bike shopping

No, no, I’m not in the market for a new set of wheels. But I did try grocery shopping by bike.

To be fair, I had biked to the grocery store before, then loaded the contents of my shopping bags into my panniers. But I figured it was Earth Day, so maybe I could try skipping the plastic bags for once. I was just going to take the pannier off of my rack and into the store, but then I thought I’d be a bit more daring and just wheel the bike into Roche Bros.

I got a few stares from fellow shoppers, but none of the employees said a word. Maybe that’s b/c my folding bike isn’t much larger than a shopping cart.

I’m not normally much into the “eco” side of cycling, but it did feel un-wasteful to avoid grabbing a bunch of plastic bags. Here are some bananas in the pannier:

The only downside was that riding home was a bit of a bear since I switched the pannier from the back to the front. With a laptop, the frontloaded bag actually improves steering by making the folder a bit less “twitchy.” But with so much weight in the front. steering was difficult/awkward. I’ll give it a few days of commuting and then maybe switch it back to the back…hides my hindquarters anyway.

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  2. bike shopping on October 9th, 2011

    Although most areas have several bicycle stores, they aren’t on every street corner. In fact, depending on where you live, there may be only a few in your area. Even so, you should visit each shop to get a feel for which store is right for you

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