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Living Car Free Do you live car free or car light? Do you prefer to use alternative transportation (bicycles, walking, other human-powered or public transportation) for everyday activities whenever possible? Discuss your lifestyle here.

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Old 07-17-05, 03:37 PM   #1
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bring home the bread

I have a question, how can I bring home the bread, it keep getting crushed in my bag. any suggestions on how to prevent it from crushing my bread.
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Old 07-17-05, 04:42 PM   #2
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--Put it in its own plastic bag and hang it from your handlebars or rear rack separate from everything else.

--Get a grocery pannier or rack basket so you can fill it up and put the bread on top.

--Get a detachable front basket that the bread can ride in.

--If you are carrying stuff in a backpack or messenger bag, clip the bag with the bread in it to the outside.
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Old 07-17-05, 04:56 PM   #3
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I use primaryreality's first approach--dangle the bread in its own plastic bag from the bars. I do the same with cartons of eggs. They keep safe, aand are light enough that they don't affect steering. Of course, I do look like a dork, but I'm used to that!
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Well for long French bread I just put it at the top of my mesenger bag and fold the flap over it. For regular sliced bread I use a Coke (o rother soda) empty 12 pack box. The long kind they use now will let a loaf of wonderbread slide in snug. Then I put that in the bag. You can either cut it down to loaf length or use the extra space for other stuff.

I once padded a 12 pack box to carry a bottle of wine in. I also use a bigger shoe box (I have bigger feet) padded to carry a dozen eggs in my bag.
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Old 07-17-05, 07:14 PM   #5
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I carry it in its own bag and tie it to my backpack, so it hangs on the back of my backpack.

Smooshed bread sucks.

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I carry it in its own bag and tie it to my backpack, so it hangs on the back of my backpack.

Smooshed bread sucks.

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Primaryreality suggested this too. I'm going to try it. Sounds more dignified than dangling off the handlebars. And I really do need all the dignity I can get!
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Get some heavy duty bread. That stuff is dense. It's more nutritious too.

http://brownberry.gwbakeries.com/pro...upc/7341001745
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Get some heavy duty bread. That stuff is dense. It's more nutritious too.
...

Yeah, I had no idea why everyone was talking about "squished" bread. Then it dawned on me that they were talking about ...



...and I was thinking about...

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I usually pack it last, so it ends up being on the top of everything else. Of course I have a short trip to the grocery store, maybe that helps too?
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Get yourself one of these: http://www.drleonards.com/detail.cfm...ne&StartRow=17

or these

http://froogle.google.com/froogle?q=bread+keeper
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Those are pretty cool boxes. I had looked for something like that in the past with no luck. I guess my empty Coke 12 pack box is the ghetto version of that.

I'm going to have to get one of those. . .thanks.
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Buy the raw materials and bake it at home!

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noisebeam that is a great idea.
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I'm glad you think so. I thought my suggestion could be taken the wrong way, but glad it wasn't. Baking bread is great if you have the time or have a machine. I did regularly for about a year the 'traditional way' and my mom found out and bought me a bread machine about 3yrs. ago. I still use it regulary about 3x per month - maybe not as good texture or looks as hand kneeded and risen bread (but better than store bought), but so simple and less time consuming/messy so I prefer it. If you get in the habit of making bread, then perhaps a bread machine will be a tool you will use regulary instead of putting in the cabiniet and forgetting about like many people do.

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After seeing the picture of the heavy loafs, and reading noisebeam's comment...

I might just have to look into that... If I can make a good "campagnar" style bresd it will last me two weeks... And make yummy sandwiches...
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I get that German bread that's like a dark brick with grains in it, it's good!

I had some salad greens I didn't want to get squished though, so I tied it so the bag it was in hung off the bottom of the messenger bag, worked great.

Carrying stuff hanging from the handlebars is a last resort, but it does work too. And some handlebar baskets attach/detach easily so you can put one on for the grocery run.
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Old 07-18-05, 07:27 PM   #17
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Shoebox?
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I'm glad you think so. I thought my suggestion could be taken the wrong way, but glad it wasn't. Baking bread is great if you have the time or have a machine. I did regularly for about a year the 'traditional way' and my mom found out and bought me a bread machine about 3yrs. ago. I still use it regulary about 3x per month - maybe not as good texture or looks as hand kneeded and risen bread (but better than store bought), but so simple and less time consuming/messy so I prefer it. If you get in the habit of making bread, then perhaps a bread machine will be a tool you will use regulary instead of putting in the cabiniet and forgetting about like many people do.

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I switched to homemade bread when I went carfree, not because I couldnt get it home un-smushed, but because the ingredients carry better and are cheaper in bulk

much easier to carry 5lb bags of wheat flour,yeast packets,salt, and honey

I make wheat bread the old fashioned way once or twice a week, its become a habit, and it blows the store bought stuff away.
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