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Old 09-09-16, 05:42 PM
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Carrying Eggs Home?

Anyone do grocery shopping on their bikes? Do you carry eggs home in your panniers? What's the best way to not make a huge mess?
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How about this?

https://www.rei.com/product/815420/c...FZGLaQodZ_kDmA
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My older Trans-It panniers are prismatic in shape and hold 12x egg cartons very, very well. I've taken six dozen in them. Hey, they were on sale, and with three growing boys, they do like their eggs.
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I've always put them at the top of my panniers in regular cartons and then bike slowly, avoiding bumps. Fingers crossed, but no messes yet. Maybe I've just been lucky the few times I've done it though.

That looks handy from REI as well.
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I put mine in the very top of one of my Ortliebs.
Back Roller Classics you can latch w/o rolling for more grocery room on a short run.
Also have 2 Ortlieb Shoppers that zip seal lock. More room at the top of the bag. Can zip closed or not.
Works for me...
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I shop in small lots carrying stuff home in a messenger bag. This protects the food, including fragile stuff like eggs and tomatoes from the shock and vibration of the bike.

If I were doing big lot shopping using rear panniers, I'd still use the messenger bag for the eggs other fragile stuff.
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On many occasions I put a rubber band around the egg carton(s) and carried them home in my messenger bag. No cracked eggs yet.
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I did this just this week. I put the carton in it's own plastic bag, wrapped a bungee around it and placed it vertically in my laptop backpack with a bunch of bananas. Both the bananas and eggs made it home safely.
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I've found that the containers in which the eggs come (either cardboard or styrofoam) are quite effective in protecting the eggs. I do keep the egg carton toward the top of the pannier (i.e. no big cans on top of them), but don't take any special precautions and haven't found any eggs to be broken.
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Nashbar Townie grocery panniers. Or similar models from other makers -- there are slight variations in design but all cost about the same, around $25-$40 each, and work best in pairs.

A carton of 18 eggs fits perfectly flat in the bottom. I could probably tote eight or 10 of those 18-count cartons in my pair of panniers and not break any. The design absorbs shocks. The bottom has a semi-rigid/sorta-floppy plastic stiffener, and the fold out design helps.

Usually I'll add softer stuff like bread, some produce, etc., to the pannier with the eggs. Packing to cushion and minimize movement helps. Same trick skilled grocery baggers knew years ago when paper sacks were common. Grocery clerks lost the knack with plastic bags. I have to repack everything when I get to the bike.

Very handy doodads. They fold flat and don't weigh too much. Often I'll leave 'em on the errand bike just in case I decide to stop for a few groceries after a casual ride.
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Seems they've already come by truck over untold miles, probably stacked floor-to-ceiling. I would think bumps in the road, especially for the eggs over the rear truck axle would be as bad or worse than anything your bike could dish out...
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I have dual Wald folding baskets on my bike. I just drop a standard grocery bag in each when I go shopping. Haven't ever had a problem. I don't bunny-hop over curbs, but I'm too old to do that sort of thing anyway.
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Not sure what this has to do with bike commuting unless you are a chicken farmer or are carrying uncooked eggs to work. Isn't there a utility biking sub forum?
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I have, and not had any trouble. Just make sure they're not getting squeezed and don't have something heavy bouncing on top of them, they'll be fine.The cartons they come in are designed to protect them pretty well.
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I have a large Wald non-folding basket attached to my rack, and eggs are just fine. I'm conscious of my cargo, and take bumps gently.
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I've carried eggs in the top of grocery bags in our bakfiets as well as in Clarijs panniers. I think only one broken. Our bakfiets, omafiets, and opafiets do have larger tires though which provides considerable extra cushion.
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Not sure what this has to do with bike commuting unless you are a chicken farmer or are carrying uncooked eggs to work. Isn't there a utility biking sub forum?
Simple, many people stop at a grocery store on the way home from work, why not combine a commute with an errand?

My eggs (in cartons) go in to my panniers on top of almost all of the items but below the potato chips.
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Simple, many people stop at a grocery store on the way home from work, why not combine a commute with an errand?
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Many if not most commuters will combine small shopping or other errands on the way home. I normally carry a small musette bag, modified with a third tie like a messenger bag, rolled up and tied under the saddle to use for small shopping loads.

I've also used a measured length of rope tied into a loop which I can twist into a figure 8 to use the way we used to carry spare tubulars on the shoulders. I then can tie a doubled plastic grocery bag to make an improvised backpack.

So with a bit of creativity one can provide a means of shopping without any penalty when carrying empty.
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Ditto. I almost always carry a hobo bag, made of strong but lightweight fabric -- about like double layers of strong muslin sheets -- that rolls up small but unfurls to large capacity. Perfect for carrying a few groceries, or bread and bags of chips after the panniers are filled. At the moment I've removed the racks from one bike I plan to ride tonight, so I'll roll up the hobo bag and stuff it in a jersey pocket or under the saddle.
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Some people stop at a bar on the way home from work, but it really has nothing to do with bike commuting. Carry on, egg carriers!
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Some people stop at a bar on the way home from work, but it really has nothing to do with bike commuting. Carry on, egg carriers!
First the groceries, THEN the bar, then home.
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I buy the ones that come in the old-fashioned cardboard containers, as the styrofoam ones are very difficult to recycle and harm the environment. If you first wrap each egg in newspaper, they'll get home without a crack.

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Originally Posted by RFEngineer View Post
Anyone do grocery shopping on their bikes? Do you carry eggs home in your panniers? What's the best way to not make a huge mess?
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Put the eggs on top of the bread... even if it breaks, you can still make french toast.
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