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
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.