Hot food on rides...

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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby Mick F » 10 Nov 2020, 6:23pm

Burger van. Lots of them about.
Hot cuppa, and food too if you want it, plus a chat and meet other people.
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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby mjr » 10 Nov 2020, 6:37pm

TrevA wrote: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 suppose pouring a drink from an old sock is slightly better than Mr Bean's salad spinner...
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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby thirdcrank » 10 Nov 2020, 7:29pm

A good way to carry a vacuum flask on a bike is a Bike Buddy

https://www.bikebuddy.co.uk/index.asp

Not as flexible as it appears from first glance, but if you want to carry a flask regularly on a bike, this is a reliable system.

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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby TrevA » 10 Nov 2020, 7:49pm

Mick F wrote:Burger van. Lots of them about.
Hot cuppa, and food too if you want it, plus a chat and meet other people.


Only tend to be on main roads though, but useful if you can access one from a nearby country lane. There are plenty of cafes open for takeaway during the current lockdown.
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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby foxyrider » 10 Nov 2020, 8:00pm

Burger vans/trailers have been my primary hot drink source this year, less fuss than making/carrying a flask. This second time around (in England) there seem to be more cafes doing takeaway and thats further bolstered by the scores of garden centres who can be open and nearly all have some sort of food outlet. Oh and don't forget the petrol stations - most have one of those Costa machines.

If it gets colder i'll be tailoring my rides around hot food/drink a bit more but for now its still home made butties and cold water. :D
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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby whoof » 10 Nov 2020, 8:01pm

A pasty wrapped in a couple of pieces of foil alternated with newspaper and then some bubble wrap. Will keep warm for ages.

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Postby mjr » 10 Nov 2020, 10:04pm

I added photos to my earlier post.
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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby Nigel » 10 Nov 2020, 11:07pm

TrevA wrote:
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.


There are big differences in how well some flasks keep stuff hot. Its probably not a big factor if you just want a warm-ish drink most of the winter in Britain after 4 hours. But if expecting stuff to stay hot for 8 hours the performance will matter.

The cheap stuff usually doesn't perform well.
The expensive stuff is variable, some as bad as anything (so why spend the extra over the cheap items?), some really good.

I've got a good stainless flask which I look after. It also has a duvet jacket which helps in very cold conditions (ski touring in Norway, or winter hill climbs in Scotland). I use it on the bicycle, in a small pannier or rack bag.


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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby Sweep » 11 Nov 2020, 6:47am

fastpedaller wrote: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.

I'd always take snacks on a ride of that length.
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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby Oldjohnw » 11 Nov 2020, 7:31am

Not many cafes in rural north Northumberland. Take your own or go hungry.

A few decent places which you can include if appropriate, but rare.
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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby francovendee » 11 Nov 2020, 8:23am

I like a hot drink on a cold day but hate the taste of coffee or tea from a flask.
I get around this by taking hot water and a tea bag or coffee stick. Perfect and it's easier to keep the flask spotless.

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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby whoof » 11 Nov 2020, 9:29am

francovendee wrote:I like a hot drink on a cold day but hate the taste of coffee or tea from a flask.
I get around this by taking hot water and a tea bag or coffee stick. Perfect and it's easier to keep the flask spotless.


I think it's the milk that makes it taste odd. Have you tried making tea without milk and putting that in a flask and then carrying a tiny bottle of milk?

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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby eileithyia » 11 Nov 2020, 9:41am

Not so bothered on hot food, but have been carrying one of those steel flasks that keep drinks hot for up to 5 hours, on the bike. It's a bit slim for the bottle cage but get around this by using a cut down bottle and insulating the flask with an old armwarmer. Keeps it nice and warm, food is homebaked cakes or, as earlier this year, the local bakers Hot Cross buns.
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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby LollyKat » 11 Nov 2020, 9:56am

I have occasionally carried a flask but usually find that if it is cold enough to want hot food and drink, it is too cold to hang around outside while I eat it.

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Re: Hot food on rides...

Postby PH » 11 Nov 2020, 10:00am

I like to have a hot drink on rides over a few hours, I used to take a flask but more recently take a small stove and brew my own. First a Jetboil and now the even smaller Primus Lite. I'll still stop at a cafe/takeaway if there's one convenient, it's just nice not to have the route and timing dictated by their location. There's also the time element, it's not that I don't have plenty, but unpredictable service in some cafes means I stop so long that I find it hard to get going again.