention it deserves. Up until now I’ve done almost all my bicycle riding in the mornings before breakfast. Now that I have nothing to prevent me from riding in the evenings I plan on doing my riding after I get home from work. That’ll put me on the bike about 6:00 PM and getting off, depending on the length, anywhere from 7 to 8. The big question I have is what should I be eating that’ll fuel me through the evening ride. It needs to be something simple to fix and fast to eat. How soon before riding should I eat? I leave work around 5 so should I eat before leaving work? What about post-ride? I’m leary about stocking up on food after the ride if I won’t be eating until 8 PM or so. Please leave any comments, advice, personal experience below. If you have a link to a good no-nonsense article on the subject that would be great...
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