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Old 06-29-12, 09:52 PM   #1
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Rideable Mini Bar

There's an event called the Cruise-A-Thong coming up in a month.

I've done one before and had a great time, though I did burn the crap out of my feet. A few of you may remember me sharing an "I'm a little teapot" photo from that.

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Anyhoo, I want to set up a mini bar on my bicycle. The questions I am posing are:
  • What liquors should I carry to make the most drink combinations possible?
  • What mixers for the same?
  • If I limit the types of drinks, which ones have the most crowd appeal?
  • If you were to come up to a free barcycle, what would you order?

I do have a vague idea on how to serve beer from the bike and I am handier than the norm so I can build stuff to make this work. I already have a rear rack that can be applied to this bike as well as the beer capacity. It's a short event in a small town, so volume isn't as important as variety and "splash" effect. What would you do? Links to travel-friendly liquor serving bottles and paraphernalia are appreciated.

Thoughts so far:

I can remove the rail from the porteur rack to build a deck to hold whatever I'd like, same for the rear rack. I'm thinking an ice bucket would suffice for coolness and fruit juices could be iced as well. Power is not an option other than what could be powered by the front generator hub. I have to be able to pedal this beast when I'm done. A trailer is not an option at this juncture.
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no pic of the bar? wtf?
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no pic of the bar? wtf?
I haven't built it yet. Looking for suggestions.
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12 year old Irish whiskey. Straight.
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Minibottles?
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Big plastic jug of vodka and a variety of mixers. Just about anyone has a vodka drink they like, and you can't make every scotch snob in the world happy on a bike. Maybe even pre-mix vodka and cran, vodka and OJ, margarita, whiskey and and pina colada. If you are trying to serve while riding, this may be the easiest option.
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Soda water (or sodas) may be problematic in that they'll get shaken up.

My first thought was to limit your offering to something with crowd appeal like a pina colada. Be cool if you could rig up a pedal powered blender...
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Or just mix up a big old batch of Purple Jesus.

1 qt. Grain Alcohol

2 qt. Grape Juice

2 qt. Ginger Ale.

Put the batch in a medium cooler with a block of ice.

A fleet of SAG wagons will be needed probably.
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Your going to give away alcoholic drinks? I wouldn't worry so much about what people want as to what your prepared to spend. I don't want to be a party popper but you may need a licence. You would certainly need a licence to sell but I'm not sure what implications giving drinks away would make. I wouldn't just assume that it would be OK because there will be issues of responsible service of alcohol at least.

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Be cool if you could rig up a pedal powered blender...
Yeah, that would be cool. Maybe something driven by the rear tire like a bottle generator. I do have the double kickstand so it can be pedaled while stationary.

Logistically it does make more sense to limit it to one or two liquors or just one drink. If I did rig the blender, daquiris would travel well.
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Daiquiris would be quite nice.
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This could work:



I'd just need some way to engage and disengage the drive wheel. Remote lockout would be sweet.
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I haven't built it yet. Looking for suggestions.
Well, I can't really suggest any of the creature. I no longer drink as a result of a pants incident.

May I suggest a beautiful blonde?



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Well, I can't really suggest any of the creature. I no longer drink as a result of a pants incident.

May I suggest a beautiful blonde?



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Well, my friend that will be riding along with me fits the bill.



I could also make a boozeless smoothie with the blender.
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The more I think about it, the more I like the remote lockout for the blender. It could even be used while riding or disengaged. I'm thinking an old thumbshifter would work fine and I have an idea on how to make a drive mechanism work. The whole thing would also be easily removable from the rear rack without making any permanent changes to the bike. Time to hit the thrift stores and yard sales for a blender.
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What about that hand-crank powered blender from REI: http://www.rei.com/product/782969/gs...vortex-blender
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Love those bars. They look like my Felt Alberts. What are they?
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I think you're a little late to the party:

http://www.metrofiets.com/profiles/h...hoto4088933324

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Love those bars. They look like my Felt Alberts. What are they?
I think they're On-One Mary bars. They were black and I polished them out.

As for the previous question about serving alcohol...believe me, I'll be selective. Besides the hot blonde, the entire bike shop staff will be attending the event. If all I do is serve our crew and a few friends, so be it.

JW, I saw that image when I was searching for bike bar stuff. While it is awesome, I just don't have the resources.

Oh, and the hand crank blender is out of my price range. I think driving it from the tire will be easier anyway. I could go with a cordless blender too, but that sort of defeats the purpose. Once I build something I'll be able to break it out for other events too. Lots of fun.
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