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Unfortunately, I Really Am That Nerdy

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This is how I roll
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Several people have professed to me a failure to understand how grocery shopping is possible on a bike. Well, here's how.

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I suspect none of these people were European or Asian. ;)

I used to do the very same thing. ^^ Complete with a big backpack to boot!

Yep, I usually use one as well! I had one this time, but I had few enough groceries I didn't need to load it up. Which is a plus, as I did this just coming back from work, so my backpack had work-things in it.

Bah, it's not really shopping until you've balanced plastic bags on each side of the handlebars. ;)

That's exactly what I did to port my wok home, though!

I wonder: wouldn't that make it harder to balance?

There's a grocery carrier on each side of my back wheel, so it's only as unbalancing as the bags are unevenly loaded; I explain my plight to the checkers at the supermarket, so they take care to get fairly equal weights. That said, it does amplify wobble and especially any imperfections in the back wheel, but it's nothing particularly severe.

The other way it's possible is, of course, with a backpack. That's the one my friend Carey (who is probably not on LJ) introduced me to one summer when we were in college.

I suspect the "how can you do that?" question comes from people who think a person must buy six full sacks of groceries every trip.

My current approach to shopping by foot and subway is to get a bag or two at a time (as many as four if cattitude and I are shopping together) and once in a blue moon have an order delivered. Those latter always include laundry detergent, whether we're low on it or not. A two-person household doesn't actually need to buy rice in 25-pound sacks; if we did, we'd have to figure out where to store it, a non-trivial issue in a one-bedroom apartment.

What if you got some heavy grocery and you're climbing a very steep hill? :P

Then I put the thing in 14 gear and downshift the back gear as I start to get fatigued. It's still faster than walking, even in minimum 11 gear.

This happens, incidentally, whenever I buy a full load of groceries from Safeway and take the shorter route home; there's a severe three-block-long hill up from there to go back to the main road home. Safeway has a handful of things TOP doesn't, so I go there on occasion; TOP has better quality, better prices, better selection, and it's at the top of a hill rather than the bottom so I'm going downhill when I have the groceries, so I generally prefer it for the things that aren't Safeway-specific.

Oh, okay... but I was more pointing toward the possibility of you tipping over. Would be funny. Painful, but funny. Hee hee. ^'======'^

My weight raises the center of mass of the bicycle free-body system to a point that the added weight of the groceries is essentially moot- it doesn't move the center of mass. It's not going to prevent me from biking up anything I'd be unable to bike up anyway.

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