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Old 09-29-06, 09:20 AM   #1
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Hot liquids & Waterbottles

With it being a balmy 33 degrees this morning when I biked in, I turned my thoughts to how much I would look forward to the hot chocolate warming me up once I got to work. That made me think: Is it possible to take hot coco in a water bottle? I know mine isn't very good for insulation (on hot days the water gets hot, Im sure i'd have a hot coco popsicle after a mile or two).

Anyone have any luck with insulated waterbottles, or taking things other then water, specifically hot chocolate?
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Old 09-29-06, 09:41 AM   #2
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I have a Thermos-Nissan JMH-400 travel mug that fits into a Topeak Modulus cage quite nicely. Check out this link for a lot of good information:

http://www.bicyclecoffeesystems.com/


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Old 09-29-06, 10:24 AM   #3
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i bought a 20 dollar OXO 'good grips' vacumn mug at Bed Bath and Beyond that fits a bottle cage perfectly, holds 18 ounces of liquids, AND has a virtually leak proof, push button lid easily operated with one hand! most excellent for even 'on the fly' quaffs of coffee, tea or your other fav bevs.

Trek had an even bigger coffe mug that came on the Trek Soho, i think.available as a seperate, stnad alone item. but it wasn't a true vacumn mug, and leaked more.
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Yep, I use an insulated water bottle for both cycling and skiing. Also, I have stainless steel thermos that fits in my bottle cage. Have to be careful, I've burned my mouth a few times!
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The "Nissan" line of thermoses with real vacuum technology are great -- lightweight and maintain temperatures for a long time. Some of the other popular brands are heavier and use only partial vacuums. And, of course, don't get anything with a glass liner. Amazon.com and Ebay are a couple of good places to check for thermoses. Some of the newer ones are really spifty with easy one-hand operation and protected mouth pieces -- but pricey too. With chocolate, you're going to need to remember to rinse the thermos immediately when you're done -- anything with milk product tends to stick and go bad.
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If you are out on the bike for more than about ten minutes in the really cold weather the insualted water bottles won't work that great. THe vacuum bottles are the best bet. You can get a large lightweight one at outdoor warehouse. 33 ounces and relatively lightweight. But you will have to carry a backpack unless you want one of the really small ones. Backpack really works well when really cold anyway to carry a down coat in case of bike failure.
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I have a Profile Design bottle cage that expands. Holds an extra large Timmy's cup of Cafe Moca real well, even over Xc terrain. During winter needs to be nuked at work to reheat.
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