If you like to wear your coffee to work, have I got the bicycle accessory for you. My darling wife, knowing that I was chugging my morning cup of coffee before heading out on my morning commute, special ordered a Soma Fabrications Morning Rush Coffee Mug and Holder for my recent birthday. Since I have heretofore had no reservations about bolting one novelty item after another to my Dutch bike, it sounded like a capital idea. A "Sit Up and Ride" bike would seem to lend itself to morning coffee.
The product itself is basically a round metal sheath riveted to a Cateye mount, with a 16 oz travel mug with the Soma logo and "My other legal stimulant is my bicycle" on it. You see, Soma has cred, being located in some hip part of SF making steel-is-real frames for discerning cyclists. It seemed that if anyone could make a bike mug that worked in the real world, it'd be them.
Too bad they don't seem to have actually ridden with this product on actual, you know, roads. The ones with bumps and cracks and tracks and such. They do warn the consumer to "only operate your mug when stopped", but sadly, this craptacular mug operates itself.
First tipoff on this morning's inaugural coffee ride was the Vesuvius of java bubbling out of the closed top as I wheeled my bike out of the garage. Being that it looked headed for my work shoes (I'm a plain-clothes cyclist), I tearfully poured out half of my mug before riding off. But the coffee kept erupting, through the cheap plastic slider and vent on the lid. I hadn't got 2 blocks before it started raining coffee on my lower extremities.
Heeding their advice, I tried drinking at the first red light, to be rewarded with a wet coffee ring on my face from the flooded lid, and several big coffee rivulets on my pants from the sides of the mug. Oh, and an already tepid sip of coffee.
Arriving at my one worksite without a spare change of clothes, I got to spend the day doing the coffee stanky leg at work. I wouldn't be so peeved if the product hadn't cost $40 for a metal ring, some spare Cateye parts, and a $2 travel mug. Leakproof mugs do exist. This will never be one of them. And I don't think mine is defective; it's just cheap. Makes me want to trade it all in for a flask holder.
So what to do? Not sure I can return it to my LBS, and I wouldn't want them to eat the cost. And I'm still quite taken with the idea of coffee on my commute. Any suggestions, gentle readers?