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Me hauling groceries... this already sucks.

Old 04-29-11, 01:03 PM
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Better way of shopping for groceries.

Whether I'm on the bike or in the car, I bring a couple of zip canvas shopping bags like these:

https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/37037...te-bag-zip-top

They go into the store with me, sit in the shopping cart while I fill them up, and are just the right size to fit in my bicycle baskets. Definitely better than dealing with loose plastic bags, or moving items from one vessel to another.
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Originally Posted by bluefoxicy
I wonder how panniers do for carrying groceries; alternately, side baskets:



Looks to me like I could set the bento box horizontally atop this and bungee cord it down. However, it replaces the entire rear rack, and I don't know if that would preclude panniers.
I used to hang Grocery Getter panniers on the outside of the baskets. Not much fun in a headwind and you have to put the light stuff in the panniers. Later I went to lowriders on the fork for the panniers and carried the heavier stuff in front. Much better handling. I could carry quite a bit.

However loading up without tipping the bike over was a pain so I'll be building a trailer. In my case distances are relatively short, usually less than 10 miles round trip
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I went the, sort of expensive, ultra/over engineered route. Behold the collapsable milk crate/rolling small grocery trolley/bike cart system by topeak!

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...1#post11551448





it's designed only to work with the topeak bike racks though. its perfect for grocery/riteaid/bakery/ect runs.
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I always just use the ziptop "cool" bags from the grocery store in my back baskets. I'm setting up a new bike now and am trying to coordinate everything in a nice overall aesthetic. I have a Trek Lime I bought recently and put a back rack on it. I got some "throwover" panniers where the two are one piece and I find them awkward to carry around - easy in the shopping cart though. So I tried separate panniers. I prefer the ziptop cool bags in the baskets like I'm used to. I have a question - if I get the rear folding baskets that I hang from my rack will this scratch anything up and do they flop around or are they secured at the bottom? I was looking at the Topeak folding wheelie cart, too, but I have a Bontrager rack and I don't want to change that. It looks too good on the bike.

I've also been looking at front baskets and can't seem to find what I want. Most of them can't hold one of those shopper bags, and I really don't want a large basket that's always there even when I don't need it. So I was wondering about a front rack. The wide kind like a shelf rather than the one that looks like a shortened back rack. It looks like it would give me more options - strap on a wire basket, a crate, a picnic basket or even just a box if I buy something bigger. Anybody use these? I think it would make it easier than putting the box or crate on the rear rack along with the panniers for my loaded down days.

I looked at the back basket pictured as I like the mesh baskets, but it looked impractical to me. The sides seemed low.
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I always just used panniers for groceries or anything else and could haul enough that I couldn't even lift the bike when loaded. Oversized items go on the rack tops:

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To the OP: if your basket is of sufficient volume for you, I suggest you try the cargo net idea (cheaper) first before spending money on other ideas. Alternatively I like Panniers
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I have a Wald giant delivery basket, which I bolted to my rack on the back of my bike. I use it to get groceries all the time. Usually I take some nylon reusable grocery bags with me, and tie the tops closed before putting them in the basket. If I have more than will comfortably fit in the basket then I will use bungee cords to keep it all in. I LOVE my big-ass basket!

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I use a back pack, it is a 4 mile round trip to the store and I have done
three in a row to get all the stuff home. I take my back pack in the store
and load it as I shop to make sure I can get it closed and get home with
it.
It will hold five 2 liter bottles. I buy pickles by the gallon and won't carry
the glass jars this way, get them when I am out with the car.

BTW, the back pack is a school bag, on sale at the beginning of school for $9.
For the buck it does fine.
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What about a bike trailer?
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I hated a top basket too, destroys the bike handling and stability when loaded with heavy items. Way too high. You want something that is much lower: side baskets, panniers or a trailer. The lower, the better. Axiom and others make shopping specific bags/panniers. That Topeak crate looks neat but it's heavy and it's still a top basket resulting in center of gravity that is way too high and two panniers will be lighters and offer much higher capacity.
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The Wald folding rear baskets are designed to hold a full grocery bag, a clear advantage over some other rear baskets, that are tapered at the bottom (such as the one in the original post).

I now use panniers, but I have used the Wald rear folding baskets and was pleased with their utility. They also stay folded and don't rattle.
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Here is a " Grocery Getter " I put together . She can ride it to the store, work, etc.
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Originally Posted by AdamDZ
I hated a top basket too, destroys the bike handling and stability when loaded with heavy items. Way too high. You want something that is much lower: side baskets, panniers or a trailer. The lower, the better. Axiom and others make shopping specific bags/panniers. That Topeak crate looks neat but it's heavy and it's still a top basket resulting in center of gravity that is way too high and two panniers will be lighters and offer much higher capacity.
^there's nothing scarier than maneuvering around Brooklyn Traffic with 30lbs of groceries in my topeak crate.

on a bright note it is available for 50% off now (around $30) from nashbar I think.

seriously though I only live two blocks away from my grocery store so sometimes I have the crate filled to the brim AND two heavy grocery bags hanging from the ends of the handlebars... its the most sketchy situation... and pretty stupid of me in general because 2 blocks away means I should have just WALKED there with a regular granny cart. (sometimes I just need to use my bike to justify its existence).
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Burley Travoy Urban Bike Trailer

Try a Burley Travoy Urban Bike Trailer they work great!

https://www.rei.com/webservices/rei/D...:referralID=NA
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Originally Posted by tim24k
Try a Burley Travoy Urban Bike Trailer they work great!
The Travoy looks like it'd be good, particularly for city use. I have a Burley Nomad, a 2-wheeled cargo trailer, and I'm able to bring it into the store and use it like a shopping cart. If I lived in a city, it'd be tough maneuvering that through the tighter aisles.

The best setup you can have is a flexible one: Trailer for big shopping trips, pannier(s) for smaller ones or when it's raining and stuff in the basket will get wet. And there's no beating a basket for going to an outdoor farmers' market.

My favorite thing about panniers for shopping: There's no guessing about capacity. You can bring them in with you and hook them to the inside of a standard metal shopping cart.

The store is a half-mile from my house, so I do my shopping with either the trailer or a backpack (or just hanging bags from the handlebars if it's an unexpected trip.) But if I had a long ride to the market regularly, I'd use a trailer all the time.
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Originally Posted by travelmama
Keep the basket and throw a net over it. Always have a pair of panniers to use whenever needed.
NASHBAR sells a cargo net,,,works great, I LOVE hauling groceries, and I haul a lot of grocieries.
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Originally Posted by runningDoc
I went the, sort of expensive, ultra/over engineered route. Behold the collapsable milk crate/rolling small grocery trolley/bike cart system by topeak!

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...1#post11551448



it's designed only to work with the topeak bike racks though. its perfect for grocery/riteaid/bakery/ect runs.
I gotta ask,,,,,,what the h___ is ,,,it?
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Originally Posted by Nycycle
I gotta ask,,,,,,what the h___ is ,,,it?
It unfolds into a cube-like carrying case with wheels, like those folding file boxes you see people carting around in offices. The handle extends to a comfortable carrying height.
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