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Old 09-04-13, 11:47 AM   #1
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Me and the folder go shopping.

I have been out every day so far and the trips get longer as I improve my fitness level. I am having a blast on this bike. Some days I take two and three trips, but not in the afternoon yet until the temperature goes down. Its still summer heat.

I decided, this morning, to go out and do some grocery shopping. Gotta love a folding bike. 15 seconds and the bike is in the cart and off I go around the store. I couldn't believe the amount of interest shown. One guy just simply said "Awesome". Some individuals haven't heard of folding bikes and after seeing what you can do with them, they were hooked. I believe I won over new converts. I told many that it beats locking a bike outside and then finding out later that someone has gone off with it. This way the bike is with you all the time. I was able to get a number of items that fit nicely in my new panniers with room to spare. Unfortunately I broke a zipper, so my wife who has a great talent with sowing will fix it up later.

I wish I had known about folding bikes years ago -- but, better late than never.

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Old 09-04-13, 11:59 AM   #2
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I have wheeled my Brompton a few times inside a grocery store.
With my front bag attached; I can rest the store's shopping
basket on top.
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I have wheeled my Brompton a few times inside a grocery store.
With my front bag attached; I can rest the store's shopping
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I wasn't aware that a store would allow that.
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I wasn't aware that a store would allow that.
Here's a blog entry about a guy using his Brompton as his shopping cart at Whole Paycheck (err... I mean Whole Foods).
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I find often the folder is great at picking up small items also. Often items such as small parcels or diy bits that I need to go in to city centre are so much easier if you can hop from shop to shop. With a folder you have your transport with you for each hop and their is no need to return to a central point.
I find my birdie works surprising well, when I used it this way recently ,desipte my best judgement that it wouldn't. it is difficult to stand up, chain may come off, does not have panniers etc,does not wheel when folded.
The light weight and ease of holding through front triangle work better than I imagined. I use a bumbag for this type of items ,and sometimes hang a bag from the seat using a carribeana if I find I need more ullage unexpectedly.

I usually ultilise the mezzoS or brommie dedicated systems for shopping if I need more capacity.
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Loved the blog. Thanks for providing it. I live about 1 1/2 to 2 miles from two grocery stores in opposite directions, so I can, and I am starting to do the very same thing now. Only for me, I have to place my FB in the stores shopping cart as it doesn't have that wonderful feature of being able to be wheeled around like the Brompton.
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I wasn't aware that a store would allow that.
I often take my bike into the store with me. Here is a short list of bike friendly stores:

Smart & Final
Home Depot
Sprouts
Five Guys
Verve Coffee
Trader Joe's
Chase Bank
Joanne Fabrics
BuyLow Supermarket

I have been thrown out of these stores:

Food 4 Less
Santa Cruz Coffee Roasters
Wholesome Choice

I never ask if it's allowed. The proper question is "Do you want my business?" Because I can spend my money elsewhere.
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