- Shopping by bike
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 agoRaouliganMember
All my groceries by bike or on foot, Turkish grocery store round the corner for exciting fuit vegetables and olives and way cheaper than Tesco, everything else I carry in a courier bag, picking up bits at lunch time or on the way home.
It happens that the usual Tesco’s I use is opposite one of the best beer pubs and micro breweries in London so it’s never a chore.
I think the key is just making it a habit and part of life and totally usual.
I’ve found I’m actually going out for fewer rides than I did but nearly all of my chores include a bicycle.
I love it!Posted 4 years agoedhornbySubscriber
I was doing it when first child was born and I was on paternity leave, the snow made the roads sh1tty so I used to blam the mountain bike across heaton park and load a rucksac, but as others have said, you end up going most days
it’s organisation that is the key, you need to keep on top of the meal planning and always be topping up the staplesPosted 4 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
Best bike I’ve ever bought, by a mile.
Was £600 from Charliethebikemonger. Reckon I’ve easily saved that in car use.
Plus, what price the fun factor. 🙂
neilc1881…I’ve had 4x25kg bags of Cotswold chippings on the back, from Wickes. It rode fine. 🙂Posted 4 years agoNobeerinthefridgeSubscriber
Oops! Like the idea of the school run on it too btw. Would be perfect for my needs – 1 mile from aldi, 1/2 mile from school and just under a mile from work. I get all my basics from aldi, and I’m fortunate enough to live right in a proper town centre, so use the butcher, fruit shop etc most days.
Ute looks like a winner price wise over the surly. Any other contenders.Posted 4 years agoDezBSubscriber
Test shop yesterday. Dropped son off at his footy and took the bike & trailer to Tescos.
Met a new friend on the way 🙂
Only slight issue was riding trough the car park, some woman driving straight at me. But it was me going the wrong way… just not designed for bikes to ride through, these car park things.Posted 4 years ago
No other problems, trailer was great down the hill.senor jSubscriber
I fall into the “no room in the flat ” camp on this. As soon as I have enough space I’ll get a town bike.Posted 4 years ago
Near me, all the bike racks on the High Street and at the tube are battered and plundered daily so it would have to be an ugly one.
Fair play to those who do.cleanerbybikeMember
As mentioned on the ‘utility cycling’ thread. I’m still looking for volunteers to take part in a shopping by bike trial for an EU funded project.
It’s nowt too onerous, shop by bike once a week for about 4 weeks, and return a questionnaire. I’ve just kicked off 150 volunteers this week but will be launching another at the end of July (http://blog.wiggle.com/2013/05/28/shopping-by-bike/)
If anyone has any earth shattering ideas as to how to recruit more volunteers, let me know please.
Ta 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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