Ahearne Cycles Spaceman hip flask and cage  £29.99

7/10

Medicinal beverage holder for the well oiled

Weight 143g   Contact  www.charliethebikemonger.com

by TR McGowran   March 5, 2011  

Ahearn hipflask and cage

You can be the equivalent of an alpine st. Bernard and carry your own medicinal tipple whilst out on your next ride with Ahearne Cycle's Spaceman hip flask and holder. Basically it is a rather crudely welded, modified, bottle holder with a raw, unpainted finish that bolts onto your standard bottle mounts and which holds a generic hip flask snuggly in its grasp.

Now, I'm not condoning drinking and riding but sometimes wetting your lips with a wee nip of brandy on a cold ride or to add an extra hit to your coffee stop seems like an attractive option. then this will keep your elixir safe and your blood well oiled.

The cool thing about it is that it is that it is fun and quirky the possible downside is that it does kind of suggest that you are fond of the taste of liquor... and some might think obsessively so, especially if your bike only has one bottle mount.

Verdict

Medicinal beverage holder for the well oiled.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Ahearne Cycles Spaceman hip flask and cage

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

This looks way cooler than sticking your hip flask down you lycra shorts... "why is this booze you have kindly offered me so damned warm?"

anything that gets plucked out of your riding pants and thrust towards you is for a different group ride altogether.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Stainless steel, unbranded hip flask 250ml approx

Unpainted metal cage

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
4/10

I think the fabricator had already finished the contents of the hip flask before welding up the cage! Bird shit welds but at least it is on straight and It holds the bottle as tightly as someone like Oliver Reed might have.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Despite the blobbly welding it will last longer than your liver.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
6/10
Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

It is a novelty thingy that makes a great gift and gifts are all about thought.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

The product performed well, Jameson's too.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Quirky, fun, light headed humour.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The welding was poor

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, but not the day after

Would you consider buying the product? As a gift

Would you recommend the product to a friend? To those who like a taste

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

hic!

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 179  Weight: 79

I usually ride: Bike that I am testing at the time  My best bike is: Giant CFR pro, old school carbon converted to fixed. Kinesis Convert 2 fixed. Shorter cafe racer

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed, bare back

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Good grief, that finish is dreadful! Pre-production perhaps? Otherwise, good idea. Without a flask full of rum I would surely have died on the sub-zero Glastonbury 100 back in Jan.

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posted by Chuffy [184 posts]
5th March 2011 - 21:47

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Great idea! There's absolutely nothing wrong with a quick swig of brandy or rum to warm the cockles on a cold morning ride. Hey, it's 5:00 somewhere! If you're not crazy about the finish of the flask provided or want to use a personalized flask instead, check out this site: http://www.executivegiftshoppe.com/hip-flasks.html

Pete Ekizian

posted by peteekizian [1 posts]
7th March 2011 - 16:18

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I have one of these. It's basically mis-conceived. The hip-flask is shaped as it is so that it goes in a pocket. It needs to be in a pocket to keep one's liquor at the right temperature.

If the flask's on a frame on a winter evening ride the liquor ends up refrigerated. Fine for flavoured vodka shots, no good for anything nice.

Cool

posted by BigDummy [284 posts]
8th March 2011 - 19:16

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+1 the whole idea of a hip flask is pocketability. Will the next cut & shut be banana shaped. It looks like I made it. £30 = no

posted by Shouldbeinbed [27 posts]
12th March 2011 - 7:30

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'Good grief, that finish is dreadful! Pre-production perhaps'
Can only assume so, the finish on mine is lovely.

posted by andyp [860 posts]
25th October 2011 - 12:03

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