Charlie the Bikemonger Wisecracker spacer bottle opener  £9.99


A great idea for thirsty riders that could save on dental bills

Weight 18g   Contact

by TR McGowran   October 25, 2012  

Bikemonger Wisecracker

The Charlie the Bikemonger Wisecracker spacer bottle opener is a natty piece of machined aluminium that will come in handy when you stop for a bottle of your favourite Belgium import beer.

No more chipped teeth or bent keys trying to lever off a bottle top ghetto style.

This neat device is a 3mm, 1 1/8inch headset spacer (I know, a miss match of imperial and metric units but this is how it is) with a pokey out bit (technical wordage) that can prize open the lid on a bottle (bottle opener).

It is anodised and has a Charlie the bike monger (as in iron monger) logo on it. It works a treat and saves on having another keying on that ever growing clutch of keys.


A great idea for thirsty riders that could save on dental bills. test report

Make and model: Charlie the Bikemonger Wisecracker spacer bottle opener

Size tested: Black

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?

"Its not only a few mm tall 1 1/8" aheadset spacer, but also also opens beer bottles." Almost entirely true apart from you have to open your own bottle of beer using it rather than it opening the beer bottle for you. Pedantic.

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

This one is made from an Aluminium alloy, black annodised with a little logo on it or you can get a cheaper version made from steel. Fits a 1 1/8 inch headset and is a 3mm thick spacer with a built-in bottle opener.

Rate the product for quality of construction:

Clean and well produced. It works too.

Rate the product for performance:

Took the lid of my beer clean off.

Rate the product for durability:
Rate the product for value:

It is a bit pricey for a gimmick but makes a great present.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

When the beer was open, life became better.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, very much so.

Would you consider buying the product? For a friend.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? As a gift idea.

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 39  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 geared work horse, Look KG241 skinny whippet

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


6 user comments

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What a great idea. Not sure I'd trust an aluminium bottle opener though - doesn't it bend?

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posted by Gizmo_ [1248 posts]
26th October 2012 - 11:32


come on guys - no self respecting cycle shed (or tool kit) is without a bottle opener and it wont cost a tenner to save your teeth


posted by alg [158 posts]
26th October 2012 - 13:48

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surely the compression in the spacer stack is a fairly precise thing - unless you've tightened everything "as hard as it'll go" - so is this really a good idea?

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posted by PJ McNally [602 posts]
27th October 2012 - 11:56


18g?! No chance this is going on my weenie bike. Is there a carbon version in the pipeline?

posted by Nick T [906 posts]
27th October 2012 - 19:09


Hi Chaps,
To address your concerns...

the alloy is plenty strong enough, one of mine has done several hundred bottles and going strong.

is this a good idea..? yes it is, does not effect the headset tension in any way.

carbon version.... carbon is nowt more than burnt toast and dead horses... you cant open beer with toast or horses... or can you?
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posted by Charlie The Bik... [16 posts]
29th October 2012 - 17:15


Gizmo_ wrote:
What a great idea. Not sure I'd trust an aluminium bottle opener though - doesn't it bend?

That's got to be a funny comment from someone who lists two AL-framed bikes as their rides!
Surely your bikes bend when you ride them? Smile

posted by pwake [365 posts]
29th October 2012 - 18:18