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  •  Can you say more about grocery panniers? (3+ / 0-)
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    A Siegel, BYw, pHunbalanced

    (as in what are good ones, how much can you reasonably transport before you're hauling too much weight, that sort of thing?)
    The grocery-bike trip has intimidated me -- I'm trying to be braver about it, and equipment for transporting groceries is one of my hang-ups.

    "On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps...of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again."

    by middleagedhousewife on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 10:24:22 AM PDT

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    •  I got a couple of bags (5+ / 0-)

      that hook onto my rear rack. I got them from a guy on eBay who was selling them for 20.00 less than what shows here.

      The only odd thing is that they aren't mirror images - that is, there isn't a left and a right one, one of them looks like it's going backwards, but I think only I notice that. Btw.. that eBay dude still has a couple of them left.

      I can fit a LOT of stuff into them. Yesterday's shopping trip was the heaviest load so far, and though the bike seemed slightly tippy at a standstill, once I got rolling it was fine.

      There are lots of different styles of shopping panniers out there - Google will turn them up. You can also use wire baskets for the rear that accommodate your average filled up grocery bag. Carrying a load on the back in the pannier position lowers your center of gravity, making for a safer haul.

      Hope you can find something that suits you.

    •  For me ... (1+ / 0-)
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      middleagedhousewife

      I use an open bike pannier that is designed to hold a grocery back on one side and one of my closed panniers on the other.  My biggest problem: when I don't make sure everything can fit in them before I make the purchase.  

      The basic pannier for grocery bags really isn't too expensive. And, well, it doesn't allow you to put in enough (unless you fill it solely with liquids) to make the biking really tough.

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      by A Siegel on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 11:32:02 AM PDT

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