The Growler Cycle, or How Beer Adds Innovation to Bike Design

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Photo by Feeldesain

There are a lot of chicken and egg scenarios going on here.  The last decade has seen a rise in two seemingly inextricable phenomena: an increase in unique bicycle commuters (both the people and the bikes themselves) and an increase in unique beer.  Which precedes which is anybody’s guess.  We drink more to replace the calories we burn pedaling around town, or we pedal around town to burn the extra calories we consume via microbrew?  Likewise, why build an entire bike around the ability to carry a growler as opposed to building an accessory for existing bikes?   A lot of innovation meets this sort of skepticism, like why do I need CDs when I have cassettes?  Maybe this beer cycle will be the next Tang, Post-it, or microwave.  Flip to side B for more pics, pontification, and endless unseen possibilities.

Creator Joey Ruiter already has an interesting cadre of interesting transportation concepts including a 36er, an e-bike, boats and motorized vehicles.  The Growler City Bike prototype is part of Ruiter’s thoughts on the cargo we carry.  The Growler City Bike was built around (literally) a growler from a local pub, but “with or without the beer, this changed how we view typical beach/ city ‘cruisers’” (J. Ruiter).

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Photo by Feeldesain

The Growler City Bike is designed with 29er wheels, monarch springer fork, 2 speed internal kickback hub, and disc brakes, so the ride should be comfy and quiet.

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But what about this idea of putting cargo a the center of the bicycle instead of on top of it? Certainly that would add stability while protecting the precious cargo.  Putting heavy cargo in front baskets or rear luggage racks can throw off the handling of a bicycle and send the cargo flying in the case of a crash or even sudden stop.  Perhaps this concept will lead to new ways of transporting other precious cargo like organ donations or Stradivarius violins.



27 thoughts on “The Growler Cycle, or How Beer Adds Innovation to Bike Design

  1. Love the tiny metal point the growler ends up sitting on (above BB), wasted beer after the first curb or pothole, and a glass slashed tire.

  2. With the seat that low I don’t think you’ll have any trouble pedaling around the growler.

    Definitely a case of form trumping function though.

  3. I believe it is illegal to have an open alcohol container in a vehicle. And it is illegal to ride intoxicated.

    Good luck riding around like that.

  4. If it’s legal to ride with a 6-pack in a basket, in a pannier, or on rack, it’s almost certainly legal to ride with a closed growler in its own special made rack.

  5. Any growler without a tamper-evident seal is technically an open container. Some states require growlers to be sold with one, but anywhere else, you may not even be able to ask for one.

  6. In California: “23222. (a) No person shall have in his or her possession on his or her person, while driving a motor vehicle upon a highway or on lands, as described in subdivision (b) of Section 23220, any bottle, can, or other receptacle, containing any alcoholic beverage which has been opened, or a seal broken, or the contents of which have been partially removed”

    No seal – open container. Big frigging penalty.

  7. Simple: have the growler sealed. If businesses are selling growlers that people are taking home, then they likely understand compliance issues. Simple. No mindless kvetching required. No big issue. If businesses don’t help with compliance, don’t buy the bike. Even simpler. Even less mindless hand wringing required.

  8. @Psi Squared: Business are not selling sealed growlers so that idiots can parade around public streets with them attached to their vehicles in the most visible way possible. And they will not change anything to accommodate the said idiots.

  9. Everyone’s has been commenting on the condition of the growler in case of accident, but I’d be worried about nutting myself on the toptube that’s level with the seat. Priorities, I guess.

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