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Old 07-27-10, 05:36 AM
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How to take pizza home w/ normal racks?

I do everything by bike, but the other day I thought of getting a pizza and realized I didn't know how I'd get it home. My ride home ends with a 1.2-mile steep hill. Currently I have a rear rack on my bike; if it were easier to put a pizza box on a front rack, I could put one on. I'm sure this is possible without buying a porteur rack, though.
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Originally Posted by iain.dalton View Post
I'm sure this is possible without buying a porteur rack, though.
Yeah, it is. I just bungee it to my rear rack and go. One bungee each way does it.

I've also bungeed it to the top my trunk bag rather than go home and drop off the trunk bag first.

It's considerably less difficult than you're thinking it is.
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Yeah, other than being wasteful of resources, the pizza box is one of the greatest containers ever devised. It'll stand up to a lot of abuse and still protect its precious contents. If pizza box designers worked for bike accessory companies, this would be a happy world.
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I attached one side of a wire, storage cube to the back rack on my bike. It gives me more area to strap the pizza to, and a flat surface so the pizza doesn't slide at all.
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Old 07-27-10, 03:58 PM
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My pizzas seldom make it home...they get ate!

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There is also the option of delivery.
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Old 07-27-10, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Roody View Post
Yeah, other than being wasteful of resources, the pizza box is one of the greatest containers ever devised. It'll stand up to a lot of abuse and still protect its precious contents. If pizza box designers worked for bike accessory companies, this would be a happy world.
Yes...the pizza box is typically much heavier container than most good packaging. But because of the grease that gets into it, in my city, you can't recycle it.

Tonight I thought about picking up some Papa Murphy's ... an outfit where you buy the pizza and bake it yourself. They don't provide a box, just a paper tray with some plastic wrap. Much less gets into the non-recycle bin.

Problem with Papa Murphy's is that without a sturdy box, you can't bungee it to your rack, as tsl suggests. I'm not even sure I could fit it in my kiddie trailer.

So tonight I skipped pizza and bought some Chinese (which was easily to move in my trailer, but still is a big addition to the non-recyclable container.
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Can't really speak to hauling pizza box issue but I often bring my own glass containers to pick things up in. They are sturdy and reduce waste. Good option for stuff like Chinese food (also more spill-resistant than plastic containers).

Also, I haul smaller take-and-bake pizzas that don't have a box. I just put them in my large messenger bag and it's not an issue.
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Old 07-28-10, 01:46 AM
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Two Options: Around my neighborhood, I see the Pizza Delivery guys on their Motorscooters are attaching those shallow blue plastic trays like 24"x24" with 4 inch sides. Believe they borrow them from the rear of our neighborhood walgreens drugstores(yea I know, not saying you should do this but whatever)ey are pretty sturdy & Flat and just right for a Large pizza in an insulated Bag. Looks like they have been used for Milk storage, anyhow they always have a ton of them laying around the rear of the store. When I get a Pizza, I have the guy cut it in half then carefully lay one half over the other, crust side up of course. . I simply then double the box over and now its maybe 10-12 wide and easy to bungy onto my rack. Good luck.

Or you roll it up and insert it into one of those 4 inch hard cardboard mailing Tubes a foot long or so. Now that would make it really easy to transport, think of it as an Italian Sushi. LOL

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Eat half and fold the box.
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Whatever you do to get the pizza home, beware of transporting it on its side. I bought a cherry pie the other day and put it sideways in my pannier. For some reason I thought it was sufficiently gelled. Who knew?
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Originally Posted by tsl View Post
Yeah, it is. I just bungee it to my rear rack and go. One bungee each way does it.

I've also bungeed it to the top my trunk bag rather than go home and drop off the trunk bag first.

