Thermos Flask

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Thermos Flask

Postby bikepacker » 12 Dec 2008, 12:36pm

Somewhere I have seen an unbreakable stainless thermos flask that fits snuggly into a normal bike bottle carrier. I have look in vain in shops and on the internet and cannot find one. Does anyone know the make and model of the one that fits the criteria?
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Postby byegad » 12 Dec 2008, 1:07pm

I bought mine a Tecsos. I've had two as the first one died after I dropped it for the umpteenth time! The bottom fell off! They are strong just don't have it jump out of a bottle cage at 30mph!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Postby CycleFan » 12 Dec 2008, 1:11pm

I got one, but they are a bit pricey! Good thing christmas is coming up!

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Postby zenzinnia » 12 Dec 2008, 4:06pm

I think there used to be an ad in the back of 'Cycle' but I'm without my copy just now.

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Postby awparker » 12 Dec 2008, 5:13pm

I cannot help with a thermos flask that fits directly into a bottle cage but I manage as follows (Adapted from a previous post of mine)

Many discount and outdoor shops sell small thermos (vacuum) flasks holding about 1/3 litre for about £5. Find one that is just has a diameter just less than a traditional plastic cycle bottle. Cut the whole top off the plastic bottle so that the flask will fit snuggly inside the remaining bottom part. If it is a very tight fit you may need to drill a small air release hole in the plastic bottle in order to remove the thermos flask for washing.

This now fits exactly in the bottle holder on the bike, does not rattle and I can have a hot drink whether or not I reach a cafe.


Hope this helps

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Postby bikepacker » 12 Dec 2008, 5:21pm

That's a good idea. :)
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Postby robgul » 12 Dec 2008, 6:02pm

If you are near an Ikea they have them at knock-out price - it is slightly too thin to fit in a bottle cage - I cut (at the top of the wide part) an old plastic bidon to fit mine in, it then fits the cage OK. The alternative is to get a neoprene cover, and that will double insulate the flask and fit snugly in the cage.

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Postby bodach » 12 Dec 2008, 6:19pm

Try any major supermarket. They all have a variety of sizes. I got mine in Asda

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Postby rualexander » 12 Dec 2008, 6:22pm

I have a 'Thermos' brand stainless steel vacuum flask (0.5 litre I think) which I have had for over ten years and it fits perfectly in my bike bottle cage. The current versions of it can be seen on page 35 of the following pdf :

http://storage.fantasticmedia.co.uk/Thermos_section.pdf

Their 'Everyday Sports bottle' looks interesting with interchangeable tops, one for flask use and one for insulated bottle use. No sizes given though so not sure if it would fit a bottle cage but you would think it would if designed for sports use.

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Postby thirdcrank » 12 Dec 2008, 6:23pm

TKMaxx always have a pretty big selection of vacuum flasks although I've never looked for one to fit a bottle cage. Fwiw I should have thought the capacity would be small. I've been pleased with one of those Bike Buddy things.

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Postby rualexander » 12 Dec 2008, 6:28pm

The flask I mentioned above is available from e-bay for £9.00 :

http://tinyurl.com/5mup5o

Give them a call and ask if it fits a standard bottle cage.

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Postby random37 » 12 Dec 2008, 7:17pm

My waterbottles came with padded, insulated covers to keep the contents hot or cold.
You can have one of the covers for an SAE, if you want to try it out.

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Postby andrew_s » 12 Dec 2008, 9:01pm

thirdcrank wrote:TKMaxx always have a pretty big selection of vacuum flasks although I've never looked for one to fit a bottle cage. Fwiw I should have thought the capacity would be small. I've been pleased with one of those Bike Buddy things.

A bikebuddy being a QR method of attaching any thermos-sized cylinder to your bottle cage bolts. The website at www.bikebuddy.co.uk is now working.
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Postby pete75 » 13 Dec 2008, 11:20am

Last time I was in Wilkinsons thay had some complete with a bottle cage for £4.99 so a trip to your local Wilkos should do the job.