For the past several years I’ve been looking for a small thermometer to put on my winter bikes, but I never liked the ones I saw. Last week I purchased a StemCAPtain Stem Cap Thermometer and it is one of the coolest accessories I’ve bought in a long time!
StemCAPtain is a small business based in Grand Junction, Colorado that specializes in quality bicycle accessories. Their product line centers around items that replace the stem cap on your bike with a small accessory base so you can put a clock, picture frame, compass, bottle opener, or a thermometer where the stem cap used to be.
Installation of StemCAPtain weatherproof thermometer was very simple—a trained monkey could probably install it in less than three minutes. All you have to do is remove the old 1″ or 1-1/8″ threadless headset stem cap from your bike and replace it with the provided anodized aluminum base. The base of the StemCAPtain thermometer is available in five colors: Black, Red, Blue, Green and Gold. You also have a choice of two dial colors (Black or White).
The temperature range on the thermometer goes from -15 to 135 degrees Fahrenheit (-26 to 57 C). While this is a very wide temperature range, I wish it went down a bit further—winter cyclists often ride in temperatures down to -40 F (or colder).
The StemCAPtain Stem Cap Thermometer retails for $25 and I ordered mine from the StemCAPtain Website. However, this product should also be available at any local bike shop that orders from Quality Bicycle Products (QBP). I’ve not had the opportunity to try the other StemCAPtain products—but if the quality of the thermometer is any indication you should be very happy with any of them.