Carrying shopping

Discussion in 'Cycling Archive' started by Tim+, Sep 25, 2012.

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    Tim+ Guest

    How do folk carry a typical load of supermarket shopping?

    I'm trying to use my bike for pleasure AND the odd shopping trip but I've
    yet to find a way of carrying a baguette and keeping it intact.

    What do people use, rucksacks, trailers, paniers, other?

    Tim+, Sep 25, 2012
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    D.M. Procida Guest

    Platic bags on th ends of the handlebars of course.

    Failing that, you can get loads in deep panniers.

    D.M. Procida, Sep 25, 2012
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    Colin Reed Guest

    Pannier and/or trailer. Baguettes can go in pannier bags that have the
    fold over type top. I use Altura panniers - see
    , and often only fasten one of the strap clips, allowing a baguette to
    poke up and out of the bag. Sometimes, I might lie it on top of the
    drawstring closure and then fold the cover over loosely. Of course,
    both of these are only ok if it's not raining. I also have a Cargo -
    Lite carrier (similar to the Bob YAK -
    It has a large removal holdall that I can generally get 3 full
    supermarket bags in. Normal supermarket run is about 2 miles each way,
    so nothing drastic, but I do live on the only hill in the area, so it's
    all uphill on the way home.

    Colin Reed, Sep 25, 2012
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    Clive George Guest

    My wife does all our shopping using a trailer (yak). Including big gas
    cylinders :)
    Clive George, Sep 25, 2012
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    Owen Dunn Guest

    Apart from having bad effects on balance, that would give me The Fear
    of something in/from the bags getting caught up in the front wheel
    with ensuing hilarity.

    Owen Dunn, Sep 25, 2012
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    Owen Dunn Guest

    A pair of Ortlieb panniers will carry a normal small shopping load
    happily, but I avoid trying to move bulky things with the bike so I
    can fit more little things in. (This results in an occasional trip to
    the supermarket in the car where the till boy looks at me strangely
    for buying several kilos of cornflakes.)

    My panniers are the Ortlieb non-rolltop type so I can leave long
    objects poking out the top and close the lid to the side of any
    baguettes / wiper blades / garden canes I may be transporting, but
    this is obviously useless if it's raining.

    Break the baguette in half?

    Owen Dunn, Sep 25, 2012
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    Scion Guest

    Tim+ spake thus:
    I stick it in the boot :)
    Scion, Sep 25, 2012
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    Peter Clinch Guest

    Small wheels are much better in this respect (not that I particularly
    recommend the practice if you've small wheels...).

    Peter Clinch, Sep 25, 2012
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    Peter Clinch Guest

    A Burrows 8 Freight, which is a dedicated cargo bike.
    I wouldn't want to use the 8 freight as a general pleasure bike: it's
    just for freight jobs. If I wanted to do serious shopping on a regular
    basis with a "one bike fits all" these days solution I'd probably go for
    a trailer.

    In the past I've used panniers, but they're a pain for supermarket shopping.

    Peter Clinch, Sep 25, 2012
  10. Not recommended unless you have a small wheeled bike where the bag can't
    possibly get caught in the front wheel spokes. (Or a recumbent where the
    same applies, or a tandem where bags on the stokers bars can't, etc..)

    I once helped a cyclist who could tell me that the confused impression he gave
    was because he had banged his head when the plastic bags on his handlebars got
    tangled in his wheel, but not tell me how long ago it had happened.

    (He insisted he didn't need medical help, and assured me someone at his house
    (which was more or less on my way anyway) would keep an eye on him, so I just
    rode with him. (It was dark (but streetlit), I had lights, he didn't.))

    My typical weekly shopping for the family is carried in a car. Smaller loads
    have been variously carried in panniers, in plastic bags on handlebars on a
    small wheeled bike, in a rucsac, in plastic bags on a large wheeled bike
    cautiously, or various combinations of the above.
    Alan Braggins, Sep 25, 2012
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    Sara Guest

    I've got a basket on the front - not nearly as big as the one I used to
    have which would get about half a dozen carrier bags full in it. I've
    also got two huge panniers and a bunger over the rear carrier. If it's
    raining and I want to make sure my waterproof panniers are closed
    properly then I'd put the baguette over the rear carrier held in place
    with the bungee. It'd get wet of course.

    I got rid of the **HUGE** basket because the temptation to fill it was
    too great and it made the bike very unstable when fully loaded. I've got
    a medium-sized basket now, big enough for my handbag and maybe one bag
    of shopping rather than six.
    Sara, Sep 25, 2012
  12. A pair of Ortlieb rolltops, plus Carry Freedom if needed. For a
    baguette, I usually bungie it onto the top of the rack.
    Roger Burton West, Sep 25, 2012
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    Phil Cook Guest

    Phil Cook, Sep 25, 2012
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    Tim+ Guest

    A very sensible idea but it ruins the aesthetics of the intact loaf. ;-)

    Tim+, Sep 25, 2012
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    Tim+ Guest

    I'm going to assume the original suggestion was tongue-in-cheek. It does
    awful things to your stability and control. Of course we've all done it
    though. ;-)

    Tim+, Sep 25, 2012
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    D.M. Procida Guest

    Sacre bleu.

    D.M. Procida, Sep 25, 2012
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    Sam Wilson Guest

    I stick it in the boot :)[/QUOTE]

    Ah, you've still got one of these then:


    Sam Wilson, Sep 25, 2012
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    Rob Morley Guest

    I use assorted ancient falling-apart no-longer-waterproof Karrimor
    panniers on a front and/or rear rack for general stuff, but for things
    like baguettes I find an eco-bag slung across my back does the job.
    This sort of thing (but mine just have "IKEA" rather than a fluffy
    Rob Morley, Sep 25, 2012
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    kimble Guest

    Weekly shopping in two reasonably large tatty panniers, bulky items like
    loo roll get bungeed to the rack.

    Carry Freedom trailer with a large plastic box comes out once a month or
    so for a bulk buy of heavy/bulky stuff. Prior to that, I'd do online
    deliveries, but became frustrated by poor stock control

    Odds and ends (chiefly milk) from the shop at the end of the road on foot.

    Baguettes, on the odd occasion that I manage to find some reasonably
    fresh ones, tend to get folded in half at the checkout.

    kimble, Sep 25, 2012
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    Clive George Guest

    If you bungee a baguette, doesn't it get squashed in the middle?
    Clive George, Sep 25, 2012
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