- Shopping by bike
I know this should be over there << but it’s not the same crowd..
I’ve signed up – seeing as I’ve got a trailer that I have never used!
Anyone else?Posted 4 years ago
I do most of my shopping by bike, carry no end of stuff back and forth. Have broken two pannier racks in the process by exceeding their 25 kg load on several occasions.
Just need to figure out how to carry multiple sheets of 8′ x 4′ ply on the bike and I’ll no longer need to keep borrowing an Estate car for trips to the builder’s yard….Posted 4 years agobrakesMember
I can walk to the shop for groceries or cycle and put stuff in a rucksack if I need to go elsewhere, generally the only thing I use a car for (Zipcar) is DIY/ garden purchases which are often large/ cumbersome/ heavy.Posted 4 years ago
If that chappy on the blog was offering a loan of a trailer for 6 weeks I’d happily take part but without one, I’m not sure my feedback would be of benefit.HoratioHufnagelMember
I was surprised at how little i could get in my 56l panniers! Its basically a hand basket’s worth of stuff.
I’ve love a Cargo bike, but ironically, i’d probably need a garage to keep it in (too big to get in the house) whereas i can park my car for free on the street.Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
I travel for work by train and bike, with a week’s worth of clothes and stuff in panniers. I really want a Burley Travoy for this purpose though.
I shopped by bike for years as a student and until the age of about 25, as did loads of other people. I just used a rucksack.Posted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
used to, full weeks shopping in an cavernous rucksack, bit touch and go leaning over to swing my leg over the saddle but once on I could just roll down the hill back home. Since getting a car I got a bit lazy and since kids I doubt I could manage the full shop in one go.
not got any more room to stash a cargo bike or trailer.Posted 4 years agotthewSubscriber
Surely the answer for the ‘big shop’, (assuming you have a family, or just get too much stuff to manage on a standard bike) is to have it delivered?Posted 4 years ago
Most of the big supermarkets have it, and once the Aldi/Lidl’s break into that there’s really no excuse to not. Yes, it’s delivered by a van, but that van will also drop off 20 or so other loads so it’s comparatively environmentally friendly.zilog6128Subscriber
There are great trailers on amazon that fold flat. I’m tempted, they are much cheaper than a burley travoy, but less convenient for trains.
That would negate what (to me) seems like the main advantage with a Travoy (or similar) – because you can detach it and wheel it into the store, you can scan your items with the handheld scanner thingy and pack them as you go so at the till you don’t have to unload/scan/reload. Still a lot of money though for saving a bit of time/being a bit eco!Posted 4 years agocranberryMember
I’d love to but to be honest I’m scared that I’ll get to the shops lock up my bike and get back to find it gone.
The local Tesco has a bike rack but I’d be more interested if they had a decent camera pointing at them to discourage thieves.
I think the problem for many cyclists in the UK is that they don’t have a cheap/knackered enough looking bike to leave it outside a shop on a regular basis and have any hope of it still being there. If there was room in my cellar for one more bike it’d be a tatty looking old Dutch Herrenfiets.Posted 4 years agosimmySubscriber
I regular nip down the high street on the bike.
Bought a £40 bike, couple of panniers and a decent lock, panniers off when parked, fill them whilst shopping and its so easy.
Most of the time I can park the bike closer than the car anyway but for a big shop, its all uphill so the car wins but just for nipping bank, haircut, or for some lunch, its well easy.
Wouldn’t do it on the Orange though as it wouldn’t be there when I got back so get a unattractive bike, this one was owned by a kid previous and its got them panini football stickers stuck on various bit of the frame and hologram stickers !!! Nice….Posted 4 years agowoody2000Subscriber
Dez – the CTC (assuming you mean Gavin Wood) fella is my brother. There’s been a bit of a re-shuffle as far as his job is concerned & he’s been off for a month. He’s started back today, so I’m sure he’ll answer your query as soon as he can. I’ll give him a nudge though 🙂Posted 4 years agocleanerbybikeMember
The CTC fella is me, and yes, I’m Woody’s brother. If you’ve sent me an email about the Shop by Bike trial I’ll get back to you ASAP. And anyone thinking of signing up, do so! You’ll be helping me out, earning a £10 Wiggle voucher, and more importantly giving us some ammo to lobby the supermarkets to provide better facilities for people who want to shop by bike.
Ta 🙂Posted 4 years ago
The Tesco in Cambridge, which I cycle past on my way to work, has loads of cycle racks. One set right outside the store front, so you can see your bike from the tills and another larger one in the main carpark – very cycle friendly. Only thing which isn’t cycle friendly are the stupid self service tills which can’t cope with panniers / courier bags and just go on about ‘unexpected item in bagging area’.Posted 4 years agoaracerSubscriber
I shopped by unicycle last week if that counts. Saves on the worry about your bike being nicked – I simply popped it next to the door just inside the supermarket, visible from customer services (was using a 26er, which is a bit big to carry around – I’ve carried a 20″ wheel around shops with me without anybody getting upset).
footflaps, I’ve had that problem before, but this time it seemed to work fine with my rucksack – at least after getting the machine to weigh my bag properly (I think I upset the sequence by putting my bag down before pressing the button to say I was using my own bag, so had to get assistance there). Not even a problem taking stuff in and out to repack – it complained about item removed, but once I put it all back it was happy. One little detail I remembered this time was to take my wallet out of the bag before putting it down!Posted 4 years agowoody2000Subscriber
Morning bump 🙂
Could I ask people to tweet, FB, blog etc etc the link please? 🙂
Ta muchly!Posted 4 years ago
Re self serve tills, I just pile up the stuff on the ‘out’ side on the metal plate and then fill my bag after I’ve paid, that way I avoid ever upsetting the machine with my courier bag. I gave up trying to reason with the machines after many failed attempts. They don’t seem to respond no matter how loudly I swear at them.Posted 4 years agoSTATOMember
People using the ‘big shop’ as an excuse, give it up, the big shop that is! Just shop more often, youll find you can then buy more fresh stuff and its easy if you just nip in on way home from work.
That said, i can fit a £70 asda shop into 2 panniers plus a bag or two. Only things that cause problems are large volume items like toilet roll or multi-pack type items. Usually just strap those to the top of the rack tho.Posted 4 years agotonydMember
I’d quite like to get a trailer and give this a go, but I only really get the time at the weekends and try to get out with the kids then. My hack bike has a LOCT seat for the youngest to ride with me and a trailerbike for the eldest, with panniers for shopping (it’s better for family rides if I have all the weight!).
Now if I could just attach a trailer to the trailerbike we could get a full weeks shopping…..Posted 4 years agoneilc1881Subscriber
Someone above mentioned they did not fancy the trade off in speed compared to their normal commuter. I sold my Pompetamine Alfine 8 to get this. Weights are not dissimilar surprisingly (not including bags), tyres are bigger on the Ute, but it rolls very well. Test ride one if you can, I use it for local deliveries, bit of shopping, collecting small stuff for the farm… We’ll see ifit manages 2 25kg bags of feed next winter! I expect it will!Posted 4 years ago
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