Coffee and Bikes
I remember about, oh, eight years ago, I gave up my three vices for Lent - caffeine, chocolate and alcohol. It’s not that I’m religious at all, but denial of the senses is certainly good for the soul. Or whatever we have if we don’t have souls.
I was expecting the end result of all this abstinence to be some weight loss. The booze and cocoa were easy to do without, but unfortunately I made up for them with flapjacks.
Flapjacks = oats (good) stuck together with sugar and fat (Oops!)
I put on about a pound a week for six weeks.
But going without the caffeine - that was a sore trial. I really do like my coffee in the morning, and decaff just doesn’t do it.
Anyway, fast forward eight years to yesterday. In response to one of the comments on my post asking what should go on a commuting bike, I went looking for pictures of funky bells, and came up with this:
How cool is that?
It’s a bell
and it looks like a coffee cup
and the dinger / clapper thing looks like a saddle.
Or is it just kitsch?
Anyway, just after finding that, someone claiming to be Evilgordon sent me a Twitter message, saying that there were cup holders available for bikes. And I stumbled upon this post on the Minus Car blog about riding and drinking coffee. That would certainly be a whole lot easier with a cup holder. . .
Hmmmm - cup holders - like you used to get in expensive cars, though now any piece of junk has one. My friend Dr Seth rides with a real cup of coffee on his bike. Well actually, not a real cup of coffee, but one of these vacuum mug things that slot into a bottle cage. But that doesn’t quite seem to cut the mustard, so I went in search of the Soma Fab cup holder that Evilgordon had hinted at:
Now we’re talking!
I love the idea of having a hot cup of really good coffee to keep you company on the bike. You could make your own before leaving home (though if you’re like me, you’ll leave it on the kitchen counter, and only remember when you’re too far down the road to turn back for it), or get a very eco-friendly mugfull (”No, I don’t need one of those disposable paper cups, I’m re-using!”) poured in as you passed the coffee shop.
Mind you, at $39.99 from the Soma Fabrications Store, that’s a pretty expensive cup of beans. And now that I’ve had cause to give it second thoughts, I’m not sure about the brushed stainless steel finish either. I’m sure that something involving wicker and leather, would be much nicer . . . If only we knew somebody with the skills and artistry to make such an object.
OK, so it’s about time to wrap up this coffee and bikes themed ramble, with this that was on Tom Vanderbilt’s How We Drive today. A scheme to get more people biking to work - free coffee and donuts given out to cyclists in the morning:
Sounds like a great idea to me. And after all, donuts are almost as good a fuel source for bikes as flapjacks are . . .