Big honkin' bag of packing peanuts!
I needed some packing peanuts today, bad. So, I rode over to the Office Depot a couple of miles away and got a big bag of the things, sheesh $20 but as mentioned, I needed the things since the neighbors have not been leaving enough good packing stuff in the dumpsters this week. So, how to get these home? I took my messenger bag with me, what I ended up doing is, I undid the twist tie on the bag opening, then divided the opening in two and tied as tight a square knot as I could around the little extra carry handle on the top of my messenger bag ($10 option on a custom timbuk2 and worth it). So, riding home, I looked like a giant ant! You know how they have that huge rear end? Well, that was me, except mine was transparent and full of packing peanuts. I had to do my best Eddy Merckx crouch to make sure the bag didn't rub on the rear tire, and got home no problemo - I think I provided an interesting sight to several peds and motorists. What's interesting is, I expected a fair amount of wind drag but even though it was a windy day, there was no perceptable wind drag.