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Old 06-29-11, 11:09 AM
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Depends on your needs and how you shop. Do you shop more often and in smaller quantities or do you need/want to hit costco with your bike?

Me I use an old nishiki (much upgraded) with rear rack and wald folding baskets and of course some bungees.
this meets my needs..... from grocery getting (two large reusable grocery bags worth, one in each basket, plus what ever else (beer?) cargonetted and bungeed on top to the occasional 50 lb bag of composte from the local Ace. Huge loads I use the car.

I don't haul kids (he has more bikes than I do)

So there is no one solution.... perhaps you can start with what you have, maybe adding racks/bag/baskets if you don't have them and see how it works out and then base next step on more load carrying experience.
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