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Old 06-18-08, 03:49 PM   #1
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Let's see your "grocery run" pics!

I apologize if a similar thread to this is already running, but I could not find it if it exists.

Don't wanna see anything other than grocery runs, using baskets, panniers, trailers, long bikes whatever! Strut your stuff!

I'll start, small load paper towels, soda, chips and mail. I'm guessing, 4 mile round trip.

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Old 06-18-08, 06:23 PM   #2
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This was many months ago, but it's a week's worth of groceries for my brother and I.



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Here is a mock up of mine...I had already made the grocery run, put the groceries away then remembered I needed a picture. I can get a solid weeks worth of groceries just the way it sits.

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My estimate is that this was about 100lbs / 45kg particularly due to the case of mineral water. I was buing burgers and stuff for my daughter's birthday party so i was loading up on a lot of food.

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Mmmmmmmmm....sundrop!
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Wait, where are you from? Sun Drop is generally a TN-only thing!
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I live in Northeast Missouri

Yeah I know, it's strange how SunDrop is only in random pockets of the country. But I'm glad we have it here too!
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It's good to know that Northeast Missouri is a place I could potentially move to in the future.
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I apologize if a similar thread to this is already running, but I could not find it if it exists.

Don't wanna see anything other than grocery runs, using baskets, panniers, trailers, long bikes whatever! Strut your stuff!
One load is taking the deposit cans to the grocery store.
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Not to flame...but are you buying bottled water?

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* sigh *

I did. I did...

...since this was taken, I'm mending my evil ways and taking our emergency supply to larger containers and not plastic singles.

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* sigh *

I did. I did...

...since this was taken, I'm mending my evil ways and taking our emergency supply to larger containers and not plastic singles.

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Didn't consider the emergency supply side of the equation...I store mine in 5 gallon jugs For emergency use I have less of an issue with it vs the normal daily consumption.

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Sweet pic.

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Trip to the Dollar Store today, picked up a few needed misc items. Roughly 4mi round trip.


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I need a 10' piece of plastic rain gutter for the house. Home Depot is roughly a 10 mile ride one way. I want to figure a way to strap it on the above pictured bike, while still allowing me to shop at the Supermarket across the street.
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^^^
It'll be floppy.
If you can cut it in half and get a connector piece, or buy two shorter lengths it will be much easier to deal with.
Nesting the two lengths together will make them more stiff too.
Our local home center has plastic wrap at the contractor's entrance, it's great for securing weird loads.
Using the underside of your saddle as a brace (example) helps with long loads.
If you can't cut it, buy a cheep stud <--that means 2x4, quit snickering and rest the gutter upside down on top of it. Mount it stop it like the ladder in the above example. It'll be stiff and strong enough quit snickering to keep the gutter from dragging the ground.

You will also need a red flag attached to the end of the gutter. Any load hanging more than three feet off of your vehicle, bicycle included*, has to have a red flag to alert other traffic.

*Got stopped before and let off with a warning.

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I think I'll see if I can get them to cut it in half. Hope they have a bag big enough to slide it into. *ahem*
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I picked up a back-up bike today after being told it will take 3 weeks for my new BB to arrive. Its my first wal-mart bike but being it is fairly simple, it works.








Best $120 I have spent. I only picked up a weeks worth of "upkeep" groceries...but I also swung by Academy and got some cycling shorts and a mirror.

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Just posted with some additional details in "The Thing" thread.


I also make occasion runs in the Low Gravity bike (now christened Thing 2) and shall post a pic of that next time I have a chance.
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