Note: Winemaker Magazine and the author do not endorse the operation of any vehicle, motorized or self-propelled after the consumption of alcohol. They advocate sitting quietly, or at most dancing without looking goofy.
A year or so ago I was commenting in a different blog on the wisdom of Tour de France cycle racers who were clever enough to bring along bottles of wine on their rides, to dull the pain of turning an innocent pastime into a grueling sport. I joked that I wanted '. . . a bottle rack that will hold a magnum of Champagne'.
Ask and ye shall receive. A particularly astute reader let me know that there was already a product to fill this need. Jesse Herbert is a pretty cool cat, and his design company makes a variety of nifty stuff, holders, holsters and phone cases. In this case he was inspired to design a proper wine caddy for a bicycle (the one in the picture above is charming, but from an engineering standpoint a scarf wrapped around a frame tube is about as useful as a chocolate hammer).
Here's the bunny:
Sturdy leather, brass knobs and old-world craftsmanship. What more do you want?
Made from recycled materials and vegetable tanned leather, the wine carrier will probably last longer than your bike (longer than the wine, especially if you park your bike with a bottle attached!) If you're interested, check out his website, oopsmark.com
There's nothing as much fun as a bicycle ride, and some of my favorite rides have involved impromptu picnics with wine, cheese and bread in the middle--no sense in overdoing the whole physical exercise thing without the prospect of a reward--but I always fantasized about wine bottles that would fit in my water bottle holder. Turns out I was looking at it the wrong way.
Now all I need is a bicycle . . .