Shopping by Bike
More Ways to Use Your Wheels
Do you remember when you first started riding your bike around the city? I bet there was a time when you didn't think you could do half the things you now do by bike. Well, if you haven't already tried it, now is the time to add shopping to that list.
Some people borrow a car to go grocery shopping, while others hold onto their cars just so they can drive to the store. But you can carry more on a bike than you think. When Stephanie Kwan and Joe Speaks went to the grocery store on a tandem just after she moved to San Francisco, she started by filling the cart "with the usual — bread, milk, eggs, and vegetables, then I added wine, canned food, frozen items and crackers to test for weight and to see if delicate items would survive. We took everything home in panniers and had room to spare!" Stephanie notes that, "The weight adds up quickly but when evenly distributed the ride is no more difficult than normal... Since that trip I have done 90% of my shopping by bike."
By Augusta Hopkins