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Old 07-23-09, 08:10 PM
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How many Groceries can you carry? Show your goods

Just wondering how many groceries some of you carry on any given day? Below you can find my latest arrivals

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Old 07-24-09, 12:21 AM
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Ok, I have to ask - what are those saddlebags? What name/company/etc?
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Old 07-24-09, 08:00 AM
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Many years ago when I lived in a small town I would ride for groceries on my MTB. I'd fill two panniers, strap a half a case of beverages to the top of the rack and then add a couple of bags hanging off of the handlebars. Bike felt like a tank on the way home.
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Old 07-24-09, 09:29 AM
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I ventured out this morning for a few groceries and took some pictures I love my Axiom panniers but the snap closure really sucks. I need to figure out something else to keep them closed when I'm biking.

4 bags of groceries


Serenity all loaded up




Inside





The plastic bags were brought from home and reused

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Old 07-24-09, 10:11 AM
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What a co-inki-dink! I'm just about to go shopping at my new favourite Asian grocery store.
The last time I mentioned the store, I forgot to say that they actually let me bring my bike inside.
It's a big plus to not have to take everything off the bike and lock it, but I've done it a couple of million times, so I have it down to a systematic art.


I'll be back...
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Big family? That's a lot of bananas to buy at once.
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Old 07-24-09, 10:50 AM
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it really comes down to whatever you can fit into 2 panniers, or if you are really daring, 2 panniers + a bucket on the rear, and if equipped + front panniers.

that would be an awesome mule of a ride

but i still think that is nothing compared to these people








or like the bike taxis in Cuba
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Old 07-24-09, 10:51 AM
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but i still think that is nothing compared to these people
no groceries in those pictures
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Not a lot. My Maddens are pretty small, maybe 1500 cubic inches total. If I overload the hand-basket, it may not all fit, but that's what jersey pockets are for
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Originally Posted by JeffS View Post
no groceries in those pictures
No, just consumable goods.

When I was in China several years ago the things that impressed me were the bikes that carried 5 five gallon water bottles... or the bikes with the 5 large propane cans... I'd see these all over the place.
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this thread would also fit nicely in the utility forum..... No pics, but I use the wald folding baskets and a cargo net thing...so I easly put 2 big grocery bags in the baskest and use the rack for bigger things...... like fat tire ale
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There's no food in the rackbag; just repair kit, cable lock, raincoat etc.
I could have expanded the carrying capacity of the panniers to hold everything, but it took less time to just use the mini backpack.



There's a few Asian delights that you can't see, but I'm not going to take everything out of the fridge for another pic.

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Full 4gal bucket panniers
17# sack of dog chow
30 rolls of TP

This is now a "medium" sized run, since I put the Wald 157-GB on the front and can fit an additional 3 large paper sacks of stuff up front.


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Originally Posted by supramax View Post
There's no food in the rackbag; just repair kit, cable lock, raincoat etc.
I could have expanded the carrying capacity of the panniers to hold everything, but it took less time to just use the mini backpack.



There's a few Asian delights that you can't see, but I'm not going to take everything out of the fridge for another pic.


So whats for supper?? I love Asian food (being 1/2 Thai helps Unfortunately the best Asian store here is at West Edmonton Mall that and if I biked and parked there I might as well just hand my bike over to the first person that glances at it

What panniers do you have? I'm going pannier shopping later today
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
Full 4gal bucket panniers
17# sack of dog chow
30 rolls of TP

This is now a "medium" sized run, since I put the Wald 157-GB on the front and can fit an additional 3 large paper sacks of stuff up front.


That IS impressive I need to start carrying more bungee cords with me
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Originally Posted by terraskye View Post
So whats for supper?? I love Asian food (being 1/2 Thai helps Unfortunately the best Asian store here is at West Edmonton Mall that and if I biked and parked there I might as well just hand my bike over to the first person that glances at it

What panniers do you have? I'm going pannier shopping later today
They're the Louis Garneau 'Alpha 26'. https://www.louisgarneau.com/catalogs...=ENG&website=1

There are also Beta 46.


Salad (I have more ingredients than what I bought today) and something else to be determined.
A red pepper curry sounds good at the moment.
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Old 07-24-09, 01:23 PM
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My grocery store is in traffic hell, so I cannot bike there.
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No pics, but I recently got a pair of Sunlite Grocery Getter panniers. I did manage to get 5 two liter bottles of seltzer, a box of soap and a weeks groceries home in them.

The best part is that the Kroger security guards don't hassle me about them like they did my backpack, even though they can carry much more.
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I am moving soon, so I can't get on this thread with grocery getting pics. We have to eat what we have and give away what we can't eat. I have panniers front and rear and I love to load it down. Bunjie cords are great, but a motorcycle spider net is essential.
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A lot, but I cheat

As my "handle" would imply, I live in the SF Bay Area and have to climb steep hills. On cool days (many) I commute on a conventional bike, but on hot days I ride my EZEE Sprint 7 - an electric-assist "comfort bike" -, and I arrive at work sweat-free (no showers, clothes change or coworker complaints). I also use that contraption for shopping trips and I haven't found the limit as to groceries. 2 folding shopping panniers hold the groceries, and they take not just volume (1 full-size paper shopping bag each with room left over for smaller bags), but weight as well: Six-packs in heavy bottles? No problem. I have to peddle up the hills to augment the motor, of course, but I never have to walk the bike with the full load, and the exercise remains sweat-free. Nothing like an electric bike for shopping. If you weigh 275 pounds and carry the heavy cargo, well, yes, that might overwhelm the thing.
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Originally Posted by PaulRivers View Post
Ok, I have to ask - what are those saddlebags? What name/company/etc?
Sorry for the long delay. The bags in question are called VOYAGER: RADICAL ...i don't website for them or where to get them. I picked them up at a salvage centre.
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
Full 4gal bucket panniers
17# sack of dog chow
30 rolls of TP

This is now a "medium" sized run, since I put the Wald 157-GB on the front and can fit an additional 3 large paper sacks of stuff up front.



Are those plastic panniers from cat food or cat litter? They are awesome!
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My wife brings home two weeks of food for four people per trip. Somewhere around 150lbs on average. She uses a kiddy trailer. She was the talk of the store for the first couple of trips. Yes, she's a mad woman.
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