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fairfaxeph
09-16-2011, 02:43 PM
Have a new commute where taking a CaBi for the last mile from Gallery Place/Chinatown would be ideal. But I also want to stop at Dunkin Donuts for coffee at 7th and F. The CaBi basket is great for a lot of things - but doesn't make a very good cupholder :p

I sometimes bike all the way from home, so it would also be great if the answer worked for my cruiser, too.

Justin Antos
09-16-2011, 04:41 PM
I've faced a similar conundrum. Sometimes ya just need Dunkies. It'd be great if someone could invent a cup holder that fit into the CaBi basket somehow!

kbockl
09-19-2011, 09:21 AM
Here's what you need for your personal bike. I don't think we can expect CaBi to install them on all the shared bicycles, though.

http://www.chubbyscruisers.com/shop/ravx-coffee-ring-cupholder-p-754.html

KS1G
09-19-2011, 10:10 AM
I'm unfamiliar with exactly what CaBi has for carrying stuff; but I have tried a bunch of coffee-carrying approaches. The one that works for me is a Thermos Nissan 24oz (other sizes available) insulated steel thermos. With a little bending of the cage, it fits in the typical metal bike bottle cage and keeps a jumbo portion of (brewed @ home for me) caffinated goodness at a drinkable temperature all day. It will survive repeated instances of falling of the bike at speed; I have (thankfully!) not tested how it survives getting run over by a car! My thermos is approaching 2 years old, and while it is 100% functional, it's collected many cosmetic dings & scrapes and I am considering requesting a new one from my family for the upcoming $WINTER_HOLIDAY_GIFT_EXCHANGE. Checking amazon, it looks like the current models are a little larger (26 oz) and they've added several insulated hydration bottles that may fit a bottle cage better and should work as well for hot beverages as for cold.

Joe Chapline
09-19-2011, 10:31 AM
I have this travel tumbler, and it fits fine in a water-bottle cage: http://www.amazon.com/Thermos-Nissan-14-Ounce-Stainless-Steel-Insulated/dp/B00004S1CR/ref=pd_bxgy_k_text_bCoffee sellers will fill this up, and sometimes give a discount for saving a disposable cup. I don't know if CaBi has a cage. I also have a steel hydration bottle, and mine had instructions that said it's not for hot beverages. Possibly because it hs soft plastic parts.

fairfaxeph
09-19-2011, 01:15 PM
Unfortunately, CaBi bikes have no water bottle cage -- supposedly "unnecessary" because most rides are 30 minutes or less (in reality, in the summer heat, a CamelBak or water bottle tucked into a messenger bag was pretty much required if you were going more than ten blocks). But I can't figure out a backpack coffee

They also have only a minimalist basket (designed to be self-cleaning and not accumulate trash). Here are links to a couple of photos:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_UP4rVS7Y_Z4/TJpSriJ9MMI/AAAAAAAACyY/uRt5jITB8v8/s1600/P1050268.JPG
http://images.tbd.com/commute/capital-bikeshare-frozen_606.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/36871124@N04/5038549601/


PPs, do you think your tumbler is secure enough to remain leak-free inside a messenger bag?

Joe Chapline
09-19-2011, 01:33 PM
PPs, do you think your tumbler is secure enough to remain leak-free inside a messenger bag? Negative. It's pretty splash-proof when it's right side up, but definitely not leak-proof inside a bag.

Dirt
09-19-2011, 01:51 PM
Even with non-cabi bikes I have this issue. My solution is two-fold: 1) I pre-caffeinate my rides, so that the coffee is actually transported in my tummy. This takes a little more time, but I never have to worry about spilling. Side benefit: I get serious husband points for waking my wife up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. And 2) I post caffeinate rides because I've usually have forgotten that I had the first cup of coffee because (duh!) I wasn't entirely awake when I had the coffee. If there isn't visible evidence of the coffee haven been consumed (cup in the sink), it didn't actually happen. Since my coffee cup is in the sink at home, then I can't see it and that cup of coffee doesn't actually count.

