I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but many cyclists seem to have one, if not both, of the following “vices”: beer and/or coffee.

My current club, Cutthroat Racing, is sponsored by the Uinta Brewing Company. One of their mainstays is Cutthroat Pale Ale (available out-of-state, with a higher alcohol content, as Angler’s Pale Ale), but we didn’t necessarily name the team after the beer. The Cutthroat trout is also the Utah State Fish. “Cutthroat” also describes our racing style … NOT! I think most of the members of the team race just to participate for the pre- and post-race parties.

Personally, I’m partial to Uinta’s King’s Peak Porter or Bristlecone Brown Ale.

As more evidence of how important beer is to cyclists, check out the large number of jerseys available featuring beer on them. Cannondale makes the “Full Suspension Pale Ale” jersey (another local Utah brew). Colorado Cyclist distributes a series of jerseys based on Denver’s Flying Dog Brewery’s litter of brews. Vermarc is making Breckinridge Brewery “Avalanche Amber Ale” jerseys. The California Road Club used to be sponsored by San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing.

And then there is coffee; that wonderful hot, dark, aromatic cup of stimulating heaven! The only thing that gets many of us moving in the mornings. The early morning caffeine fix! Is there anything better? One of the top US domestic racing teams is even sponsored by Jittery Joe’s.

There is even a website dedicated to the fine art of carrying coffee on the bike, full of reviews of various thermal bottles that may or may not fit into a standard waterbottle cage. I’m partial to the OXO GoodGrips LiquiSeal Travel Mug, which actually is NOT reviewed there. It’s riple-sealed so it doesn’t leak, but has a push-button top that opens the sipping spout, and can be operated one-handed. And it does fit into most standard waterbottle cages, such as the King Stainless Steel bottle cages or the Elite Ciussi INOX. It may not fit into some of the more esoteric cages, like the Tacx Tao.

Beer and coffee. One of these days, I’m going to get a homebrew set, and see if I can figure out a good way to mix the two in a nice dark porter.