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Old 07-05-14, 10:15 PM   #1
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Today i caried something from a store....

Yea so what you might say.

But this thing was a cake fpr someone's birthday, and it arrived pristine and perfect like it was sitting on a shelf the entire time.

I used one of my sturdy old style milk crates, sat it on the bottom, cups and plates on top of the container (plastic).

The crate was partly bungee (rubber/hook) on and partly tied on to rack, to let it have some give over bumps vs strapped rigidly to rack.

I do not have any photos, as i was in a huge hurry, but i felt like sharing this small victory with you all. I am really amazed that it was so unaffected, and it took all of my object avoiding skill to dodge all the bumps along the ~1.5 mile route, but that felt good too.

Please feel free to share similar experiences.

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Old 07-06-14, 08:04 AM   #2
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Whenever I carry fragile food items such as eggs and bananas I try to be a little more careful on how I ride. Carrying a birthday cake sounds like a challenge, those things are so soft and fragile...One time few years ago I was carrying few cans of beer packed against one another in my rear trunk bag. The trunk bag was old and the fabric was worn out in some places and padding was very thin. Two of the cans rubbed against one another and also rubbed against the rack rails while I was riding. Next thing I see was beer all over my rear wheel and frame.
My bike smelled like beer.
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It's only when carrying a load like this do you realize how bumpy most roads are.
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How tall a cake?
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I used to do shopping trips with nothing to carry groceries but a Camelbak with a carabiner on it. Just clip all the plastic grocery bags into that. The whole thing would swing behind you when you turned, or whenever it felt like it. Handling was terrible. But the eggs always survived.
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How tall a cake?
Just a single layer marble cake. The other large ones were flavor themed (lemon etc) and not "birthday" decorated, or I'd have grabbed one of those instead.

I probably could have done a 3 layer cake, but then I'd have no room for anything else in the crate.

And yea, roads are extremely imperfect.

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I hate when I ride home from the sushi store. I put the sushi (and udon soup for me) in my son's seat which has great suspension. Hamax

It is barely 1 km and it is so bumpy and jarring when I am trying not to crush cheap Styrofoam and spill brother. I have to go so slow and cautious.

So props to you on the birthday cake! And I hope it was a nice party.

I am excited to say I have the optimal speed bump speed with my son as to not crush him over them.
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I hate when I ride home from the sushi store. I put the sushi (and udon soup for me) in my son's seat which has great suspension. Hamax

It is barely 1 km and it is so bumpy and jarring when I am trying not to crush cheap Styrofoam and spill brother. I have to go so slow and cautious.
Suspension can be your enemy sometimes. Your trading fast, jerky motions for big smooth ones. The soup would probably be safer if it wasn't flying around on a suspension system.

My personal vehicle has a jarring ride down forest roads. My work vehicle has a lot better suspension. But only my work vehicle has managed to throw me so far that my head smacked into the ceiling. Suspension did that.
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