They do make good quality thermal mugs that fully seal and can bounce around in the basket. Most places will also fill your super trendy stainless steel thermos with coffee. If you're not super cool, they will also fill that old-school Stanley thermos from the 1970s. The green anodizing is a bit scratched and dented, but it still holds a seal perfectly and will continue to do so for most of eternity.

jrenaut
09-19-2011, 03:33 PM
You could try a water bottle holster like this one (http://www.amazon.com/Nathan-Hydration-2011-Trek-Purple/dp/B0037AIEOY/ref=sr_1_1?s=outdoor-recreation&ie=UTF8&qid=1316464130&sr=1-1). However, you'd be riding the fine line between "awesome" and "seriously?". You might have the presence to pull off the look - I probably don't.

WillStewart
09-20-2011, 04:59 AM
http://images-en.busytrade.com/119969400/Sell-Beer-Helmet-Pl-2211.jpg

Justin Antos
09-20-2011, 11:32 AM
I was thinking something like this (http://www.eriksbikeshop.com/Handlebar-Coffee-Cup-Holder/PA9017/Product?&ad_id=froogle&key_id=HandlebarCoffeeCupHolder&utm_source=googlebase&utm_medium=shopping&utm_campaign=HandlebarCoffeeCupHolder), only easily removable and custom-fit to work with a CaBi and a Dunkie's medium regulah.

fairfaxeph
09-20-2011, 12:32 PM
@Justin - good find... I might give that a try. The cup would have to point inward because of the brake lever, but if the mount can be adjusted to barely slide over the end of the CaBi handlebar, it could then be tightened just enough to work.

paytonc
09-21-2011, 09:34 PM
I have a Thermos Urban Elements flip-top vessel that doesn't leak even if tipped over inside a bag. It'll fit within a bottle cage with some rattling, provided it's secured with a rubber band. (Why are these things always narrower than water bottles?) I've done plenty of CaBi trips with the cup inside a bag inside the rack, but never tried securing just it to the rack.

Most of the time, though, it's not possible to chug hot coffee on the go -- I just fill an insulated water bottle with warm tea and chug that instead.

KLizotte
09-22-2011, 12:28 AM
Came across this by accident tonight while at Hudson Trail Outfitters:

Topeak's Java Cage

http://www.topeak.com/products/Bottle-Cages/modulajavacage

It won't help you on the Cabi bikes but it's an option for the caffeine addicted on their own bikes.

fairfaxeph
09-30-2011, 09:49 AM
The CaBi is really optimized for carrying bags, and for now I found a messenger bag (similar to this one (http://www.6pm.com/case-logic-lightweight-sport-messenger-bag-brown-red), with a mesh pocket on the side that is the perfect size to hold a coffee cup. So I buy the coffee, strap the bag securely into the CaBi basket, then insert my coffee cup into the mesh pocket. It's held pretty securely and stays as level as the bike, as long as the bag is adequately strapped in. Since accessibility while riding isn't the point for me, this seems to work.

Justin Antos
10-19-2011, 11:08 AM
Here's another idea. Not necessarily for CaBi specifically though might work. http://t.co/bdmDh5yv

bikenurse
10-19-2011, 08:18 PM
i have an insulated, leakproof contigo coffee cup that I got at target. I don't ride a CaBi. I take my home brewed coffee with me on my 12 mile commute in my pannier side pocket. The coffee is still hot when I get to work and I've never had a spill. Here's a link so you can look at the products: http://www.gocontigo.com/travel-mugs.html

washcycle
10-19-2011, 10:45 PM
I have a little half-sized thermos that holds a little more than a cup and never leaks. Usually I put it in my backpack, but you could probably strap it in the holder. I'm still waiting for custom bags designed just for Bixi racks. I suppose when NYC has them, they'll start to pop up.

Joe Chapline
10-20-2011, 09:35 AM
i have an insulated, leakproof contigo coffee cup that I got at target. I don't ride a CaBi. I take my home brewed coffee with me on my 12 mile commute in my pannier side pocket. The coffee is still hot when I get to work and I've never had a spill. Here's a link so you can look at the products: http://www.gocontigo.com/travel-mugs.html

Thanks, I ordered one -- it would be great to have a travel mug that doesn't leak. Better to get it at Target, though, the shipping is half as much as the mug online.

bikenurse
10-20-2011, 05:57 PM
Thanks, I ordered one -- it would be great to have a travel mug that doesn't leak. Better to get it at Target, though, the shipping is half as much as the mug online.
Hope it works out for you. Remember to clean the lid carefully - I use a bottle brush. There are some lovely nooks and crannies where things can germinate and solidify. Not so much fun when you're looking forward to a nice cup of coffee and you get something solid...