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Old 05-14-14, 01:27 PM   #26
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Is your bottle designed to withstand the heat?
I'm going to guess not? It does get a bit softer 'feel' to it, but I figure saranwrap is good to at least 250 F, and this way it cools down quicker so I can drink it with out worrying about burning myself on the commute.
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I'm going to guess not? It does get a bit softer 'feel' to it, but I figure saranwrap is good to at least 250 F, and this way it cools down quicker so I can drink it with out worrying about burning myself on the commute.
Okay. I was just worried that some toxic material may sneak into your coffee. I hope it doesn't happen.
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Neither do I. My old commute was about 15 miles and I had a few long lights at the start so those dark and chilly mornings were made nicer by a wonderful brew.

I lost another mug a few months ago due to a weird bump and bounce over a man hole where my mug flew out and tumbled down the road at rush hour. Since then I have stuck to the dual thermos in the pannier. It used to be thermos and mug, so the second thermos was no big deal.
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Okay. I was just worried that some toxic material may sneak into your coffee. I hope it doesn't happen.
You and me both.

To quote Austin Powers "I also like to live dangerously"

Thanks for the concern!
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Not what you requested precisely.. but close, and it's saved my butt. My commutes are 15 miles one way, I do ever so adore good coffee (read as ground from beans, not cheap, yada yada yada). Button top seal, excellent heat retention properties (I've burned myself good a few times.. 2-3 hours after pouring the cup), and here's the kicker that they don't advertise.. the ring on the handle slides snugly onto the ends of most bicycle handlebars! The limitation: 13.5 oz's.

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This page should answer all your questions you could ever have about coffee and bikes.

bicyclecoffeesystems.com
Thanks for the link, that website looks like a sleuth of information!

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Topeak has an adjustable bottle cage, works well for different sized bottles. On an unrelated note, I made bittersweet discovery recently. I discovered that my allergy attacks worsen when I drink coffee. No coffee, less attacks, less severity. Happy since this is a simple solution - but I miss coffee!
I'm going to look into adjustable water bottle holders, with hopes I can fit my current thermos into one before I buy a new one.

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Of course not, but that can get expensive if you're stopping everyday - sometimes twice a day.

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I drink a lot of coffee all day long, and wouldn't start off the commute without a travel cup. Driving that is. The strange thing is, when biking in I skip the morning cup and don't crave it at all until after I'm there and settled in.

25 miles in the morning might be a different story; that might be an hour and a half or more. I'd probably find some kind of insulated water bottle.
My 25 mile commute takes me just under 1:40 to ride or 30 minutes to drive. I usually have two cups with my breakfast before I leave the house, half a mug/thermos on the road, the other half at work, then if there's coffee brewed in the break room at lunch time I have another cup or two in the afternoon. On my return trip I stick with water. I haven't had a problem (knock on wood) drinking my coffee while riding my bike, I don't drink when going up a hill or around lots of traffic. Red lights seem to be a perfect opportunity to sip some coffee especially now that I'm using a thermos with a removable top.
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Am I a bad person if I stop for coffee at the cafe?
The most popular bike shop here has a cafe neighboring. In fact, there's no door between them, you can pass freely between one and the other once you're inside.

Have to admit, there was a cold day when I had a flat where I said, 'screw it, I'm going to be lazy.' and got some hot chocolate while they replaced the tube.
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Simple, I don't.

Have my coffee at home before leaving, make fresh at work when wanted. Carry water or nothing on the bike depending on weather and distance.
This is my routine as well. However, in the winter time, I will brew coffee/tea and just put it in my water bottle occasionally with alcohol to prevent freezing.
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The most popular bike shop here has a cafe neighboring. In fact, there's no door between them, you can pass freely between one and the other once you're inside.

Have to admit, there was a cold day when I had a flat where I said, 'screw it, I'm going to be lazy.' and got some hot chocolate while they replaced the tube.
If that's what you call lazy, then everyone should be lazy more often hahah.

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Well normally I make an attempt at changing the tube myself.

But IGHs make it a pain and I was a half mile from the bike shop...
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So, coffee drinkers..how do you carry your coffee on your bike?
I don't carry any coffee with me on a bike. I drink 1 mug of espresso coffee before I leave home...However I do carry two thermoses of black tea. I am a black tea addict ..I need to sip on my tea all day long.
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The existence of a website dedicated to coffee and bicycles confirms my suspicion that civilization is progressing on a generally upward arc.
Indeed, there is hope for the world.

If your favorite travel mug wont fit in your water bottle carrier you can bend the forward parts of the carrier. The width of the standard water bottles is small enough to fit in standard sized automotive cup holders, there are plenty of choices out there.
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I had one of those Topeak adjustable cages until the bottom knob came off while I was riding. I had loosened it to move the adjuster when I loaded my bike on the carrier. I apparently forgot to tighten it again before I was on the road.

I now have a Contigo "Autoseal" travel mug. It fits in a standard bottle cage.
Lucky post #13 has the correct answer!!

They do fit in a standard bottle cage, and the spill proof design is killer.
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Lucky post #13 has the correct answer!!

They do fit in a standard bottle cage, and the spill proof design is killer.
Woohoo! I can't take the full credit for it, though. Someone told me about the product on Bike Forums.
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I don't carry any coffee with me on a bike. I drink 1 mug of espresso coffee before I leave home...However I do carry two thermoses of black tea. I am a black tea addict ..I need to sip on my tea all day long.
Do you have a favourite kind? Mine are Earl Grey and Lady Grey, especially from Twinings.
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Do you have a favourite kind? Mine are Earl Grey and Lady Grey, especially from Twinings.
"Constant Comment" does it for me on cold wet days. Picked up the habit on a schooner with capt. Hans.

Otherwise I mix it up among a few choices, to keep the taste fresh (no herbals).
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"Constant Comment" does it for me on cold wet days. Picked up the habit on a schooner with capt. Hans.

Otherwise I mix it up among a few choices, to keep the taste fresh (no herbals).


I don't care for herb tea, either. I can take mint tea from time to time for a change, but it will never be a regular drink for me.
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Do you have a favourite kind? Mine are Earl Grey and Lady Grey, especially from Twinings.
Found out that in one study they found pesticides in all but one brand of the 10 brands tested (Lipton, Red Rose, Tetley, Twinings, No Name, Uncle Lee’s Legends of China, King Cole and Signal) i've decided to drink only from that brand from now on

Pesticide traces in some tea exceed allowable limits - Canada - CBC News

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Found out that in one study they found pesticides in all but one brand of the 10 brands tested (Lipton, Red Rose, Tetley, Twinings, No Name, Uncle Lee’s Legends of China, King Cole and Signal) i've decided to drink only from that brand from now on

Pesticide traces in some tea exceed allowable limits - Canada - CBC News
Bummer! Of all the brands, why Red Rose?
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For tea, I like the PG Tips with some milk in it, or the Red Rose if I can find the Canadian version, not the kind they sell in the US...(it doesn't taste right, different blend). King Cole is another good one. I like to use the stainless steel hydro flask insulated bottle, the 21 oz fits perfect in bike water bottle holder.

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