Hot food on rides...

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Hot food on rides...

Postby nomm » 10 Nov 2020, 4:52pm

Although the current weather is barmy warm - those whole day rides in the cold are made much less challenging with a hot something or other somewhere, and with Covid this is becoming much more challenging.

A lot of walkers carry a thermos with some kind of hot tasty treat inside to keep them going all day - hot soups, stews, beans etc - and for not wanting to pack a stove etc with me for day ride, I was pondering if anyone does this on their rides?

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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby Jdsk » 10 Nov 2020, 4:56pm

Not for me, and rarely even coffee.

You have at least three options:
* Preheated
* Stove
* And the one you haven't mentioned: military style self-heating ration packs: https://www.amazon.co.uk/self-heating-meals/s?k=self+heating+meals

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Postby simonineaston » 10 Nov 2020, 5:06pm

Small, metal, wide-mouth, "Thermos" flask. Just job for keeping a portion of Heinz soup hot, for at least as long as I'm likely to be out...
Not exactly on topic but has anyone else seen the guy on YouTube whose hobby is opening and eating as many MREs as he can get his hands on? He's based in America and sounds just like Keanu Reeves (OK OK I know KR's from Canada but most folk can't tell the difference...). His vacuum-packed noshery has attracted nearly 2 million subscribers... !!
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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby Paulatic » 10 Nov 2020, 5:07pm

I’ve been carrying a flask since March although I haven’t always stopped and used it. I nearly caved to stopping for a coffee, at a favourite coffee shop, last week. Pleased I didn’t now as I learned today it’s closed for cleaning and isolation as some of staff contracted the virus.
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Postby mjr » 10 Nov 2020, 5:12pm

I stopped at the waffle stand (Doubtfires Waffles) on King's Lynn Tuesday Market Place today. They're also in Downham Market Fri/Sat and hope to be in Ely Thu/Sun from next month - both on NCN route 11. I've been to Lynford Arboretum coffee stand (just off the Two Rivers Cycle Route, RR (30)) a couple of times. I might go to Courtyard Coffee in Great Massingham (just off Peddar's Way) soon.

So hot food outdoors still seems available just now - possibly even more so than usual, as people this year are keener not to spend long times indoors with others and a few places which sometimes close November to Easter have not closed yet. I could take a flask but I'd rather support local businesses in a small way.
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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby rjb » 10 Nov 2020, 5:16pm

Lots of businesses forced to close are reopening as takeaways selling food on the go. Passed a cafe today that had cyclists sitting at outside tables with their takeouts. :wink:
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Postby mjr » 10 Nov 2020, 5:30pm

rjb wrote:Lots of businesses forced to close are reopening as takeaways selling food on the go. Passed a cafe today that had cyclists sitting at outside tables with their takeouts. :wink:

I admit I did that with my takeout on Saturday. I've made the mistake of trying to cycle with a takeaway cup of coffee before and had a nice coffee bath when I hit a bump!

My reusable cup has a plug for its securely-fitting lid, but everywhere seems to insist on using disposables during this crisis and I'm not sure it's worth carrying and cleaning my reusable solely to be able to get further from the cafe before sitting on my bike drinking it.
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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby axel_knutt » 10 Nov 2020, 5:44pm

If I'm out cycling in freezing weather, I can't eat or drink anything hot because it sets my teeth on edge, so if I want a drink I have to stand at the side of the road blending cold water from the bottle with hot from a flask until it's lukewarm. If the water in the bottle has frozen, that's another problem still.....
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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby Yvonned » 10 Nov 2020, 5:45pm

With a traditional Carradice saddle bag on each bike, hubby and I always take hot drinks and these days flask with food. Everything fits in the saddle bag.

Even in summer and “normal” times we often take picnics especially when we out for day rides -50+.miles.

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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby Oldjohnw » 10 Nov 2020, 5:46pm

From about November to March I take a food flask of homemade soup if away over lunch time. To accompany I often have wholemeal pitta bread. Otherwise a flask of coffee or tea.

My food flask fits in my Carradice bag. The coffee flask fits in the water bottle holder
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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby simonhill » 10 Nov 2020, 5:48pm

I've seen cyclists sipping something from small stainless steel vacuum flasks. Never bothered myself, but did buy one of these flasks for a walking friend.

They should (or plus padding) fit in a bottle cage and aren't expensive. See this 3 quid one from Wilkos https://www.wilko.com/wilko-500ml-stain ... lsrc=aw.ds

Surely the easiest solution.

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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby fastpedaller » 10 Nov 2020, 5:56pm

Last Sunday I did a loop on my single speed winter bike, and extended it due to the sunny weather, there was a slight tailwind going out. Buoyed up by the first 'stage' of the ride, I then headed for the best chip shop in the market town I was going through, my plan was some lovely chips to be eaten in the nearby Memorial garden ..... lovely - Only one problem the chip shop was shut! no take-away on a Sunday. Other 2 chip shops in town were also shut, so clearly no holidaymakers expected at the moment! Into the (albeit slight) wind home I struggled more than I have in the last few years :( Ouch. 54 miles on single speed without a snack break is not something I usually do at this time of year.
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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby fastpedaller » 10 Nov 2020, 5:57pm

simonhill wrote:I've seen cyclists sipping something from small stainless steel vacuum flasks. Never bothered myself, but did buy one of these flasks for a walking friend.

They should (or plus padding) fit in a bottle cage and aren't expensive. See this 3 quid one from Wilkos https://www.wilko.com/wilko-500ml-stain ... lsrc=aw.ds

Surely the easiest solution.

Looks good, but....... instructions say DO NOT WASH :shock:

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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby RickH » 10 Nov 2020, 6:05pm

fastpedaller wrote:Looks good, but....... instructions say DO NOT WASH :shock:

That should help with maintaining distancing! :lol:

Oh you meant the flask. :wink: Usually it just means don't leave immersed (the join at the base may not be watertight, assuming there is separate outer shell with the vacuum part inside) & /or do not use a dishwasher.

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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby TrevA » 10 Nov 2020, 6:09pm

simonhill wrote:I've seen cyclists sipping something from small stainless steel vacuum flasks. Never bothered myself, but did buy one of these flasks for a walking friend.

They should (or plus padding) fit in a bottle cage and aren't expensive. See this 3 quid one from Wilkos https://www.wilko.com/wilko-500ml-stain ... lsrc=aw.ds

Surely the easiest solution.


I have a similar Thermos flask. To stop it getting scratched and to get a better fit in the bottle cage I put the flask in an old sock. I can’t abide drinking a cold drink on a cold day. I’m toying with getting a Deboyo bottle flask so that I can have hot Ribena on a ride.
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