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Old 12-01-07, 07:00 PM   #1
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coffee in hydration pack??

sorry i did a quick search but came up with nothing...

Love the commute (60miles round trip fixed) but with the mornings being near freezing has anybody put coffee or any hot fluids in a hydration bladder? I use a day pack to get my clothes to work so i have the room...but am not sure if a normal bladder could handle it or maybe someone has thought of this and has a neeeto invention? Or am I crazy for wanting to pound 24oz of hot steamy goodness as I wiz through traffic in the cooooold (okay okay so im in the bay area and dont know the meaning of cold)

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Old 12-01-07, 07:09 PM   #2
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i don't know.... i thought that a camel back tells you not to put hot liquids in it, and nothing other then water. but im not too sure.
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Yuck. Having occasionally seen the bottom of my coffee cup, I can imagine what a hydrapack would look like after some time.
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Old 12-01-07, 07:18 PM   #4
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No! no no no no no no no no....

Don't put anything but water in there, especially if you're not going to thoroughly clean & dry it every single day (tube included).

Even sports drinks & Kool-Aid aren't recommended because of the sugar. Camelbak actually sells flavor/electrolyte tablets that contain no sugar and won't ruin a bladder.

Now, I'm sure that you'll get people saying that it's fine, and I think you can even buy stuff meant to keep hot liquids warm in hydration packs, but if you look at my Camelbaks, bottles, and water jugs, you'll see that I never use them for anything but plain water.
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Coffee,
hard on one's bladder,
might not be the best for a long commute.
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Old 12-01-07, 07:26 PM   #6
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Coffee,
hard on one's bladder,
might not be the best for a long commute.
Heh... that too...
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I love my coffee, and I love riding my bike, and not to hijack the thread, but...

I don't need a full bladder (hydration pack), but I have been looking for some time now for a 16 oz or greater cage bottle that is insulated like a Thermos, but fits snugly and drip-free into my standard cage. The only coffee system I've seen is one that clamps onto the handlebar, which makes no sense as the cage is already there. Anyone seen a coffee bottle like this?
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Oh well, was a bit of a pipe dream...I might play around with the idea if i can find some easy to clean bladders. LoL it would be fun to stop by the cafe for a large mocha and just dump it in a bladder and hit the road.
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I don't need a full bladder (hydration pack), but I have been looking for some time now for a 16 oz or greater cage bottle that is insulated like a Thermos, but fits snugly and drip-free into my standard cage. The only coffee system I've seen is one that clamps onto the handlebar, which makes no sense as the cage is already there. Anyone seen a coffee bottle like this?
I have a Zefal Isotherm. I haven't tried it with hot beverages yet, and it isn't the going to keep your coffee hot for very long, but it is easy to find (Nashbar stocks it). More info on coffee while riding than you ever wanted to know can be found here:

http://www.bicyclecoffeesystems.com/

Here's their review of the Zefal:
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Zefal Isotherm
Zefal manufactures an insulated 16 ounce plastic thermal bottle called the Isotherm. It works like a standard water bottle, so you can drink and drive; but it will keep coffee hot for only about 45 minutes. It's a good choice if you're going to finish your coffee soon after you begin your ride.
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60 miles!?
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60 miles and fixed?!?! Hardcore!!!
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Old 12-01-07, 11:25 PM   #12
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60 miles!?
He said 60 miles round trip, so that's only 30 miles each way.

... 30 miles??... still...
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Soma Fab sells a handle bar mounted stainless thermos coffee mug called the Morning Rush. Here is a link:
http://store.somafab.com/morucoho.html
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I need my coffee in the am also. I down a cup before I leave, then on occasion use my stainless steel thermos bottle with the goods. I have a small one that fits in my bottle cage. You can pick them up at various coffee shops similar to the link below.


Be really careful using a thermos, the coffee can be really hot. I burned myself the first time I gulped down a slug. It's not like drinking water from a bottle.

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Old 12-02-07, 09:18 AM   #15
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Coffee,
hard on one's bladder,
might not be the best for a long commute.
Only if the commuter is unable to dismount anywhere between start and finish. At least for the guys.
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I often put hot peppermint and green tea in my cage bottle for cold mornings. It doesn't stay warm for long (cold by the time I get to work 15 miles later), but I really enjoy it at the beginning where it counts the most.

I think I might try that Zefal Isotherm myself!
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Only if the commuter is unable to dismount anywhere between start and finish. At least for the guys.
Or they could do the racer's technique!
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I can't imagine drinking coffee during my commute. I think I would barf and die.
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Or they could do the racer's technique!
Ya mean like poop in their pants!
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Hot coffee on two wheels "at speed". Many have sought this Grail, but none have found it. Perhaps it's just as well to contemplate that Holy Liquid as you ride and kneel before the Altar of Caffeine at the first practical moment after you arrive. This is Bliss and Joy Sufficient for most mortals.
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I was thinking, one thing I really used to like were those caffeinated Clif Bars. Do they still make those?
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What do you mean by "hot"? Are we talking McDonalds plastic liner melting "hot"?

And as a thread expander. I was reading in a training guide that the diuretic effects of caffeine are quickly dissipated by physical activity and (get this) allow fats to be metabolized at a faster rate (petty nice, huh?) for an energy boost.
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Check out Trek's Soho Coffee Mug. Its designed to fit into bottle cages and is also insulated.

Plus its on sale right now for Christmas at the shop I work at. It might also be at your local Trek Partner Dealership. (Check the Trek website for a concept store in your area.)

Im not a coffee drinker but I know of people that use it and they are liking it.

*edit* found the item on Trek's website. http://store.trekbikes.com/jump.jsp?...&bShopOnline=1
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Only if the commuter is unable to dismount anywhere between start and finish. At least for the guys.
not an issue with my commute, thankfully





ive got at least 3 restrooms enroute (different parks along the way) all with drinking fountains and plenty of suitable nature spots I could make a quick stop at.

Thanks for the link on the commuter mugs...i just ordered a couple.
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