A lighter alternative are grocery panniers, they're just an open top bag that hooks onto a proper frame rack. You can usually get them for like $40 or $50 for the set, and they come off easily when you don't want them on there.
I'm a consistent critic of UTW because I think they can't sew straight, and the fact that they want $45, even in canadollars, for that thing is kind of absurd. I'm not sure you wanted to, but you're not ever going to be able to carry it with the baskets full, pad or no, the balance is just all wrong.
Boston is an awful town for groceries unless you live near a trader joes and a good local produce market. Car-free living there felt like a cruel joke.
Last edited by Landgolier; 08-11-07 at 12:25 AM.