For his birthday, I would like to buy my dad a something for his bike that would allow him to carry a few groceries. He has expressed interest in using his bike to run errands around town, but he is not interested in buying a utility bike.
Currently he has been using a backpack to buy small items like produce, milk and bread. I'm hoping to get him something that can carry 10 - 15 lbs.
Given his carbon fiber seatpost, my options are limited:
I can find a rack that works with a CF seatpost (i.e. Topeak RX ), but reading reviews around here it sounds like it's still not safe and they're really expensive.
Another idea is to use a large saddlebag. Like the Carradice Barely Bag . It seems like people like these bags, but I'd like to get a perspective from the utility crowd.
I'd like to get rid of his carbon post and replace it with an aluminum post, but I'm not sure he'd agree.
Any other ideas? Anyone ever use Carradice Bags for groceries? Is it any safer to use a heavy saddle bag on a CF seatpost?