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  1. #1
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    Coffee Carrying Happiness

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    Well, after 5 years as a coffee drinking bike commuter, I think I have finally hit upon a bottle/holder combination that works for me.

    Generally, I'd use a basic coffee flask in a basic alloy bottle cage. I'd wrap the flask in an old sock to keep it from rattling. It worked okay, but lately, my flask has been growing some creeping crud in the opening that no amount of scrubbing could un-do. Time to retire it and get something new/better. But what?

    Browsing through my local REI (always bad as we invariably come away with much more than we went in to buy. "Did you find everything you need?" a sales associate would ask. "Why yes...and a whole lot more stuff we didn't even know we needed!"), I came across this little gem - the Topeak Modular Java Cage. I paired it up with a new 16 oz. flask and this morning's ride was blissfully silent of rattling coffee flasks. The cage is adjustable so it will fit just about anything I need in there - those travel mugs, tumblers or even my vacuum flask. The flask doesn't have that pop-top to pour, so it should (hopefully) avoid the creeping crud issues of other types. So...all of this should in theory last me a long time - much longer than the cost outlay (Thank You MIL for the b'day gift!) if I were buying a daily cuppa joe at the coffee shop across the street.

    Yay. Happy coffee drinking time!
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    Also available right here on TE for $1.00 less

    http://www.teamestrogen.com/prodTO_TMD07B.html
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    You just made my day. Seriously.

    Bell makes a little coffee cup holder for something like $5.95, only I haven't been able to find it ANYWHERE (not even online!!). And boy, have I been looking. All of these online reports of what wal-marts carry them...I loathe wal-mart but have religiously checked every one I've seen. Nada.

    And you...you enabler...you bringer of coffee cup heaven....have not only found a way to transport coffee, but you've done it at a store that I have a gift card for!!

    Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou!!!!

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    ...alright Trek, now I'll feel guilty if I get it at REI. I'll start saving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek420 View Post
    Also available right here on TE for $1.00 less

    http://www.teamestrogen.com/prodTO_TMD07B.html
    Yeah, that's great. But it was in my hands at the time so I could try it out, plus I get a % back as a member, and no shipping no waiting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jessmarimba View Post
    ...alright Trek, now I'll feel guilty if I get it at REI. I'll start saving.
    Bwaa hah hah. Don't worry, I'm just doing that for TE
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    I love this combo.! Thanks for sharing.
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    Great find, but IMHO, you've got the wrong bottle! I've been using this for years, the pop-top is invaluable and it keeps coffee hot hot hot.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000K604P0
    It fits in a regular bike water bottle holder, I suspect it'll fit in that coffee one even better!
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    That's cool as hell.

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    I just bought this cage- 7's glowing review convinced me. I can't wait to ride to work without a) rattling or b) having to put my coffee in my pannier.

    My Livestrong mug fits great.

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    I have a Thermos brand "Backpacker Bottle" - it totally rocks. I made a neoprene sleeve for it to keep it from rattling and put it in my regular bottle cage. I'm a tea drinker, not coffee, but this thermos will keep my tea piping hot for literally hours, even when it's down in the 30's and 40's outside. It has a button actuated top. I can even use it on the go, as long as I don't latch it.

    (ha - I clicked on TsPoet's link and it is the same bottle )
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    My personal favorite for drinking my coffee on the bike, this would work nicely with that topeak mount:

    http://www.brookstone.com/contigo-au...pping|datafeed

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    I haven't used anything other than water on my rides to work, but am now looking into something to hold my hot tea and the suggestions here look good.

    But for that creepy looking growing stuff... I regularly fill my bottles with warm water, drop a denture cleaner tablet in and let it sit for 20 minutes or so. Cleans, kills bacteria and removes any lingering smell from my electrolyte drinks, so I haven't had to toss any bottles due to aliens growing in it, or funny smells. I get the denture cleaner at the .99c store so it is cheap to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WindingRoad View Post
    My personal favorite for drinking my coffee on the bike, this would work nicely with that topeak mount:

    http://www.brookstone.com/contigo-au...pping|datafeed
    Oh I do like that one. Thanks for posting. I just added it to my Amazon wish list to buy for my sister's birthday. She will love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindingRoad View Post
    My personal favorite for drinking my coffee on the bike, this would work nicely with that topeak mount:

    http://www.brookstone.com/contigo-au...pping|datafeed
    I'll third the contigo coffee cups. I've gone through 3 of them in the last 4 years (I have a bad tendency to leave them on buses or at friend's houses on opposite sides of the country!)

    I can even toss these things in my bag or backpack and not worry about them leaking! Love 'em!
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