I've been dependent on the good graces of a buddy these past few years for (bi-)weekly trips to the grocery store and farmers' market, preferring to ride my bicycle for sport, rather than transport. That's changed, and today I finally "bit the bullet", plunking down my money for a Pletscher Clem Rack, with Pannier Rails. My plan is to make more frequent trips to those venues -- which are conveniently located and easily incorporated into the final few miles of my regular 20-mile ride -- in order to purchase-and-schlepp less on each trip.
Part of my deliberations concerns not only which grocery bag panniers to purchase, but also how many of them to buy, initially. Hence, my use of the word "Strategies" in the thread title. Although I seem (for the time being) to have settled on two models by one manufacturer: Banjo Brothers' Canvas Grocery Bag and their Grocery Bag Pannier, I'm concerned about which one would be a better fit for me than the other.
Both models have the same dimensions: The Grocery Bag Pannier measures 13″ L x 8″ W x 11.5″ H, while the Canvas Grocery Bag Pannier measures the same 13″L x 8″W x 11.5″H; but the first is constructed of canvas, while the second is made from ripstop and ballistic nylon. Mounting hardware seems to be identical, as is its use (see instructions).
A third grocery bag pannier -- the Novara 'Round Town -- is also a contender (and received favorable reviews on these pages, several years ago). It's dimensions are almost identical -- 13"L x 8"W x 11"H; made from coated nylon, with plastic and aluminum reinforcement. This pannier uses the Rixen and Kaul Twist-clip mounting system, but the vendor's website (REI) lacks sufficient information about it. It's on sale, for $24 each, and I really like the high-visibility cobalt-blue model.
Given that my two food-shopping venues are within one mile of each other, along a major thoroughfare with an acceptable bike lane, I'm wondering if I might not be better-off purchasing a single grocery-bag pannier and become a better planner for each trip. If I choose to do things in that fashion, are there any feelings among our BF Utility Forum members -- especially strongly-held ones -- with regard to single vs double panniers? and, if only a single pannier is to be used, is there a real-world preference for mounting it on the rack's drive-side, or non-drive-side? and why?
I'm open to and desirous of your thoughts, opinions, and suggestions. I'm especially interested in any information/experiences about using any of these panniers with the Pletscher Clem rack and pannier rails.