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Thermos flask for standard cage

Postby slogfester » 18 Nov 2014, 6:16pm

Enough of all this tech bike stuff, now down to the most important things for next tour.... smoko (= morning tea)

Can anyone recommend a light weight (stainless steel?) thermos flask that fits in to a standard bottle cage (c. 70 mm diameter?), which is robust enough for the under-the-down-tube cage. About 0.5 - 0.7 litres. Standard flask, with screw lid and integrated cup, i.e. don't want to drink while on the move. Just needs to keep water hot enough for a few hours.

I have looked at a few old threads but most links are either dead or products don't seem to exist anymore.

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Re: Thermos flask for standard cage

Postby RickH » 18 Nov 2014, 6:26pm

The only proper flask I can think of is this one by Elite (it has a metal cap as well as a cycling cap, but no cup). Slightly cheaper, presumably selling off surplus stock, if you don't mind the Coca Cola branding is here and shows the other cap. It may be too long for a below the down tube cage depending on your frame geometry.

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Re: Thermos flask for standard cage

Postby reohn2 » 18 Nov 2014, 6:48pm

An ordinary S/Steel flask fits such as this one:- http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/0-5L-STAINLES ... 1160623304
But needs a toestrap around the flask and cage(threaded between the two fixing bolts so it stays put) to secure it otherwise it'll rattle :wink: .
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Re: Thermos flask for standard cage

Postby tim-b » 18 Nov 2014, 6:58pm

Hi
+1 Thermos 0.5l, approx 250mm x 70mm, and yes, the toe strap is necessary IME
18/8 stainless steel and part of the range for 15 years, so it works well
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Re: Thermos flask for standard cage

Postby bikepacker » 18 Nov 2014, 7:40pm

I use one of these: http://www.cyclemiles.co.uk/shop/brompt ... GugOBNFDcs

If you don't want to go to this expense, cut off the bottom half of an old 750ml drinks bottle and stand your flask inside in a normal bottle cage.
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Re: Thermos flask for standard cage

Postby Swallow » 18 Nov 2014, 8:31pm

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Re: Thermos flask for standard cage

Postby Heltor Chasca » 18 Nov 2014, 8:47pm

Or one of these? http://bbbcycling.com/accessories/bottle-cages/BBC-15 and just bungee the top of the flask in.

I was going to recommend the smallest of the Stanley flasks which I have and rate, http://www.johnlewis.com/stanley-classi ... 7l/p186518 but it will last you a couple of mugs and that's your lot. Hardly worth it. I use mine on longer dog walks or if I'm at work for only a couple of hours....hc

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Re: Thermos flask for standard cage

Postby reohn2 » 18 Nov 2014, 9:13pm

Seems like there's no end of expensive solutions to solve an inexpensive problem :roll:
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Re: Thermos flask for standard cage

Postby Heltor Chasca » 18 Nov 2014, 9:25pm

reohn2 wrote:Seems like there's no end of expensive solutions to solve an inexpensive problem :roll:


He heh. Quite right. A cup of tea never got quite so expensive. I often just take my Trangia with me for a brew. That way I am forced to sit still and rest. :?

I have also had brief visions of lighting up my Kelly Kettle and boiling a brew while I'm on the move, but I might just be accused of being a wee bit too eccentric. Forget the fire hazard :twisted:

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Re: Thermos flask for standard cage

Postby manybikes » 18 Nov 2014, 10:18pm

+1 with bikepacker. An old water bottle with the top cut off placed inside the cage and stuff the vacuum flask in that. No rattles and can easily add tiny bit of packing if necessary.

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Re: Thermos flask for standard cage

Postby slogfester » 18 Nov 2014, 11:48pm

Many thanks for useful replies.

I like the idea of a standard thermos flask, such as that suggested by reohn2 held by the monkii cage suggested by bikepacker.

Even better if (when necessary) the cage could carry a 1.5l drinks bottle for long remote legs. Will the standard monkii cage handle that or do you need the more robust version:

http://www.cyclemiles.co.uk/shop/cycle- ... GvY3EYfzcw

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Re: Thermos flask for standard cage

Postby Brucey » 19 Nov 2014, 12:33am

you could always ask Miles, he's a nice chap who is sure to help you out.

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Re: Thermos flask for standard cage

Postby andrew_s » 19 Nov 2014, 11:06am

There's also the Bike Buddy to carry a standard Thermos.
It stays fastened to the flask, just leaving a couple of buttons in the bottle cage mounts. The Monkii cage is probably a copy of it.

The bigger flask is, the better it does at keeping your drinks warm (or cold, according to season).

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Re: Thermos flask for standard cage

Postby bikepacker » 19 Nov 2014, 1:39pm

reohn2 wrote:Seems like there's no end of expensive solutions to solve an inexpensive problem :roll:


Don't understand where the expensive solutions are.
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Re: Thermos flask for standard cage

Postby reohn2 » 19 Nov 2014, 5:33pm

bikepacker wrote:
reohn2 wrote:Seems like there's no end of expensive solutions to solve an inexpensive problem :roll:


Don't understand where the expensive solutions are.

At the time of my post the following were suggested:-
£18 purpose made Thermos(cage needed)
or a £14 Monkii cage,Thermos needed.
or a £21 Thermos albeit same as the £18 one(cage needed)

My suggestion was a simple cage,available from £4 to,how long's a piece string,and a toestrap which perform just as good as anything and most cyclists have one or two in a drawer somewhere :wink: .
A 0.5ltr S/S Thermos is £5:- http://www.gaynors.co.uk/brands/aladdin ... C8Fvw_wcBd
It's a system I've used for many years and can honestly say works without flaw.
Since my post the only thing I can see that could better it is the Bike Buddy cage,which seems thoroughly practical,long lasting,tried and tested over many years now and at a fair price for what you get,but for a 0.5ltr flask I ask myself is it necessary.
Hmm, I don't think so.

EDIT:- Just tried a 0.5ltr Thermos in a cut off bottle,in a cage as suggested up thread.
It was very secure in one cage type(Specialized resin cage),but needed a toestrap in two other types(Elite Cannibal and Standard alu type).
In all three types of cage,the Thermos was secure without a cut off bottle but with a toestrap around it and cage.
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