Thursday, July 23, 2009
Product Review: Joe-2-Go Coffee Cup Holder
The Origin8 Joe-2-Go Coffee Cup Holder solves the problem of how to carry your favorite non-bottled beverage on your ride. It clamps to your handlebar with a sturdy hinged metal clamp. It holds any beverage in a tapered cup, whether the cup is disposable or reusable.
I picked one of these up a couple of months ago when we first got them for our Hot Deals for Cold Days specials earlier this year.
I had tried an inferior model of coffee cup holder in the past. The cup holder part was made of a thin layer of bare aluminum, which did not grip a cup very well. I had a couple of cases where I went over a bump or railroad tracks and suffered an unplanned ejection of my beverage. I tried to solve this by choosing a coffee mug with rubber grippers on the side. This solved the problem somewhat. Another problem, though, is that the cheap plastic clamp holding it to my handlebar did not hold tight enough. No matter how tightly I screwed the bolt in place, or how many rubber shims I put between the clamp and the handlebar, under the weight of a cup of coffee, after a few minutes of riding, the cup holder sagged under the weight of the beverage.
Both of these problems are solved with the Joe-2-Go. I filled my travel mug before I left home this morning with a full serving of Jet Fuel from my Keurig coffee maker. (Yes, I have joined the Keurig Kult. Resistance is Futile.) The Joe-2-Go performed with flying colors during my 14-mile commute to the shop. The handlebar clamp held firm, with no slippage whatsoever. The foam lining of the cup holder kept my mug from flying out, over curbs, potholes, and railroad tracks. Here it is in action on my Xtracycle cargo bike:
The Origin8 Joe-2-Go Coffee Cup Holder is in stock at all three of our stores, and costs $15.99.
P.S. Roadside Finds of the Day: wooden Jesus fish pendant, big rubber ant, and the usual bungee cord: