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Old 05-13-14, 05:38 PM   #1
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Any coffee drinking commuters here?

I have a 25 mile commute one way, and I love my morning coffee. I was wondering if there's a bottle/cup holder made for a bike that will fit a ordinary thermos (at minimum 20-24 ounces) of HOT coffee? I was using a regular 16 oz coffee mug with my regular bottle holder, but I was finding the seal on it was shot and it was spilling all over the place, it may have been okay if the mug sat tight in the holder but it was loose. I have a very basic "skinny" 20oz thermos that won't leak but it makes too moves around in the bottle holder too much.

So, coffee drinkers..how do you carry your coffee on your bike?

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I just bring a thermos with me to work in a pannier.
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This page should answer all your questions you could ever have about coffee and bikes.

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I have one of these and it fits in a standard bottle cage rather well. Seals the coffee in damn well, too, and I've never had it splash on me once by accidentally opening. I have a 40-50 minute commute and in the winter (20-40 degrees fahrenheit) it stays very warm for at least the first half hour, but this time of year where it's 60+ in the mornings it's still quite warm when I get to work.

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While it is snug, I still use the upright seat tube cage to reduce the chance of it getting ejected if I hit a bump/pothole/etc. And it tended to rattle a little in an aluminum cage so I switched to a Profile Design Nylon Kage that I pulled off my seatpost mounted tri rack.
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there is a Coffee-Espresso-Bistro next to the Shop. but I have a Trek made water bottle cage fitting insulated cup..

PNW is awash with coffee sellers..
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So, coffee drinkers..how do you carry your coffee on your bike?
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.
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Sorry - iced coffee in the water bottle for me. Don't like trying to drink hot things while I'm riding. But looks like that bicyclecoffeesystems.com website ought to get you set up just right.

They've got a real good bottle advertised called the Alfi Iso Bottle, but their link doesn't work. You can find it on Amazon though.

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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!
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I remember seeing a trick where someone took their travel coffee mug which was too narrow for the bottle cage, then they cut the top off of an old bottle, stuffed the thermos in it, which gave it a tight fit on the bike.
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Great site!

The one I use looks exactly like this one on there, but mine is from Nissan instead of Thermos:


(No direct links, # JMQ400P)

Closes so securely I can safely toss it in a bag, but more importantly, fits in a standard water bottle cage. No sipping feature though, you have to unscrew the cap to drink, but that's why it closes so securely. Keeps things warm for a long time.
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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!
Just write that up as placebo effect or experiment bias or whatever and get back to drinking the good stuff. Just because you got a result doesn't mean you can't find a half dozen good reasons to invalidate it.
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Topeak has an adjustable bottle cage, works well for different sized bottles.
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.
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Am I a bad person if I stop for coffee at the cafe?
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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.
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.
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I prefer tea, so i am interested in this topic for hot beverage solutions!

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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.
I don't carry coffee with me either ... what I do is when I get to work I "reward" myself with a french press pot of some of our wonderful locally roasted beans. I look forward to that coffee the whole ride to work
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So, coffee drinkers..how do you carry your coffee on your bike?
The Kleen Canteen insulated seems to fit a bottle cage. I'm in the process of lining a cage so it doesn't scratch up my 16 oz version. I've seen some folks twine/shellac theirs but that's a bit fussy for me.
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I don't carry coffee with me either ... what I do is when I get to work I "reward" myself with a french press pot of some of our wonderful locally roasted beans. I look forward to that coffee the whole ride to work
Yes... yes yes yes. Incentive for arriving at planned destination works wonders for staying focused. Usually it's a pint of really good ice cold chocolate milk!

That said, on cold days i'm going to try and carry some piping hot tea to keep me refreshed, as well as warm water to eep me properly hydrated.

My one question to all of you, is how do you wash all of these things? Surely the solids of the tea, coffee, or chocolate & the casein from milk builds up & has to be scrubbed off?

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Yes... yes yes yes. Incentive for arriving at planned destination works wonders for staying focused. Usually it's a pint of really good ice cold chocolate milk!

That said, on cold days i'm going to try and carry some piping hot tea to keep me refreshed, as well as warm water to eep me properly hydrated.

My one question to all of you, is how do you wash all of these things? Surely the solids of the tea, coffee, or chocolate & the casein from milk builds up & has to be scrubbed off?

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I do both ... french press coffee and a pint of chocolate milk in the morning
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Am I a bad person if I stop for coffee at the cafe?
I do that a lot. My own mug comes in handy as it gives me a 10 cent discount at Starbucks. I can also get free refills later if the barista is generous enough.
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@daihard The Contigo is the way to go, it does not spill. Fits snugly in the cage. Though I just tend to do two small thermos bottles in my pannier. I started finding my new commute did not lend itself well to drinking and riding.
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On days I want my coffee with me, I just pour it into my standard water bottle.
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@daihard The Contigo is the way to go, it does not spill. Fits snugly in the cage. Though I just tend to do two small thermos bottles in my pannier. I started finding my new commute did not lend itself well to drinking and riding.
It's not that I need to drink coffee on my commute - it's just 10 miles one way. It did come in handy back in January, when it took me a while to warm up.
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On days I want my coffee with me, I just pour it into my standard water bottle.
Is your bottle designed to withstand the heat?
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