For the past two years I have rode my bikes for my groceries about 15 miles round trip. I am committing to at least two other rides during the week usually fitness rides. The hilly terrain where 5 consecutive hills I just realized is not so bad and you get used to them. THe panniers are an excellent source of carrier and there is no other way to carry groceries as far as I am concerned. It has not been a solo ride as my boyfriend has accompanied me and much appreciated. The only downer is the cold and rainy weather. The rainy weather I am used too but the cold and rain can be unbearable thankfully there are not too many of these. I use public transit for those other days. Breathing a sye of fresh air!