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Old 09-22-05, 08:23 PM   #1
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Transporting fragile stuff--specifically eggs!

Okay, so this probably seems like a pretty stupid question, but I'm having one hell of a time getting eggs home from the grocery store! The store is only about 5 miles away, and most of it is over perfectly smooth roads. However there's one quarter mile stretch where there are so many pot holes that it looks like some demented asphalt-munching squirrel got at the street or something. There's no way to avoid them all, and while I can dodge most of them there's at least four or five really big jolts no matter what I do.

I have an egg crate strapped to my rack (my setup is cheapus maximus ) and while this functions great for the rest of my groceries, my poor eggs just die when I hit the holes. I've tried wrapping them in soft things, but they still rattle around in the carton, hit each other, etc. I've also tried putting them in a backpack, but that turns out about the same.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Or shall I just resign myself to saccrificing my eggs to the gods of crummy streets forever?
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Old 09-22-05, 10:17 PM   #2
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I have one of those string shopping bags, and I put the eggs into it--and sometimes tomatoes or fruit or other fragile stuff--and hang it from one of my handlebar ends. The eggs swing gently in the air and arrive home safely every time.

Just a regular plastic store bag will work too, although I think the string bag is better because it has a bit more elasticity to it. I use a fairly small one, because the big ones will stretch too much and hang too low. I'm talking about ones like these.
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Old 09-22-05, 11:28 PM   #3
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Put the eggs only in a backpack. Your butt can be the shock absorber.

And I LOVE the line about demented asphalt munching squirrels!
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Old 09-22-05, 11:44 PM   #4
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I wrap the egg carton with a towel and put them on the top of the pile. Haven't lost one yet.
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Stick the eggs in a messenger bag or backpack, or wrap 'em in a ton of bubble wrap.
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I have a handlebar bag for carrying very fragile object, I lined it with 1 inch thick foam. I carry several spare pieces of foam in it to act as separators if I carry more than one object, so they don't smash into each other on the way.
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I have always asked for a separate plastic bag for the eggs at the store. When I do grocery runs, I use a medium sized tupperware container that sits cross-wise across the rack so that the width is perpendicular to the rack. This allows for an overhang on both sides of the rack. I use bungee straps to secure the tub and other groceries first. Then I tie the handles of the egg bag to the bungees so that the eggs hang over the side(s). Works like a charm. Also works good for bread so it doesn't get squashed.
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Thanks for all the responses! I'm going to have to try some of these and see if they work. I'd try anything if it means I can open the egg crate without having to brace for attacking yellow ooze.

Thanks!
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ask for them to be separately bagged and just carry them on handlbars
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Old 09-23-05, 10:52 AM   #11
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This worked for me one time. It was October and I decided to ride across town to pick up eggs and a few other things because there was a sale. I rode there wearing a sweater, then wrapped the sweater around the eggs and put them in my dorky front basket for the ride back. I was "warmed up" from the ride to the store (uphill), so I wasn't too uncomfortable on the ride back.
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Puts eggs on top of pile in messenger bag OR in its own separate bag and tie that to the outside of the messenger bag.
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Another vote for towels. The more fluffy and gargantuan sized the better. Wrap 'em in several layers.
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bubble wrap.
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I was going to say that egg substitute stuff in a carton, but someone already mentioned it. (it's really not as good though, and doesn't cook the same...)
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