Since I don’t have a driving license, the majority of my shopping trips are done by bike. The klick-fix handlebar basket can carry a maximum of 5 kgs, so I needed alternative means of transporting large quantities of whatever I happen to buy during end of the week supply trips.
Fortunately, the rear rack of my city bicycle is quite capable of carrying heavy loads (25 kg). Consequently, panniers are the natural solution and I like them for the extended capacity and ease of use. However, having classical panniers on the bike at all times is just not possible (too much hassle getting them on and off everytime I have to park my bike outside during the day). So I ended up with a compromise solution, that, although not as elegant as a nice set of panniers, does the job and is readily available whenever the need arise.
The bags pictured above are usual medium reusable shopping bags, the kind you see in every supermarket. They have a story too 😄, I got them last year at the entrance of the Luxemburg Gardens in Paris, as some sort of publicity items. So, they remind me of wonderful Paris and I’ve used them since, with very little wear evidence. When not in use, they are carried in my purse, backpack or handlebar basket, taking up very little space. Convenient solution, isn’t it?
The idea is not original, I’ve read about it, for the first time, at Velouria’s site Lovely Bicycle. I have even used some grocery plastic bags myself, on occasion. Not at all fancy, but useful, which is what shopping by bike should be about.