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Old 06-23-12, 10:18 AM
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Eggs

Ok, so here's the scoop. My wife and I are happy bikers. We putz to work, the store, the mall, wherever on our bikes. The one thing we haven't done yet is buy eggs at the store. I'm kind of scared to even try it for the bumpy ride home. Are there any tricks or tips for transporting eggs home from the store? It's only a 1.5 mile ride, so insulation/temperature really isn't a problem. I'm more worried about cracking one open.
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Old 06-23-12, 11:49 AM
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I live less than a mile from the store, but I've never had a problem. My grocery pannier is big enough that I can place the egg carton flat on top of the other groceries and so far no broken eggs.

(knock on wood)

Edited to add: are you in Bloomington-Normal area, by any chance? I'm just guessing, by your username. I'm not far from there.

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Old 06-23-12, 02:31 PM
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The cartons they come in do a pretty good job of protecting them and I don't think I've ever had one crack on my ride home. Just keep the carton level and toward the top of your bag.
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Old 06-23-12, 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by NormDeplume View Post

Edited to add: are you in Bloomington-Normal area, by any chance? I'm just guessing, by your username. I'm not far from there.
Thanks! Yep, just moved (back) here not too long ago. Loving the trail system!
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Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
The cartons they come in do a pretty good job of protecting them and I don't think I've ever had one crack on my ride home. Just keep the carton level and toward the top of your bag.
+1 - never had an issue either.
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Old 06-23-12, 11:20 PM
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maybe if you transported them while they're still inside a chicken?
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Old 06-25-12, 12:41 AM
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Never had that problem; haul eggs all the time...
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Old 06-25-12, 01:51 AM
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Like just about everyone else here, I haven't had any problems in transporting my eggs home either. Also like others have said put them on top of everything else.

I have thought of getting one of those hard plastic egg cartons for camping. But I'm not sure if they'd be able to handle the extra large eggs.
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Old 06-27-12, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by BloNoBikeGuy View Post
Ok, so here's the scoop. My wife and I are happy bikers. We putz to work, the store, the mall, wherever on our bikes. The one thing we haven't done yet is buy eggs at the store. I'm kind of scared to even try it for the bumpy ride home. Are there any tricks or tips for transporting eggs home from the store? It's only a 1.5 mile ride, so insulation/temperature really isn't a problem. I'm more worried about cracking one open.
Have you tried it yet? Our supermarket is 9-miles one way and we were able to transport eggs just fine, no breakage. We transport them the same way as others have said on here, with the carton laying flat on top of the other groceries.
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Old 06-27-12, 03:53 PM
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put them with your bananas
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Old 07-02-12, 01:49 PM
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You could get one of these if you're really worried: http://www.amazon.com/Lock-Egg-Dispe...k+and+lock+egg

I've never had any issues just putting the eggs on top of my baskets, though.
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Old 07-02-12, 02:34 PM
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How are you going to carry them? Panniers? Backpack? Trailer?

We use our cargo-box trailer when we're grocery shopping.




Inside the cargo-box I keep a soft-sided cooler with 2-liter soda bottle that's full of water and frozen... That's where all the meat and dairy go, and eggs go in there on top of everything else. Never broken an egg.
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Old 07-02-12, 02:37 PM
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Like others, I've never had a problem with eggs in panniers or in backpack. Cardboard or styrofoam package.
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Old 07-02-12, 04:16 PM
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As many have pointed out already the standard carton package for eggs will offer a lot of cushioning for a simple ride home. The egg cartons are designed to protect eggs from bumps and bruises of normal trucking and handling. That is plenty good enough for a ride home in a pannier on a bike. Just remember..............DO NOT CRUSH!!
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Old 07-02-12, 05:52 PM
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eggs and bread are the only things i put in a backpack. eggs laying across the bottom of the bag with the eggs on top of them. if i buy chips or pretzels, i'll put those on top of the eggs and then the bread on top of the pretzels or chips.
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Old 07-06-12, 02:45 PM
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Broken eggs are a real mess to clean up so I don't take any chances. I use a 10' section of cord to drag them behind me. If they break, the mess is left behind.
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Always transport eggs in a front basket within easy reach - you never know when you might want egg someone!
Seriously though, with a pannier or basket they go on top with something over them such as a mesh bungee to help keep them from bouncing out.
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Old 07-09-12, 04:36 AM
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I put them on top of everything in my panniers and wrap up in a plastic bag so if one does break, the bag will catch the mess.
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They don't survive in a trunk bag on NJ roads. I broke 6! Thank goodness they were in a plastic bag!
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I had a lot of problems with broke eggs in panniers....until I started using plastic containers.

Now that they have worn out, I tried something new, cardboard egg cartons with epoxy sealer, sinks right in, but it’s outside work….. It really stiffened up the soft cardboard. Then some spray paint.
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I haul eggs all the time on the Big Dummy or in a grocery pannier from the store 3.8 miles away and never had an egg broken, ever. Just make sure you put them on top of all your groceries. No worries!
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Like others have said, place them on top . You can wrap in a towel to make them even safer.
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I have the checker put a rubber band around the carton so it wont open on the way home..



the 'Short Stop', market is 2 blocks away.

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I have the checker put a rubber band around the carton so it wont open on the way home..
+1 or you can wrap a strap of tape or two around the carton (I keep a roll or two of electric tape in my bike bag all the time). So long as you keep the carton shut bringing eggs home on a bike is no problem at all. Its when the carton opens up inside the pannier bag that things go badly. I've transported eggs over rough roads for miles upon miles without trouble so long as the carton stays shut.
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Originally Posted by frantik View Post
put them with your bananas
I haul eggs over 5 miles of pot holes, never a broken one in the bunch. They ride in my panniers with the rest of the haul.

Bananas on the other hand. No matter how I pack them, a day or two latter they look like someone beat them! ( I hope it's not the eggs, they look so passive in their cartons

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