Located about a mile from our home is a grocery store. I often swing by on the way to the office or home to pick up a few items that I need for the day or to cook for dinner. While a mile from home does not seem that far, it is a significant distance to walk--especially on the return trip with bags and bags of groceries to carry up a 300-foot ascent. Yet it seems like overkill to fire up the car and drive for such a relatively short distance.
For our family, traveling to the grocery store is best done by bicycle. And when we have A LOT of groceries to haul, we ride together to help carry the load.
Our house is situated on a street that makes a large loop so we like to take the longer route to the market and then loop back home. This way we have more time together and more fun time on our bikes!
So we threw our panniers on our bikes and pedaled down the streets.
My husband, John, is my biggest supporter. He encouraged me to start riding a bike and, when I was ready, he rode with me for as long as I needed in order to feel comfortable navigating the road. I learned all I know about road cycling and racing from him. And now it's my turn to encourage him to practice utility cycling and go wherever we possibly can around town by bike. I am so lucky to have him to share the joy of bicycling with!
After shopping, we divvy up the grocery items between our bags and bikes. The fruit and vegetables and case of seltzer water along with anything heavy ;-) go with John in his panniers and on his bike rack. The eggs, bread, flowers and custard pie go with me.
I've been testing the Detour "Toocan 2.0 Pannier" for a couple weeks and have been impressed with the quality of material and construction--and its features. Stay tuned for the review in August and a chance to win a bag giveaway!!
Because our grocery store is a little too far to walk from home but too close to drive, riding our bikes is the way to go shopping!! Running errands is so much more fun when you have someone with whom to share the task and even more fun when you travel (and carry your goods) by a bicycle.
Do you go grocery shopping by bicycle? I'd love to hear about your experience and any tips you have to make your trip easier.