Look Mum No Hands! Tour de France mug set  £15.00

9/10

You'd be a mug to drink tea from anything else

Weight 900g   Contact  www.lookmumnohands.com

by rob_simmonds   July 20, 2011  

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Throughout the duration of a long Tour stage it is important to take on regular quantities of liquid. Exposure to just one of Gary Imlach's ultra-dry asides can reduce body moisture by 15%. Although not on the WADA list of banned substances, tea can improve viewing performance by up to 20% and a steady intake of stimulants can help keep the viewer awake when subjected to the relentless drone of Phil'n'Paul as they read from their battered copy of The Tour de France For Dummies.

Naturally, you will need a receptacle for your tea and the chaps at Look Mum No Hands, an amusingly named boutique in London, have kindly sent us a set of their Tour de France mugs for approval.

It was Team Sky who introduced us to the aggregation of marginal gains. Whether it's shaving Geraint's legs in an aerodynamic airflow patterns modelled on the movement of seasweed in a strong underwater current, chamfering the edge of Boasson Hagen-Daaz's bar tape or fitting Uran's stem cap bolts with tiny aero nose cones, this theory of maximising every tiny detail in order to gain an advantage, however small, also holds true of watching the Tour from the comfort of your sofa. Or Team Sky reclining armchair. I have watched many a Tour with nothing more than a standard tea mug. I have several of those, but none has been optimised for Tour viewing in the way that these have. Start your day by checking the race profile. Sprint stage? Pick the green sprinters mug. Climbing stage? It's spotty mug time. You can either hold back the yellow mug for Paris or fill it with Pernod and salute Thomas Voeckler until he falls off or you slump unconscious. Eddy Merckx's 1969 debut? Drink from all three at once! Just holding the right mug will bring you at least 12% closer to the action.

Someone with extensive tea drinking experience has clearly worked on these mugs. The top lip is pleasingly thin, allowing a significant intake of air and tea with each slurp, essential to extract full flavour from your brew. The handles are a standout feature, tall and shallow they make multi-mugging both easy and a pleasure, reducing knuckle singe by up to 65% compared to standard mugs. Your kitchen domestique should have no trouble bringing at least three in each hand in the style of a Munich beer festival bar maid. If your kitchen domestique is a burly rugby player, make sure he is wearing the appropriate low-cut frilly dress to maximise comedy value by up to 18%.

Sizing is always a potential problem for the advanced tea drinker. Pint mugs allow for a satisfying quantity of tea but go cold before the end. Those skinny china mugs that your mum likes don't hold enough and usually have a nasty screen print of a Persian cat. Our test mugs hold the perfect quantity, just enough for an hours refreshment and not too heavy to strain the skinny wrists of undernourished hipsters.

Lacking biscuits I can't comment on how well they cope with dunking, but the internal diameter of 73mm should accomodate the king of biscuits, the McVities Digestive, quite comfortably.

Verdict

Enhance your Tour viewing pleasure with these fine beverage containers.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Look Mum No Hands! Tour de France mug set

Size tested: GC, PC, KM

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?

LMNH have opted for the less is more approach to marketing blurb, which sells these mugs short in my opinion. They make me feel warm and cossetted, like an embrace from my dear old mum after a long day playing snowballs and paddling in chilly streams.

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

Despite being very stiff, ceramic is a poor material for frame making. Lateral compliance is almost nil and crash resistance is very poor. This does make it an ideal material for mugs, offering an almost 100% absence of flex, even when full.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
10/10

If Jean Claude Van Damme was a beverage container he'd be this mug. Drink from a Belgian legend and feel invigorated.

Rate the product for performance:
 
10/10

Superb. Add up the aggregated marginal gains and these mugs are at least 187% better than a standard mug.

Rate the product for durability:
 
10/10

Should last ages and still be usuable when we finally get a British Tour winner.

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

At 300g per mug these aren't the lightest you can buy but they offer a better stiffness to weight ratio than other more solid mugs but without compromising strength.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
10/10

Lovely big handles. Great big handles like the ears on an alert spaniel. Handles for happy hands. Super.

Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Can you put a price on tea drinking pleasure?

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

Magnificent and stylish tea containing.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

I felt closer to the race.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

It makes all of my other mugs feel inadequate. I shall crush them and make a novelty rockery.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

You'd be a mug to drink tea from anything else.

Overall rating: 10/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 5' 8  Weight: er....85kg

I usually ride: Kona Dew Drop, Dawes Century SE  My best bike is: Guess SC1 scandium

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, Audax and long distance solo rides

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I was going to purchase these a few weeks ago via their website (which trying to access on my phone and use paypal made me want to tear me own lungs out with frustration but thats to do with the phone I was using nothing to do with LMNH).

£15 for 3 mugs isnt too bad and they had a bundle offer with a hat and a t-shirt which also seemed reasonable but when I actually read the email they sent and realised how much they had added on in post and packaging and tax (why the tax?) I was very glad they had cancelled my order.

I tried to re-order the mugs on their own and the tax and postage worked out the same so spending the best part of twenty five quid on 3 mugs I had no guarantee of quality on didnt seem that attractive at all.

Think I'll definitely give Look Mum No Hands a crack next time I'm down in London, but not via post.

posted by farrell [1015 posts]
20th July 2011 - 18:00

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posted by bobinski [94 posts]
20th July 2011 - 20:37

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Yes, yes, but are they stiff yet compliant?

posted by Chuck [294 posts]
20th July 2011 - 22:09

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Chuck wrote:
Yes, yes, but are they stiff yet compliant?

I think not...
Quote:
Despite being very stiff, ceramic is a poor material for frame making. Lateral compliance is almost nil and crash resistance is very poor. This does make it an ideal material for mugs, offering an almost 100% absence of flex, even when full.
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posted by Chuffy [183 posts]
20th July 2011 - 22:50

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Smile pwned

posted by Chuck [294 posts]
20th July 2011 - 23:14

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Got to say seven quid postage does seem a bit salty - that's what it said on the final payment page when I tred just now - defo ones for popping in and buying in person.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4111 posts]
21st July 2011 - 8:33

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Postage Schmostage...
Go into Starbucks (delete if cawfee not yo thang) and pay £x.xx for a grande/vento...ya don't even get to keep the big mug.....or one/two day(s) don't go into Starbucks and use the money you saved to pay for the postage on these babies... Cool

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FREEEEEEEEDOM!

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posted by The _Kaner [322 posts]
21st July 2011 - 18:17

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or maybe go on ebay get yourelf a mug press and make your own
http://business.shop.ebay.co.uk/Heat-Presses-/57065/i.html?_nkw=mug+press if you're charging these prices and THAT amount of postage it won't be long until you're in profit. This is where I put in some sort of mug-related reference buy hey, it's a free world instead I will applaud LMNH's mug-related business acumen Raised Eyebrow

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posted by Denzil Dexter [139 posts]
21st July 2011 - 23:22

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Thinking TR's got a mug press…

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4111 posts]
21st July 2011 - 23:31

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We've bought our set (very nice they are too) and rummaged through the cupboard for a matching white neophyte's mug to complete the family distribution. One obvious problem will be when thoroughly trounced over hill & Dale by the children, we oldies will have to watch, parched as they tackle massed cups of tea & biscuits Thinking

It doesn't get easier, you just go faster.....maybe

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posted by pward [86 posts]
25th July 2011 - 9:18

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out of stock Crying

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