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    taking your bike with you when shopping?

    What way do you carry your items while walking your bike in a store like walmart? I guess hold one of those hand baskets in one hand and walk your bike with your other hand.Switch off hands when getting something.

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    I leave my bike in the rack out side and take my back pack
    in the store, not sure they will let you take the bike in
    the store??

    They have video surveillance of the racks, I don't alway
    lock it up, but we live in an area that is safer than most
    I guess. The rack is by the door they take the carts in
    so there is normally someone there.

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    Lots of people ride to the shops here but you would never take your bike inside.
    Just lock it up outside and take your panniers off.
    I use the small, high trolleys that supermarkets provide for "single" shoppers rather than the family-sized usual trolleys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slipknot0129 View Post
    What way do you carry your items while walking your bike in a store like walmart? I guess hold one of those hand baskets in one hand and walk your bike with your other hand.Switch off hands when getting something.

    Is this some kind of joke, an attempt to be funny ........ or are you actually serious??

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    I lock mine up inside the Fred Meyers that I go to. It doesn't have a bike rack out front. So when I pointed that out to it's manager, he said well, why don't you just bring it inside. So I thanked him, brought it inside and have ever since . I don't lock it very well I must say, as they for sure have many security cameras inside. For those that think they do outside their store, well you may be surprised. You should ask not only if they do, but also if they are functional.

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    Lock mine up out front. I have seen one fellow in the DC area with a Brompton folder using it as a shopping cart, which I would consider doing if I had a Brommie.

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    If the store can accomodate shopping carts, I bring my bike in. I often balance the basket on my bars, unless I'm riding a bike with racks. Then I just use an open pannier for my goods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    Is this some kind of joke, an attempt to be funny ........ or are you actually serious??
    Im clumsy with this type of stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slipknot0129 View Post
    Im clumsy with this type of stuff.
    You're clumsy when it comes to locking a bicycle up outside the store??

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    Generally, you will find that shopping malls won't let bikes inside... you have to lock them outside, do your shopping, then be creative in how you load your shopping on to the bike. Usually, you can solve this with panniers on a rear rack, or with a basket attached to a rear rack.

    Sometimes, you might get away with riding with the supermarket's shopping bags in a hand on the handlebars, but you do need to be not clumsy and riding only short distances. The other extreme is a trailer that hitches on to the bike. If you get the right sort of design, you can easily convert it to a sort of shopping trolley (rather like a pram) that may be allowed into the shop so you can load your purchased items straight into it at the checkout.
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    One thing, I was asked, very nicely, to not take my
    back pack in the bank, Leave it on the bike.

    They have a sign, to remove hats and sun glasses
    before entering. Same at the schools.

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    I've rolled my bike+trailer into the Garden Section of Lowe's to pick up a tumbler composter. No problem. I tok the same bike into two auto parts stores on another day, sans trailer. The cluttered one in the bad part of town wasn't too happy about it, the nicer one on the main drag didn't mind me parking it just inside the door where there was plenty of space. I probably won't take a bike in any more stores, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    You're clumsy when it comes to locking a bicycle up outside the store??

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    In my area I can't think of a single store with a bike rack and most don't even have a convenient tree or sign post. As a result, I walk my bike into the stores. I've not had a single complaint from an employee; they don't even look twice.

    The only time anything was ever said was when I walked it into Target to the Customer Service center to return an item, then shop. The helpful gal said I could leave it in the CS center if I wished and she would keep an eye on it for me while I shopped.

    If they had racks I'd lock it outside, but since they don't I take it in.

    To answer the OP's question - I grab one of the store's handbaskets and wheel the bike with the other.

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    My local Fred Meyers still has not installed a solid bike rack as they said they would. I asked the manager yet again about it, then he suggested I submit a written request, which I've just done. Progress is sometimes very slow.

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    At our Wally-mart, there are always kids riding bikes in the store. Of course, they're new bikes from the sporting goods department and the parent(s) are nowhere to be found...
    There's always room for one more bike!

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    Used to take my bike shopping, but it would always pick up sh*t we didn't need and sneak it into our cart.

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    All the stores I go to around here have bike racks. I lock the bike and put my backpack in the child seat part of the shopping cart. I've never been asked to check my backpack until recently when I went to K-mart. The security guard near the front door told me I had to check it in at the customer service desk. I walked that direction, then when I was out of sight I turned right towards the electronics department. I was looking for headphones and I was already irritated that I had been to several stores trying to find them, so I was in no mood to spend any more time in there than necessary. And no, they didn't have the headphones either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttraininguphill View Post
    All the stores I go to around here have bike racks. I lock the bike and put my backpack in the child seat part of the shopping cart. I've never been asked to check my backpack until recently when I went to K-mart. The security guard near the front door told me I had to check it in at the customer service desk. I walked that direction, then when I was out of sight I turned right towards the electronics department. I was looking for headphones and I was already irritated that I had been to several stores trying to find them, so I was in no mood to spend any more time in there than necessary. And no, they didn't have the headphones either.
    Why do men have to check back packs while women are never asked to check their purse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Merkel View Post
    Why do men have to check back packs while women are never asked to check their purse?
    I am a woman. When I told this story to a friend of mine, he said the same thing you did. He also said I should have told the guard it was my purse

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    United Foods

    in the past, United Foods has said I could bring my bike inside although I never have done that. They have a nice solid post near the entrance that's easy to lock a bike up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Merkel View Post
    Why do men have to check back packs while women are never asked to check their purse?
    An old skinny security guard explained it to me some time in the '60s. I've never found a better answer. He said, "Women get away with a lot of s**t."
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    I've gone with the flow and adapted to using shopping panniers instead of a backpack. Not only do they carry twice as much, the security guards wave me through. Long as those are "shopping bags" I have, they don't care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    I used to when i had my Bianchi(one time)..then i got really paranoid that I'd come out of the store and my bike would be gone. I never parked it anywhere after that. It drove me nuts...so much so, i went out and got a cheap back up bike, that, if stolen, i wouldnt give a crap about. It got stoeln almost 3 weeks after i got it... Im glad it wasn't my Bianchi. I wouldnt recommend taking a good one out shopping, a nice backup, or a cheapy you've put together, should do the trick.

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    that must be a bad neighborhood. what kind of lock did you have?

    I was thinking about shopping with my bike. Except my idea is using a child bike trailer. I think it might work, unless you live in Baltimore

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