Friday, July 14, 2006

Cycling Innovation in Portland, Oregon

In some circles, it is a well known fact that Portland, Oregon is both a cycling mecca and a brewing mecca. When two beautiful forces such as bicycles and beer can coexist in a tiny geographical location, good ideas simply cannot be stopped.

Adam Roberts, an internet friend, flyfisherman, and amateur framebuilder in Portland, OR, has been perfecting what I consider to be one of the best ideas (Adam, patent your design quickly!) in cycling's recent history. May I now introduce the Bottle Drop™!

Could there be a more refined way to open a chilly bottle of your favorite locally-brewed suds than on your bike?

There are other Portland companies hot on this beercycle trend, and I feel it important to note Ahearne Cycles and their complete set of beautifully handcrafted bicycle racks - many of which showcase a bottle opener, among other sensible features.

Inspired by all of this why-didnt-i-think-of-that innovation, I am currently doing some design research of my own to determine how to build the best flyfishing-specific, beer drinking all-rounder bicycle...


The Old Bag said...

Love this!

Unknown said...

Reminds me of the Reef sandles that have the opener on the bottom sole.

Only down fall is that you have to put the bottle top against the bottom of your sandle. Not as sanitary as the bike frame version.

I wonder how many other items have bottle openers built into them.

Unknown said...

Sorry, I forgot to add a link...

see Gizmodo post about the sandles

Gino Zahnd said...

"I wonder how many other items have bottle openers built into them."

Not enough, my friend. Not enough.