It's considerably less difficult than you're thinking it is.
Yup, I always keep two bungie cords in my everyday pannier in case I have boxes or other large things to carry home. The added weight is negligible, and they come in handy more than you think.
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Old 08-03-10, 10:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Roody View Post
Yeah, other than being wasteful of resources, the pizza box is one of the greatest containers ever devised. It'll stand up to a lot of abuse and still protect its precious contents. If pizza box designers worked for bike accessory companies, this would be a happy world.
Once upon a time most pizza boxes were pretty flimsy (think Krispy Kreme donut box) and typically stuck to the top of your pizza.
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Old 08-03-10, 10:57 PM
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Bunji cords - they work fine for this.
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Originally Posted by iain.dalton View Post
I do everything by bike, but the other day I thought of getting a pizza and realized I didn't know how I'd get it home. My ride home ends with a 1.2-mile steep hill. Currently I have a rear rack on my bike; if it were easier to put a pizza box on a front rack, I could put one on. I'm sure this is possible without buying a porteur rack, though.
The best way to transport food is in your gut.
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The best way to transport food is in your gut.
Ride home after eating a Family size pizza? Hmm...
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Ride home after eating a Family size pizza? Hmm...
And a pitcher of beer!
(not that I can do that anymore )

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The other day I happened to be in town, when my mom called and asked if I could bring home pizza. Off to Papa Murphy's; I didn't have a pack on my back, so I had to use the rack. Their smallest pizza is 14"—2" longer than my rack. I had no choice, so the ends got rolled up a little. I got home, unrolled the pizza, redistributed the ingredients, and baked it. It tasted fine.

Oh, and they triple-wrapped it in plastic wrap because it was raining. It stayed dry inside.
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Originally Posted by iain.dalton View Post
The other day I happened to be in town, when my mom called and asked if I could bring home pizza. Off to Papa Murphy's; I didn't have a pack on my back, so I had to use the rack. Their smallest pizza is 14"—2" longer than my rack. I had no choice, so the ends got rolled up a little. I got home, unrolled the pizza, redistributed the ingredients, and baked it. It tasted fine.

Oh, and they triple-wrapped it in plastic wrap because it was raining. It stayed dry inside.
Iian, thanks for the info. I've always wondered if this trick would work with Papa Murphy's. I like their pizza because a) it tastes better than most chain pizza and b) there's not much packaging. I usually get a Family size but I think it would fit in my pannier.
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The best way to transport food is in your gut.
+1 Unless you have sufficient insulation, it's best to put the pizza out of its misery before it loses it's flavor.
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I have held pizza boxes securely enough in my rat trap, but that was for a short ride (the rat trap is on my "around town" beater) Rat traps are dope.
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I've often thought about the pizza thing. I for one can't huff a pizza down myself. I tend to have extra for left overs which helps when you're in a rush. Deliver is an option but when you're on a tight budget the delivery charge does eat into the savings and then you have to consider if you want to tip the driver.

I prefer to pick up myself. Tho at such times I end up taking the TTC home holding the pizza while eating some and watching zombies on the bus give me the drool look.

In the past when I was at a friends place looking after thier place I did walk the pizza home while holding my bike. Never thought once to use the bungee cord thing but I guess it is because I fear the bumps in the road would make it turn into road pizza or the moisture would end up bending the pizza on the sides.

It would be nice if there was some rack mod add-on device that can fold out to support a pizza or other wide items then fold back into the rack when not in use.
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Tonight I thought about picking up some Papa Murphy's ... an outfit where you buy the pizza and bake it yourself. They don't provide a box, just a paper tray with some plastic wrap. Much less gets into the non-recycle bin.

Problem with Papa Murphy's is that without a sturdy box, you can't bungee it to your rack, as tsl suggests. I'm not even sure I could fit it in my kiddie trailer.
Every once and a while I will save a pizza box, not throw it out; then, when I go to Papa Murphey's (PM), I just take the box with me and put the PM pizza in the box. The people at PM don't mind and will even hold onto the box for me as I wander into the nearby stores as they make my pizza.

Once it is in the box I open my Wald baskets and bungie the Pizza box over the top of the two baskets, works great.

I keep thinking of going into the sheet metal shop and making a super Pizza box. I just am busy doing other things when I am in the sheet metal shop.
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I.... carry it back home in my stomach ;D but in seriousness, I suggest bungee cord through the back rack but that was already stated up there ^^ somewhere.
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