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    looking for a insulated coffee-cup

    I'm looking for an insulated coffee/tea cup that fits in a standard bottlecage. I know that there is an cup holder that can mount to a handlebar... but I ride a recumbent and using a watercage would be best solution for me.

    I'm thinking that the Nissan Backpacker Teacup might be an option... has anyone tried it before?

    Any other suggestions?

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    I use a generic one I got from Target a few years back. Keeps my coffee warm in the morning for about 5 miles (and that's in the dead of a Michigan winter). After 5 miles I'm ready for water and so I don't care much if the coffee is warm after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas View Post
    +1 for the Contigo Extreme mug. I got this at Starbucks and is currently at Target (online and in stores) for much cheaper. A real thermal, double walled mug that keeps my coffee warm for 2+ hours. Next best thing to a Nissan.

    Looks like they're coming out with a version without the handle. Sweet!
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    The Contigo Extreme mug... according to the "bicycle coffeesystems" website it works well in an "adjustable" water bottlecage. Does it fit in a regular bottlecage? How well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by intrepidbiker View Post
    The Contigo Extreme mug... according to the "bicycle coffeesystems" website it works well in an "adjustable" water bottlecage. Does it fit in a regular bottlecage? How well?
    Get a PB button cage or similar. The handle fits in the opening...
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    Quote Originally Posted by intrepidbiker View Post
    The Contigo Extreme mug... according to the "bicycle coffeesystems" website it works well in an "adjustable" water bottlecage. Does it fit in a regular bottlecage? How well?
    I've used this one for years, fits in the cages on all four of my bikes. I have a bunch of different types of cages and it fits all of them. I have the version with the handle and just have to insert it properly, next time I am getting the handle less one. On a related note, this mug is not convenient for winter riding, the lid is impossible to open with gloves on. I am looking for a different one for this winter.
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    The OXO-Good Grips stainless coffee cup fits into a standard waterbottle cage quite nicely and is very, very leakproof. Available at Bed, Bath & Beyond, and many other retailers.

    Any Trek dealer will be able to order you a Trek Soho coffee cup that fits into a standard water bottle cage, 15 bucks. not quite as leakproof as the GoodGrips cup.
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    Well, I went to Target today and bought the Thermos Raya Stainless Steel Tumbler. I wish I had read about the OXO coffee cup because I like the idea of a pushbutton drinking system.

    Here's info about the Raya
    http://www.thermos.com/Product_detai...&ProductID=628

    I pulled off the black rubber shown around the middle. Doing so let's it slip perfectly into my bottlecage, although it also fit okay even with the rubber grip (just tighter). I'll road test it within the next week and a half.

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    Wouldn't just about any of the cups in the Automotive section of Walmart fit in a bottle cage? I know the one I picked up there for $6 a couple weeks ago would.

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    just about any of the average auto coffee mugs fit well in a bottle cage, without being prone to springing out??

    NO.
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    Okay, two of the coffee cups recommended to me do NOT fit into a standard bicycle waterbottle cage (at least the two models I use on my bike). These were the OXO-Good Grips stainless coffee cup and the Contigo Extreme mug. Both were too big to fit easily into the waterbottle cage.

    The Thermos Raya Stainless Steel Tumbler kept my beverage extremely hot for over an hour in my freezer. It fit very snugly into my waterbottle cage, not rattling at all. HOWEVER, the lid is merely pushed into the cup portion. When a mildly warm or cold beverage is in the cup there is no problem. When I had a hot beverage in the cup, the lid was loose from the expansion of the cup (due to the heat) and easily fell out when I turned the cup upside down and gave it a mild shake. I would hate to see what would happen if I was sipping and hit a pothole.


    I did find a OXO Plastic Liquid-seal Travel Mug. It was slimmer in profile than the stainless steel model and fit my bottlecage perfectly. It did not keep the beverage hot as long as the Raya, but the lid is a screw-on type lid and the push button feature worked perfectly.

    All in all, the OXO Plastic Liquid-seal Travel Mug is perfect for my needs. Looking online, the stainless steel model should be the same size. I'm wondering if the model I tried was a larger variant. I'll look for a stainless steel model that's comparable. Till then, I am retiring the Raya and switching to the OXO model for my commuter mug of choice.

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    Well, I have found the PERFECT Bicycle Commuter Mug.

