BBQs, bicycles and beer

bicycle beer bottle holder

What a difference a week makes. With BBQ season well and truly upon us, why not ride to the party with a bicycle beer bottle holder?

Hanging a heavy carrier bag from your handlebars while riding a bike can be a recipe for disaster and the answer, it seems, is a mallet holder. Geoffrey Franklin started Walnut Studio because he was unable to find the leather accessories he needed for his bikes. The range of products he now makes by hand to order includes a leather holder to secure bike polo mallets to the bike’s top tube – it just so happens the design doubles up very nicely as a way of carrying a pack of beer bottles.

‘Recognised as one of the Ten Best Bike-related Designs by Architizer and a consistent best-seller, the 6-Pack Frame Cinch attaches any object to your bicycle, but most importantly, it brings a 6-pack of your favourite beverage along for the ride.

The sturdy leather design straps the object securely between your knees while leaving a stylish impression as you roll by. Bike Polo mallets, kayak paddles, fishing rods; thanks to the versatility and strength of our high quality leather, anything is possible.’

Win a bicycle beer bottle carrier

beer carrier

Win a bicycle bottle holder

We have a beer bottle carrier from Walnut Studio worth £34 to give away. Simply leave us a comment below and we’ll pick a name next week.

Bicycles, alcohol and the law

In law, a bicycle is defined as a carriage for use on the highway, but cyclists are not in charge of ‘mechanically propelled‘ vehicles so, in law, do not have to adhere to exactly the same rules as motorists, including ‘drink drive’ rules. While it’s probably true that the proverbial swift half will not lead to a massive impairment in your ability to ride, Section 30 Road Traffic Act 1988 says: ‘It is an offence for a person to ride a cycle on a road or other public place when unfit to ride through drink or drugs.’

That is to say, if under the influence of a drink or a drug to such an extent as to be incapable of having proper control of the cycle. If you ride drunk you risk endangering yourself and possibly others and can be fined by up to £2,500.

For this and other useful legal advice, see our guide to cycling and the law 

Ethical cycle insurance

On the face of it, one cycle insurance policy is much like another, but the devil is the detail. Check your small print for so-called ‘new-for-old’ replacement – many insurers use the term, but if your bicycle is more than a few years old, devalue it severely. This means you are left out of pocket when you come to replace it.

With ETA cycle insurance, however old the bike, if it’s stolen you get enough to buy a new model. Furthermore, every cycle insurance policy you buy from us helps support the work of the ETA Trust, our charity campaigning for a cleaner, safer transport future. Little wonder The Good Shopping Guide judges us to be Britain’s most ethical provider.


  1. Darren C


    If I was the lucky winner I wouldn’t use it to carry bottles, not only do I not drink but it looks quite bulky and will probably my knees while pedaling. Would be great though to carry a spare tube, lock or an umbrella as shown on their website, on my 1980’s commuting bike.

  2. Alan


    Only 6 pack I’ll ever carry.

  3. Alan


    This looks like it needs a horizontal top tube – luckily my old bike has one

  4. Richard


    A drop of Adnams should drop nicely in there

  5. Inge


    OMG, this is too good to be true! A thing of beauty and practicality!

  6. Bryn Gwyndaf Jones


    What a lovely idea!

  7. Karl Wallendszus


    This would have come in very handy earlier this week when I took some beer to a friend’s garden party. Next time!

  8. Neil Dougan


    Yes please

  9. Raf


    a fantastic idea for carrying bottles for a BBQ!

  10. Pamela


    Getting ready for a cycling party – yes please

  11. Jane Collier


    Ingenious idea. Beer might arrive slightly shaken but hey ho, easier than on your back or carrier bag on the handlebars- not advised!!

  12. Doug M


    This looks like a handy gadget and a good safety feature. I don’t carry glass items in a back pack when cycling, for fear of the risk of serious cuts if I had an accident. One of these carriers will enable me to shop for beer without using my car.

  13. Peter Clark


    Cheers! 🍻

  14. Jim Woodlingfield


    This would be great for an annual group ride I do that needs plenty of refreshments!

  15. Gavin


    I get the pubs I ride to, to fill my bidons with 50% beer and 50% water – i.e. small beer. Tastes far better than that gouting isotonic cak that is peddled to cyclist as some wonder food that they can’t ride without. The beer holder would come in handy for sure.

  16. Sarah


    What a beautiful thirst quenching piece of kit

  17. Tracey


    Cheers! For a holder for my beers 🍻

  18. Craig S


    This would be perfect for summer rides to friends BBQs!

  19. Rohan Lewis


    Interesting beer bottle carrier – would also carry a cycle lock, I think.

  20. Whobiggs


    Those tassels won’t last two minutes on the chain! 😊

  21. Andy Brown


    with this I could continue to show a lot of bottle on my rides…

  22. Leah


    Shaken not stirred 😂

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