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Old 03-28-08, 08:53 PM   #1
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What are you packing?



So we just came back from our first dinner/grocery run tonight. We stopped by Trader Joes and loaded up the panniers. I'm sure my load is amateur, so I was just curious- what is everyone else packin'?

Grace, who once balanced a case of 24 diet snapples on her moped.
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Old 03-28-08, 09:05 PM   #2
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man.. now I'm hungry

I'm usually (back)packin' :
laptop, mouse, cable
wallet, keys, cell phone
extra spare tube in addition to the one in my saddle pack

that's about it.
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Old 03-28-08, 09:07 PM   #3
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All that food on one bike. I'm gettin panniers!
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Old 03-28-08, 09:10 PM   #4
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My usually load: clothes, lunch (or empty lunch containers on the way home), coffee thermos, milk bottles to go with the coffee, lights, lock, some paperwork, tools, patchkit, pump, keys, wallet, change. And since a dog bit me today, I'm going to start carrying pepper spray, hopefully mounted on my commuter frame.

It all usually fits in my Chrome Metropolis bag (3000 cu inches). If I have a large load (groceries) I load up the Chariot double cougar.
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The most i've fit so far has been:
bag of chips
salsa
carton of soy milk
box of cereal.


This evening after work I stopped at the local sushi place and got a "to go" order. I told them I was biking so they double bagged the soup. I used the spring thingy on my rack to hold the box down. It was solid and I made it home without losing my dinner to the potholes!
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AN average bike grocery load for me is about half of the OP`s pic. Biggest load probably a little less than the pic. Milk jugs give me a lot of trouble with my flat racks and gym bag method. Anybody have a suggestion for easily carrying a half gallon or gallon of milk? I could just get a bigger gym bag, but I`m kinda leaning towards some slick milk-jug specific DIY creation.
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So we just came back from our first dinner/grocery run tonight. We stopped by Trader Joes and loaded up the panniers. I'm sure my load is amateur, so I was just curious- what is everyone else packin'?

Grace, who once balanced a case of 24 diet snapples on her moped.
what are the kids going to eat?

I missed the balancing part of your post, so here's mine.

My personal best balancing act was riding the hampden neighborhood in baltimore, on a fixie, carrying 2 pizzas over my head, waiter style, with an open and 1/2 full can of Mtn Dew just resting on top. I didn't spill anything.
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Powdered milk . . .
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great pic!

that's a good haul!

I'm usually a one or two bag grocery guy. There are times I really load up the bags and it can be amazing when I get home and realize I carried all that on my bike.

I'll snap a pic next time I do a good grocery run.
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All that food on one bike. I'm gettin panniers!
You need a Trike!

No fussing with propping against a wall or kickstand. Just load and go!

For those who can't see that is two 24 packs of Coke Zero, 2 loves of bread, a Cooler with lunch meat and 2 steaks, and two bags of sundry groceries whose specifics escape me at the momment.
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Old 03-28-08, 10:59 PM   #11
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Panniers are a great way to go. My largest haul was 2kg oranges, 2kg apples, 2L milk, bread, 12 eggs, pasta, a pineapple, nutella (yum!), 2 bottles of wine and a fish! I remember it quite well, it was the first time I proved to myself I didn't actually need a car.
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Old 03-29-08, 12:56 AM   #12
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I have a Wald paperboy rack. Boy, can I stuff that thing! I could fit 2 gallons of milk on each side, and then more stuff on top. Then pizzas on the flat part. The best part is that it will slide right over a Blackburn Mountain rack, and slide right off again. Sorry, no pics handy...

What I usually carry depends on where I'm going. I have a saddlebag/briefcase for work, and a backpack/messenger bag for school, probably 5-10 lbs. worth of what-have-you in either at any given time, plus the usual array of bike tools in the seat bag.
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Old 03-29-08, 06:06 AM   #14
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I actually did better on my most recent trip, but didn't take any pictures (had a big package of toilet paper on top of the rack, along with 2 full panniers on my most recent run )
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You'll find bigger loads down in Utility cycling.

I tend to stop at 40-45lbs if I'm riding, since my bike doesn't like more and will pretend it's riding on ice if I try. I usually don't balance bit stuff on the back, since then I'd have a hard time getting on the bike *sigh*. The perils of being short I guess.

Walking, I can fit about 50lbs in my backpack. Madison has lots of people who bring their own bags, but the checkout clerks will still get big eyes and ask if it will all fit. Yup, and I can walk with it too!
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My biggest actual load was probably about 130 pounds of stuff. This included a 35LB box of cat litter strapped to the top of the rack, a few 12 packs of cola and a 1 gallon jug of punch in a duffel bag on my back, and both Banjo Bros. Saddlebag panniers crammed with groceries. I didn't think to get photos, but we'll say I had to park my bike at the bottom of the stairs and make three more trips to get everything upstairs.

Get off bike, un-bungee the box of cat litter, decide my duffel bag plus cat litter would be too much, go upstairs, drop off duffel bag.

Go down, get cat litter, go back up.

Go down, take the saddlebags off, lug them over my shoulders back upstairs

Go down, rescue my poor bike, go back upstairs.
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I hope you thought to pack the kid and the avocados in separate panniers.

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what are the kids going to eat?
Ummm...the food that's there in the picture?
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My best haul was a 35# sack of dog food draped over the rear rack with a couple 12 packs of soda strapped to the top, and a bag of groceries on the front rack. I'm working on upping that capacity by a whole bunch by getting a Burley Nomad to do all my errands and grocery shopping.
The best I've seen was a busker here in Redmond who hauls his full drum kit (and blue tarp canopy with PVC support poles) and the rest of his belongings around on a trailer behind his bike.
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The best I've seen was a busker here in Redmond who hauls his full drum kit (and blue tarp canopy with PVC support poles) and the rest of his belongings around on a trailer behind his bike.
I'm hard pressed to get my whole kit in the car, let alone on a bike trailer.
Maybe someday I'll attempt it on an Xtracycle.
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50# bag of deer corn 1½mi back to my tree stand on the Mt bike through the woods. Haven't quite figured out how to strap a deer on yet.
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I don't have a photo of everything by itself, but this is a week's worth of groceries for my brother and I:



Sorry for the horrible cell-phone picture. I don't remember exactly what all is in there, but I can tell you that it includes two gallons of milk, a gallon of orange juice, toilet paper, at least 8 cans of soup and/or vegetables, cereal, and other odds and ends. Plus the soft drinks and crackers you see on the rack.
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*cough* Amateurs *cough cough*

Except for ax0n 130#'s?! Holy moly.

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