    I used the OXO Plastic Liquid-seal Travel Mug and was extremely pleased with it's screw-on lid and push button operation. Worked great. However, there was one main drawback to the mug. It didn't keep my coffee/tea hot. Within twenty minutes, it was merely warm. Within 40 minutes it was lukewarm. This was in 75 degree Fahrenheit conditions! Very disappointing.

    Earlier today, I stopped at an awesome coffeehouse that specializes in delivering ground coffee and other products via bicycle. They were selling the Bodum Travel Press. This stainless steel vacuum mug has a screw-on lid with a hinged snap covering the drink spout. It is not just a mug, but it is also a press. You place 2 or 3 teaspoons of coarse coffee grounds, pour in your boiling water, let it soak for 4 minutes, then press a plunger trapping the grounds in the bottom of the mug, leaving a rich and tasty brew.

    I filled my three mugs (the Thermos Raya, the OXO Liquid-seal, and the Bodum Travel Press) with hot water and placed them in my freezer. The OXO became luke warm in 30 minutes. The Raya and Bodum remained extremely hot for over 1.5 hours and I stopped testing them after that.

    Reading reviews online, it appears that the Bodum has had longevity issues, apparently the press and threads on the screw-on lid don't last long. It is also far more expensive than the Raya, selling at $26 compared to the $12 of the Raya.

    I'm going to see how the Bodum holds up. Right now, it meets all my needs and brews a damn good cup of coffee and tea. I would recommend the Raya, but the lack of a screw-on lid is a major deficiency.

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    Has anyone tried the SOMA:
    Morning Rush
    Coffee Mug
    & Holder

    Take away the spills and thrills of riding with coffee.

    Includes:
    • Stainless steel mug holder ring mounts to mountain bike or road bars.
    • Stainless steel commuter mug holds up to 16 oz. of coffee or tea. Slide button lid means you can open the cap and take a swig with one hand.

    • Mount is from Cat Eye, so in the evening you can replace it with a Cat Eye HL-500II headlight if you so desire.

    http://www.somafab.com/morningrush.html

    40 bucks!, but includes mug, cage, and cateye mount.

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    The Nissan mug rules for keeping coffee hot all day. And this without priming it with hot water Easy one-handed operation, leakproof, fits most cages. Biggest weakness is the plastic clip on the cover can break if you drop the thermos (it broke after about three falls off my car roof) but using the metal retainer will keep it cover on enough to keep leaks out. Love it and can't live without it now.

    A friend has the SOMA setup but as far as I can tell the mug is just a normal commuter mug. Nothing special other than that it fits in the holder and it has the SOMA label on it. For $40.00, I'd go with something else a little more leakproof. I have had hot coffee splash me after jumping a curb. Never again.

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    What Nissan mug are you referring to? The tea one? (fingers crossed).



    As to the Soma... I ride a recumbent and I don't have a place to attach their cup holder efficiently, so that's out.


    Right now, I love the OXO's liquid seal... except for how quickly things cool off. The Raya keeps things hot great, but the lid isn't screw-on and kinda really sucks. I used it the other day and the lid came off when I accidently brushed it against my bike. The Travel Press seems to work good... but it actually keeps things hot too long!

    What I opted to do: I'm using the OXO as my commuter mug. I'm using the Travel Press for touring, as it's perfect for brewing coffee and tea while camping and keeps liquids hotter far longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by intrepidbiker View Post
    I filled my three mugs (the Thermos Raya, the OXO Liquid-seal, and the Bodum Travel Press) with hot water and placed them in my freezer. The OXO became luke warm in 30 minutes. The Raya and Bodum remained extremely hot for over 1.5 hours and I stopped testing them after that.
    I don't see how this is possible. I have three oxos and they each keep coffee piping hot from 8am until 1pm. You had a bad mug if that's possible. I don't even bother pre-heating mine. If I do it's still warm at the end of the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by intrepidbiker View Post
    I'm going to see how the Bodum holds up. Right now, it meets all my needs and brews a damn good cup of coffee and tea. I would recommend the Raya, but the lack of a screw-on lid is a major deficiency.
    I love french presses. And always been trying travel presses including the Bodum. That one and a Starbucks travel press are awesome at keeping coffee hot for a long time. Downside is that keeping the grounds in that long after pressing makes the coffee too strong and bitter, even for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by intrepidbiker View Post
    What Nissan mug are you referring to? The tea one? (fingers crossed).

    This one. One other advantage to the Nissan is that you can throw it into a pack upside down and not worry about spillage - handy for traveling and backpacking.

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