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Old 02-25-08, 07:53 PM
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The only bike at Costco

I should have taken a picture of my bike loaded up after a trip to Costco on Saturday. Panniers stuffed and a huge thing of TP bunggeed to the rack. I really need a Xtracycle.
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Old 02-25-08, 08:19 PM
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I love pictures of bike loaded up :-)
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How dare show up those SUV's!
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Big 12 pack of double rolls is easy. You should try a 50 lbs. bag of dog food. Most of the time those bags aren't too sturdy either. I ripped one once at the top and ended up doing some very creative bungying to mount it on my rack in the upright position.
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Our Costco is right off the MUP that also runs near our house. It's actually one of the few places our MUP is actually good for in terms of transportation rather than just recreation. So far I've only stopped there for a cheap slice of pizza, but I'm waiting for the day that I can take my trailer out there and load it up ... and then realize that I can't haul it home and call my wife for a pick up. But I'm sure if I stuck to light stuff: tp, paper towels, etc. I'd be okay, but I bet a 24 pack of beer would kill me if it was combined with any other items (not to mention possibly violating the "no alcohol" policy of the park system).
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Originally Posted by bikebuddha View Post
I should have taken a picture of my bike loaded up after a trip to Costco on Saturday. Panniers stuffed and a huge thing of TP bunggeed to the rack. I really need a Xtracycle.

You can't do that here in WalMartkansas. Costco doesn't dare cross the state line.
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My costco is on 4 lane rte 1 north. I trade Costco access for rides with my friends.
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Originally Posted by Tex_Arcana View Post
Big 12 pack of double rolls is easy. You should try a 50 lbs. bag of dog food. Most of the time those bags aren't too sturdy either. I ripped one once at the top and ended up doing some very creative bungying to mount it on my rack in the upright position.
If you go down to a 25lb bag, it will fit in a LL Bean backpack. Then the bag is more likely to stay intact for the trip home. Some panniers may be able to do the same trick... haven't had reason to test yet, since I only buy rice in large bags. I don't have a good source (or storage!) for flour in big enough bags.
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For storing large bulk sacks of rice and flour I've found a simple solution. The local Shipley's donut shop gets their fillings and frostings in 5 gallon food grade plastic buckets with tight sealing lids. They sale these buckets with lids for about $2 if you ask. I empty out the bags into the buckets and seal lids. Stick a label on the lid and on the sides (in case I stack buckets) and I'm done.

I'm lucky to live near a largish oriental supermarket where I can get lots of different kinds of rice from jasmine to sweet sticky rice in large bags. I also tend to get the large bags of flour, but my biggest load with the weakest packaging still tends to be the dog food.
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LMAO, next time do take a picture

We made a Costco run with The Boy's folks yesterday and they were grumbling about how hard it was to fit everything in the trunk. I am quite sure I could have gotten everything into Xtracycle panniers*, hence my burning desire FOR an Xtracycle. *(Possibly even in touring bags on my normal bike, if I had a set for the front. Hmm. That may be do-able sooner than an X).

I thought the thread was going to be about the bikes Costco is selling - they had a bunch displayed yesterday. All identical, kind of a basic hybrid frame setup with reasonable looking saddle and some eyelets for putting a rack on. The components were no-namers stamped "made in China", which could be a good or a bad thing, I don't know. Aluminum tubing, welds looked better than my Norco. Boring as heck though.
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