|May 2005--One of the best part
about Campy Only's weekend training rides is the stop for coffee
afterwards (usually at Peet's Coffee
near C-O world headquarters). But what if you can't wait 'til the end
of the ride for your caffeine fix?
Fabrications, maker of a variety of road, mountain, and track bikes,
now offers the "Morning Rush," a bike-mounted coffee cup
holder with a matching stainless steel mug that lets you bring 16 oz. of
piping hot beverage with you from the start of the ride. No more
waiting in line in line at your local coffee shop--you can sip away
while your riding buddies place their orders. (It's also great for
But ... before we get too much farther
with this scenario, let's not forget the numerous warnings on the
package and in Soma's instructions about the dangers of drinking and
driving. Soma correctly points out that it's not a smart idea to
pour a steaming hot beverage down your throat while also trying to steer
and pedal ...
Coffee, anyone? We show
the Morning Rush mounted on our Retro Benotto
Caffeine ... a legal
The provided mount on a
pair of oversized bars. It won't fit.
A few notes about the Morning Rush:
- We're impressed with the quality of
holder, which is made of stainless steel (except the plastic part
that clips onto the bar-mounted holder). The bar mount is made
by Cateye, and is the same as the mount provided with their clip-on
headlights. If it gets dark, you can take the cup off, turn
the mount so it's horizontal (the cup mounts vertically) and put on
- Soma thoughtfully provided several
plastic disks on the inside of the holder so it won't leave scratch
marks on the cup. Nice touch.
- The cup itself is stainless on the
outside and plastic on the inside. It will keep a cup of coffee
reasonably warm for more than an hour. The lid screws on (with a
silicone gasket to help keep the coffee inside); a sliding cover
moves aside when you want to sip.
- The mount easily fits standard bars
near the clamp (with a provided shim), or where the bar tape
is. It will not fit oversized bars (see photos
above). Cateye offers an oversized mount that your local bike
shop can sell you, but it's not included with the Morning
Rush. If you have a center-mounted bike computer (like the
ErgoBrain), you may also be challeged in terms of mounting location.
- For reasons unknown to us, Soma's
packaging shows the holder mounted on a Raleigh mountain bike ...
Next time, they should lend a Soma to the public relations
department for the photo shoot. (We don't show it our our
Soma because its center-mounted computer interferes with the
Overall, a nicely done accessory for the
cyclist who has everything else. Our LBS reports that they're
selling briskly. Suggested retail price is $39.95. You can
find the Morning Rush at many bike shops, or buy online at their web
site: www.somafab.com (Soma
Fabrications provided a Morning Rush to Campy Only for testing.)
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