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Old 12-15-10, 11:52 AM   #1
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Advice please

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I'm in fourth year in school and part of this year consists of everyone setting up a mini company. My group has the idea to make a coffee cup holder that clips onto your handlebars so it is easily accessible. The cup holder would be made out of recycled matieral. We got this idea from talking to a person in college. She said that there is never enough time to enjoy that cup of coffee or tea in the morning and that it would be great it she could bring it along with her during her commute especially during this freezing wintery mornings.

Could you please tell me if this is an item that you think could be a success in your opinion and would you be willing to buy it.? If so how much would you consider paying for it.

Thanks!
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Old 12-15-10, 12:03 PM   #2
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They have a few products that are designed to carry cups of coffee on your handlebars already . I don't know what materials they're made from though...

Now, if you designed one that carried a high-capacity thermos (like a big stanely) by attaching to the headtube or front fork or something, I would buy it. Most bottle accessories run from like $4-20 depending on what it is...I'm thinking of headlight mounts, bottle mounts, u-lock mounts, etc.
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Old 12-15-10, 12:09 PM   #3
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I have seen one made from aluminum with rubber on the inside, handlebar mount, and cost was $12. And yes, I would buy one (plan on buying one if I don't get it for xmass) because I have three lights to get through in the morning and it would be a perfect time to have a drink of coffee on the way in. A bonus design feature would be a reflector on the front of the holder, my handle bar realestate is starting to get crowded.
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I wouldn't buy one, I don't drink coffee. If I did drink coffee, I would just do it at work instead of during my commute.
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Old 12-15-10, 12:24 PM   #5
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my advice? go to http://www.google.com and type -> bicycle cup holder <-

joking aside, i think drinking coffee while riding is dangerous. A better product would be an insulated pouch to hold your thermos, have it connect to an existing water bottle cage. you can drink your coffee after parking your bike.
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Old 12-15-10, 01:46 PM   #6
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I wouldn't buy one, I don't drink coffee. If I did drink coffee, I would just do it at work instead of during my commute.
I bought one and started making coffee and taking it on the bike to work. I stopped after a few weeks and removed it after realizing that I would arrive at work everyday with a 95% full coffee cup. I just don't have enough hands free time to sip enough to make it worth the handlebar real estate. If I had more red lights it might be worth having though.

Nothing dangerous about it if your cup completely seals. I would just have a sip when at a red light or railroad crossing. I never tried drinking while flying down the road at full speed. I dont even do that with water in hot weather.
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if someone spills hot coffee on themselves, while using your product, guess who loses in a lawsuit?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liebeck...7s_Restaurants
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You mean like this?
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for 40 bucks it should make the make the coffee, not just hold the cup.
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I have seen one made from aluminum with rubber on the inside, handlebar mount, and cost was $12. And yes, I would buy one (plan on buying one if I don't get it for xmass) because I have three lights to get through in the morning and it would be a perfect time to have a drink of coffee on the way in. A bonus design feature would be a reflector on the front of the holder, my handle bar realestate is starting to get crowded.
I agree i think even if i tried i wouldn't have room to mount one one on my bars, now a rack mounted one maybe. but really my bike already has mounts for three holders one upright, and theres tons of different types already avail. for the frame mount ones.
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It's been done before. Why don't you design a holder for a dinner plate, cutlery and a napkin; so folks can have their dinner while they are commuting to work?

Even better would be seat with a fart escape hole so riders do not have to carry their farts along until the next time they get off?
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I would consider using such a product, and have thought of jury-rigging my own, but there are certainly problems.

Riders on many bikes are positioned leaning forward, so it would be hard to sip without sitting up. If you drank while pedalling you would have to take one hand off the bars so you would be creating a slightly dangerous situation.

I would only use it in cooler weather, since coffee makes you sweat a bit more and I have to use a lot of self-discipline to keep to a slow pace, and avoid having to change or shower when I ride to work in the summer.

Coffee might splurt out through the lid hole on rough roads.
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Even better would be seat with a fart escape hole so riders do not have to carry their farts along until the next time they get off?
This is an excellent suggestion. Even better would be a bag or some sort of receptacle to store the farts.
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Thermal coffee bladder with thermal hose and a special bite valve with coffee cooling abilities, tucked into an attractive lightweight backpack.

Quickly! I want two.
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How about a thing for your bike that plays banjo music in time with your pedalling?
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I hope folks keep posting these questions, as the replies tend to be the most creative ;-)

I think the best option is a rack mounted espresso/ cappuccino machine, so that at every red light, I could froth up some milk, or get a REAL caffeine boost!
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just put the coffee in your insulated bottle in your normal cage. No need for special equipment. I regularly do this when I ride below 40 degrees.
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if someone spills hot coffee on themselves, while using your product, guess who loses in a lawsuit?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liebeck...7s_Restaurants
Very different situation here, though there is clearly no logic in how courts rule in these kinds of cases. With a cup holder, you do the brewing and are thus responsible for the temperature of the drink, the seal of the lid, etc. Of course, I'm assuming a certain level of logic is applied. I'm sure everything will be fine as long as there is an adequately obnoxious warning label. CAUTION: This cup holder is capable of holding dangerously hot beverages in unsafe containers.
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