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Look out Portland, here come ‘Dutchtubs’

Posted by on April 23rd, 2012 at 10:28 am

Southeast Portland bike shop (and long-time BikePortland supporter!) Clever Cycles is no stranger to introducing innovative products from Europe to local bike lovers. But their latest idea might be their most awesome yet.

Perusing their latest email newsletter I came across this…

Is that a hot tub? On wheels? Why yes…

Yes, this is a portable outdoor hot tub from the Netherlands that you (of course) tow behind your bike. Clever Cycles plans to rent these out! Here’s more:

Our next container from the Netherlands will include a couple Dutchtubs, which we will make available for rent. These are portable wood-fired spas with seating for four. Why? Because they can be towed by bike! We think water, fire and bikes are already key parts of living well in Portland; we love how the Dutchtub ties together all three in a virtuous spiral. O, and there’s a wok for the top of the fire ring.

They weighs around 150 pounds empty. We’ll have a trailer and accessories to allow the Dutchtub to get under most any downspout in Portland by bike within an hour. You pedal. Give us a couple months to get all this ready, but start dreaming now.

Wow. Imagine the possibilities (cyclocross races, cold Midnight Mystery Rides, oh man).

Check out the manufacturer’s website for more info and look for these on the streets of Portland later this summer.

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  • eli bishop April 23, 2012 at 10:40 am

    oh, man! i’ve read about these for years! so exciting they’ll be available in pdx!

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  • Jason Mauer April 23, 2012 at 10:58 am

    That tub looks pretty wide… does it fit within a standard-width bike lane?

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    • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) April 23, 2012 at 11:01 am

      I doubt it would fit in the old school, 4 ft wide bike lanes we have in some places… But I bet it fits the new standard, 6-7 ft lanes we have. And I doubt it’s wider than the B-Line PDX freight trikes!

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      • non April 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm

        They have the dimensions on the manufacture’s website and it’s about 5 and a half feet wide.

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  • Mickey April 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Super easy to make with a water trough, copper pipe, and charcoal starter, or just keep the money and ride to a hot spring.

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  • Brian E April 23, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Here is a idea if you want to improve the water heater.

    These things work awesome.

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  • dsaxena April 23, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Second photo, lower right hand side…is that a dead chicken??

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    • dsaxena April 23, 2012 at 11:08 am

      Nevermind, it’s two live chickens. Yes, very Portland. 🙂

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      • SilkySlim April 23, 2012 at 11:16 am

        I suppose they will soon be boiled chickens.

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    • EdCar April 30, 2012 at 10:20 am

      dude’s hat will catch a fire for sure!

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  • oskarbaanks April 23, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Dutch tub, Vouvray Clicquot , Eastbank Esplanade…..

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    • Scott April 23, 2012 at 5:03 pm


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      • oskarbaanks April 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm

        That’s Hicker-billy phonetics. I guess it the joke didn’t translate.

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  • Lisa G. April 23, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I’d like to see this rigged to use solar power

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    • Dave Proctor April 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      I had a solar-powered hot tub, not that neat, actually. Doesn’t work well when when it’s cloudy. You know, when you want to use it.

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  • GlowBoy April 23, 2012 at 11:34 am

    That is too freakin’ cool!

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  • matt picio April 23, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Somehow, one of those needs to find its way into a Cycle Wild trip…

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    • Dave Proctor April 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Totally. I wonder if Clever is going to rig up a StokeMonkey on the trailer to help out.

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  • Shawn Small April 23, 2012 at 11:42 am

    wow watching their video makes me think “tooo sexy”

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  • Ian C. April 23, 2012 at 11:52 am

    The worst day of the year ride is starting to look much more appealing!

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  • borgbike April 23, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    There’s this one too:
    Super easy, low maintenance, etc. Not transportable by bike though.

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  • Stripes April 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I want to see someone do the Ronde with one of those next year, culminating in a Council Crest soak!

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  • 3-speeder April 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    In a remote location – like the beach – away from water spigots, how does one fill the tub with water? I suppose one can haul 5-gallon buckets repeatedly, although I would guess that would require quite a few such hauls.

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    • matti April 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      You could rig a garden hose and a bike- or hand-powered pump to draw water from a nearby creek.

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    • Shane April 30, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Saltwater hottub?

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  • dan April 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Awesome! I think the most important question is: how much does it weigh when filled with water? That is, is there anyway to fill it up, stoke the firebox, and bike around the waterfront while your passengers sit in the hot tub? Maybe one of the few times I’ll concede the necessity of using an e-bike 😉

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  • Swan Island Runner April 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Looks like the chickens are making stew for dinner!

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  • CaptainKarma April 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I’m guessing it holds 100 gals, probabaly more. Water = 8 lbs per gal, so 800 lbs, plus the unit, plus a passenger, over half a ton. And good luck slamming on the brakes!

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    • Dan April 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      So, you’re saying I’ll need a granny gear? 😉

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  • Zaphod April 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I saw this too. Hot damn

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  • Lazlo April 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Open fires are very polluting. Just because it’s towed by a bike doesn’t make it a good idea. It would be better to have a propane powered tub pulled by a car.

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    • Alan 1.0 April 23, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Yabbut it’s locally grown, carbon-neutral pollution.

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    • Chris I April 23, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      Open fires are only a problem in dense, populated areas. I believe the intent of these tubs is to tow them to the beach, or camping. These places generally have excellent air quality, and a few of these tubs won’t have a noticeable impact.

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  • ash April 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Ha! Look like a giant mocajete.

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  • Becky April 26, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I wonder how they’d work as birthing tubs for a bicycle-based midwife.

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    • Rae Mullin April 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Love this! To nervous hubby… “go boil water to make the tub hot”

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  • B April 30, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I don’t see passive convection being enough for effective circulation of water. But I really don’t know.

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  • Scott May 1, 2012 at 7:52 am

    This idea looks like a lemon to me (sorry I couldn’t resist)

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  • Gisele March 31, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    This is not a Dutch design from 2002. This design has been for ages and designers like Shiro Kuramata (1943-1991), and Koehler has had these designs from long time ago. the only difference is that the Dutchttub is made with poor quality and longer heating time. What a rip off!

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  • M.L May 14, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    My hot tub dreams came together when i discovered a wood fired hot tub made in Sweden. Check it out

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