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Best Coffee Mugs For Your Cycling Commute

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Have you ever thought about carrying a flask or mug of coffee with you on your bike?

Biking mugs have improved a lot over the last few years, so you can be confident of riding your bike without spilling your drink all over the frame.

In this article, we’ll tell you what to look for in a biking coffee mug and even point you toward some of our favorites.

Our top pick is the Contigo Transit Autoseal Spill-Proof Mug for its practical spill-proof design and use of CleanGuard technology. Read on to find out more!

3 Best Cycling Coffee Mugs

Here are three cycling coffee mugs that will give you a satisfying caffeine fix on your bike commute. Why not treat yourself?

1. Contigo Transit Autoseal Spill-Proof Mug (best overall)

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  • Capacity: 16 fl. oz. (473 ml)
  • Weight: 9.6 oz. (272 g)

Another flask that should fit into most bottle cages is the Contigo Transit Autoseal Spill-Proof Mug. This won’t leak drink on a bike, thanks to its reliable Autoseal technology. You can access your drink with the push of a button and have no lid to deal with.

The matte-black Contigo flask will keep drinks hot for up to 5 hours with its Thermalock Vacuum Insulation, potentially meaning they’ll still be hot at lunchtime if you don’t need a drink on your commute.

This BPA-free stainless steel mug has also has a CleanGuard lid to protect the vulnerable spout from germs. This technology creates a microbiostatic barrier that kills bacteria on contact.

What We Like

  • Technology – useful tech for sealing the mug and keeping it clean.
  • Grip – grippy soft finish for easy handling on the go.
  • Easy use – access your drink with the simple push of a button.

What We Don’t Like

  • Cleaning – lid less easy to clean than those on more basic flasks.

2. Hydro Flask Standard-Mouth Vacuum Water Bottle with Flex Cap (runner up)

Hydro Flask Standard-Mouth Vacuum Water Bottle with Flex Cap in Snapper color variant

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  • Capacity: 24 fl. oz. (700 ml)
  • Weight: 12.8 oz. (363 g)

Available in a wide range of colors, the Hydro Flask Standard-Mouth Vacuum Water Bottle has a narrow design that fits into most bicycle water bottle cages. Alternatively, put it in your commuter backpack or pannier!

This flask will keep your coffee hot for hours, so it will go the distance of any bike commute. It’s made from food-grade 18/8 stainless steel, a material that is commonly used in restaurants and commercial kitchens.

You won’t detect any unpleasant taste or odor from this flask, either, as its BPA-free and resistant to bacteria and odors. To cap it all, you get a Hydro Flask Lifetime Warranty.

What We Like

  • Construction – well made from high-quality materials.
  • Long-lasting – TempShield vacuum insulation keeps drinks hot got hours.
  • Bike friendly – should fit into most bottle holders.

What We Don’t Like

  • Dents – try not to drop it, as its prone to denting.

3. Socizoo Running Insulated Drop-Proof Thermal Flask (best budget)

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  • Capacity: 24 fl. oz. (700 ml)
  • Weight: 14 oz. (397 g)

A flask that represents great value for money is the Socizoo Running Insulated Drop-Proof Thermal Flask. It has a 24 fl. oz. capacity for thirsty commuters and keeps drinks hot for up to 12 hours.

The Socizoo flask is made with food-grade 18/8 stainless steel and powder coated for durability and textured grip. This BPA-free flask that is free of toxins and does not develop odors nor transfer any metallic taste.

A useful feature of this flask is its robust construction. It does not easily damage if dropped. It’s easy to use, too, with a Hinge-Lock cap that keeps the spout of the insulated lid clear for unobstructed drinking.

What We Like

  • One-handed use – easy to use while riding a bike.
  • Drop-proof – doesn’t damage or easily dent when dropped.
  • Durable – lasting powder-coated finish that is easy to handle.

What We Don’t Like

  • Lid – do not screw lid the lid too tight to avoid potential breakage.

Features To Look Out For

There are several features that are either vital or desirable in a coffee mug for bike commuting.

Capacity

Think about how much drink you need to carry in your bike-commuting coffee mug. A container holding 16 fluid ounces is the equivalent of about one and a half average-sized mugs, whereas 24 fluid ounces is equal to over two mugs.

These sizes are the same as common water-bottle sizes on a bike. On a winter’s day, you’ll probably find that 16 fl. oz. is more than enough, but if you want to fill a flask with cold water during a heatwave, 24 fl. oz. will be welcome.

Leak-Proof

If you’re going to be carrying a drink in a water-bottle cage, it’s vital that the bottle should be leak proof. Otherwise, vibration from the road or trail is likely to have the drink leaking out onto your bike.

Of course, you still want the mug to be leak-proof if you carry it in a backpack or pannier, but in that situation the mug is a little more protected against shock. If the seal is poor, it still might leak.

Study the design of the bike-commuting mug carefully and see if it has any technology to keep it sealed. It’s also useful to look at peer reviews on vendors’ websites, particularly if several say the same thing.

Video: Contigo Autoseal Spill-Proof Technology

Easy To Clean

The downside to mugs or flasks with ingenious designs is that they’re often more difficult to thoroughly clean. Sometimes, you may have to dismantle them in ways that the manufacturer does not recommend in order to do so.

It’s always worth looking for YouTube videos on cleaning techniques for drinking vessels, especially with popular products.

You can clean some flasks using a dishwasher, which may do a good job. You can also clean flasks/mugs by hand using a water/vinegar mix followed by soapy water. A bottle brush can help to get into spaces that are hard to otherwise reach.

High-Quality Materials

Study the materials used in the construction of your cycling coffee mug before buying.

For instance, food-grade stainless steel is the same material used in professional kitchens and restaurants. This rust-proof metal is a good material to look out for in a potential mug.

Plastic materials are often used in lids and flask spouts. These should be BPA-free and not leach chemicals. Search reviews to see if anyone has experienced a plastic taste from the flask or mug.

Video: What Is 18/8 Stainless Steel?

Ease Of Use

Look for a flask that is easy to use while riding, provided you’re confident enough in your bike-handling skills to do that. You should be able to access the spout one-handed.

It’ll also be handy if the flask fits into the bottle cage that can be fitted to most modern bikes using the mounts on the bike’s down tube.

Enjoy your coffee!

Read more: Best bike cup holders

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Mark Whitley
Mark Whitley
I’m a cycling enthusiast, and the founder and chief editor of Bike Push. If I’m not working on this website, then I’m out on the bike clocking up the miles. I want to help others get the most out of cycling.

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