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Old 03-10-15, 03:03 PM
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Bike, Coffee, Camp Stove?

I'm not sure if this has a name, and I'm curious if any of you do this. What particular supplies you use. Are the items you use vintage? Of course you will ride a vintage bicycle. You will carry water, hand operated coffee grinder, aero press or french press, etc., a mini camp stove. You ride to a destination - maybe your favorite spot by the river or to a park. It could be anywhere, the you break out your supplies. While the water is on the stove you grind your beans. Enjoy a lovely cup of coffee. I've seen blogs where people are out early morning, usually in urban but scenic places and they have these as "meet ups" with others.

I've got bikes, grinder, aero press but no camp stove. Esbit sells a tiny foldable one.

Anyway I know that @adventurepdx makes tea during stops around. Maybe he will chime in.

So, does this have a name? Do you do it? Would you like to do it?
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"Camp Coffee" or #coffeeoutside if you're into that.

i use a msr pocket rocket I think it's called. Works well!
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True Vintage fire equipment would be matches and some wood.
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I don't do this. It sounds great and all but I'd rather go for a hard ride and come home and site on the deck and drink my coffee. This is time consuming and my time is precious and I want to spend it going hard with my heart rate up. When I am touring or in the back county I use starbucks instant coffee... Ugg gross!!! I know, but it is soooo much lighter and every gram counts, literally. I have a primus Omni-fuel with a quiet stove flame spreader, amazing stove. I could use my espresso maker on there, it would be too hot without the quiet stove adapter, most camp stoves are/would be.
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen View Post
Esbit sells a tiny foldable one.
Someone gave me a couple of these, they are emergency stoves really and the little cubes small awful, this is something you triple bag in the bottom of your day back if you are doing a remote ride, ski or hike or throw in your car emergency kit. I would never buy one.
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@cyclotoine - I am definitely not a real camper, so riding my bike somewhere & making a cup of coffee is about as close to camping as I am going to get.
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Well I'm hoping to do some bike-packing trips this summer, so that checks the important boxes plus a couple (i.e. the bourbon box).

Backpacking trips usually involve instant espresso rather than coffee. Impact/weight.
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Basically what you are describing is gear you would use on a self supported cycling tour. You want lightweight, reliable equipment. I'm a big fan of Snow Peak equipment.


Snow Peak Gigapower stove with isobutane/propane fuel canister. Don't mess with the old school white gas stoves, not worth the hassle. This stove folds into a very small plastic storage container. Bring a lighter to light the stove, whether the stove is auto ignition or manual.


Snow Peak Titanium French Press


Snow Peak Titanium Double Wall Mug

That covers the coffee cookware. If you have a fresh water source like a creek or lake you'l want to filter the water with something like this:


Sawyer Mini Water Filter

I'd just bring my coffee pre-ground and avoid the grinder (I know, heresy!) All of this kit will easily fit in a medium saddle bag, small rack top bag or small pannier and is available at REI.
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Old 03-10-15, 03:31 PM
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Why not just get one of these:

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The majority of my camp gear is from the 1970's to early 80's. Good quality that's working great today. Backpack camp stove a multi-fuel MSR. It has a few different jets that are changed out and depending on what fuel is used.
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My vintage camp stove, heck, my only camp stove that can be carried is a Svea 123 from before they came with an internal cleaning pin. But we carry a Thermos on the tandem. And a picnic. What's the point of riding if you don't have a picnic!
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
Why not just get one of these:

That is a beautiful build.
I've been thinking of building an espresso cart for some time.

I have a manual lever machine, so it could probably be converted to use any available hot water source, although one might still need power for the grinder.
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Make your own...

Pocket Alcohol Stove - "Jet Stove" (Camper's Guide)

Alcohol / Can / penny stove
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Originally Posted by jj1091 View Post
True Vintage fire equipment would be matches and some wood.
or a Primus stove and a Terry Clip
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen View Post
@cyclotoine - I am definitely not a real camper, so riding my bike somewhere & making a cup of coffee is about as close to camping as I am going to get.
If you want to go vintage with this, Sloane's "Complete Book of Bicycling" will tell all. If you don't want to go retro, google "crazy guy on a bike".

You may want do a credit card tour - you get the ride without the hassle of camping.
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Get an old svea stove. Vintage functional beauty and heats a ton.
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I think a grinder is pushing it. unless you mean THAT kind of grinder. I don't if that's legal in your state yet.

When I camped a lot it was just a little plastic filter holder, coffee filter and a little kettle boiling over a campinggaz stove.

If I could do it all over again I'd go with a miniature Bialetti and a beer can stove
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this thread is very relevant to my interests. been waiting for the weather to warm up enough to ride out into the woods for a leisurely camp coffee. i'm actually interested in how other people carry these items on their bikes. for instance, what type of precautions should one take when carrying fuel canisters on bike?
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I recall seeing for a while in stores self heating premade cups of coffee... and for quite a while I had a stainless steel french press mug I would load just before going for a ride. I suppose there's also the soda can sterno stoves, and a few other contraptions I forget the names for... my favorite so far though is that coffee shop trike up above.
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I am gearing up for some S24O and weekend tours for this year. I bought a Trangia 28-T mini (Robot Check) and have been planning to use it for what you are talking about as well as lunch. I figure I need to refine my outdoor cooking technique before I really need it. It packs really small and would easily fit in a rack trunk or pannier.
I planned on using Starbuck's instant, but that seems amateurish compared to what you are thinking. Maybe I'll up my game and get one of these::Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer with Ceramic Mug | drugstore.com. I would imagine if you ground the coffee right before you went it would be fine.
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Many of the backpacking stoves popular today have been around since the 1970s or earlier, so they are essentially vintage.

My favorite was always the MSR Multi fuel stoves. Stable, reliable, and the fuel bottle is not directly under the burner which always seemed safer. The Whisperlite looks unchanged from the one I bought in the early 1980s.
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I still have my old Campmor stove, and I suppose I could carry it with me and make coffee.

However, despite my distaste for humans and a tolerant scorn of everything on earth,
I like to buy coffee and make whomever serves it to me smile.

Just a hobby, I guess.
From drive-throughs to restaurants, my goal is make whomever brings me the java crack a smile.
It's ridiculously easy, and seems to make the next 30 minutes a better place.

This is opposed to making them laugh, which is what happens if I attempt to flirt.

As far as old-fashioned things, well, yes.
I like my Coke from a glass bottle, likewise my beer.
I like LP's, and do not own a CD player, other than in the car.
I use tube amplifiers in my stereo system.
I grill my toast on the griddle, and I use regular bacon, not pre-cooked.
I use butter. And Duke mayonnaise. No cheese should come in slices.
Rhubarb is a basic food group, as is bratwurst and sauerkraut.
I do tend to modernize in the kitchen somewhat, as I still have a Vegematic.
And I make my own baked beans, with molasses and brown sugar.

However, when I ride my bike, I like to buy the coffee.
As a result, I've had some really bad convenience store coffee, but the clerk smiled.
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I used to motorcycle tour. Between my first and last big trip Starbucks introduced Via, which was a huge improvement in instant coffe and let me give up my press mug. I use a Jetboil. It's no good for heating anything that will burn, though, only water.
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I bought my MSR camping stove in 1982 or thereabouts, so it's definitely C&V. I really like the idea of a S24O with a leisurely camping breakfast and good coffee, and that's certainly the stove I'll take.
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