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#1 Old 08-08-2015, 07:45 AM
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Car Free Vegan Grocery Haul!


More and more in today’s world we can’t conceive of living without a car. Today I wanted to share with you how I haul lots of food, boxes, and more totally car-free and give you a tour of my local co-op and tasty vegan food, including my own grocery haul!
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hi emily. i responded on reddit. i understand jacksonville is not particularly great for biking or vegans but gainesville is both. i would not call it a mecca but it works for me.
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What a wonderful video! Your basket and trailer setup are awesome.

Your local bicycle shop can help you select and install "grocery bag panniers" (see photo below), which will let your bike easily carry 2 full grocery bags. Be sure to get the ones that fold-up when you don't need them. If you don't have the tools to install these, your local bike shop will install them for a nominal charge.

Grocery bag panniers are much better than using a backpack, because the weight of the groceries is on your bike, not your back.



Definitely don't use a handlebar basket to carry groceries; the added weight on the handlebars will interfere with steering.

You can get bicycle trailers that carry almost anything. This isn't a plug, but this website carries some insane bicycle trailers: http://www.bikesatwork.com/

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i don't have a trailer but i do have those "grocery bag panniers." i think they cost me $20 including installation.

i was feeding myself plus 2 large dogs and i had to do a heavy haul every day. going up hills was brutal. i warped my tires regularly, too.
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From 2003 to 2012, I did almost all my grocery shopping by bicycle. I had 2 grocery bag panniers on my bike. On my way to the store, I would carry my recyclables (my local Whole Foods Market had a small recycling center). I would empty my recyclables, buy my groceries at Trader Joe's (same shopping center as the Whole Foods Market), then ride back home with my load of groceries.
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I'm guilty of hauling everything on my bike in a backpack on my back (work lunch, gym shoes, books, groceries etc). I really need to get these baskets! I have a mountain bike and use it for off road trail riding and my husband doesn't want me to have a bike rack installed on my bike as he thinks that will interfere with some of the rugged riding we do. But I might just get one anyway. It gets old using a backpack. I think it slows me down as much as a rack would.
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I'm guilty of hauling everything on my bike in a backpack on my back (work lunch, gym shoes, books, groceries etc). I really need to get these baskets! I have a mountain bike and use it for off road trail riding and my husband doesn't want me to have a bike rack installed on my bike as he thinks that will interfere with some of the rugged riding we do. But I might just get one anyway. It gets old using a backpack. I think it slows me down as much as a rack would.
I think you would be better off getting the baskets. That's a lot of weight to be carrying on your back. I read somewhere that you shouldnt carry more than 20% of your body weight in a backpack? I never remember numbers and stats, so off to google and brb to edit.
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hi emily. i responded on reddit. i understand jacksonville is not particularly great for biking or vegans but gainesville is both. i would not call it a mecca but it works for me.
great to know! yeah i did Jax and Tampa a bunch.

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What a wonderful video! Your basket and trailer setup are awesome.

Your local bicycle shop can help you select and install "grocery bag panniers" (see photo below), which will let your bike easily carry 2 full grocery bags. Be sure to get the ones that fold-up when you don't need them. If you don't have the tools to install these, your local bike shop will install them for a nominal charge.

Grocery bag panniers are much better than using a backpack, because the weight of the groceries is on your bike, not your back.

those are great too! thanks for sharing



Definitely don't use a handlebar basket to carry groceries; the added weight on the handlebars will interfere with steering.

You can get bicycle trailers that carry almost anything. This isn't a plug, but this website carries some insane bicycle trailers: http://www.bikesatwork.com/

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i don't have a trailer but i do have those "grocery bag panniers." i think they cost me $20 including installation.

i was feeding myself plus 2 large dogs and i had to do a heavy haul every day. going up hills was brutal. i warped my tires regularly, too.
oh nice! that's intense.

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From 2003 to 2012, I did almost all my grocery shopping by bicycle. I had 2 grocery bag panniers on my bike. On my way to the store, I would carry my recyclables (my local Whole Foods Market had a small recycling center). I would empty my recyclables, buy my groceries at Trader Joe's (same shopping center as the Whole Foods Market), then ride back home with my load of groceries.
sounds like me!

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I'm guilty of hauling everything on my bike in a backpack on my back (work lunch, gym shoes, books, groceries etc). I really need to get these baskets! I have a mountain bike and use it for off road trail riding and my husband doesn't want me to have a bike rack installed on my bike as he thinks that will interfere with some of the rugged riding we do. But I might just get one anyway. It gets old using a backpack. I think it slows me down as much as a rack would.
ugh yes! that would kill my back!
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Just maybe I'll try it again....I'm terrified of bicycles> It's probably because I've had bikes that were too big,trying to compensate with lowering the seat, but i always ended up feeling "caught" when I'd stop and have to get off the seat. It was cumbersome to get back on the seat, and I worried about falling over. I really fear the street, even when there's no traffic.

Anyway, where I am now I'm under a mile from an Aldi, and it's great to walk. That also keeps me from overbuying, and buying only produce I'll use up before another trip.

It would be great to ride there with those baskets!
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Just maybe I'll try it again....I'm terrified of bicycles> It's probably because I've had bikes that were too big,trying to compensate with lowering the seat, but i always ended up feeling "caught" when I'd stop and have to get off the seat. It was cumbersome to get back on the seat, and I worried about falling over. I really fear the street, even when there's no traffic.

At your local bicycle shop, you can test-ride lots of bicycles, to see what feels best. They can help you to select a bicycle that fits you. If you plan on carrying heavy groceries, be sure to get a gear-shifting bicycle. The newer gear-shifting bicycles are way, way better than the old 10 speed bikes - much easier to shift.

Here's a good video about safe bicycling in the street. There are many others:



It will be much safer if you wear a brightly-colored construction vest when you ride (available for cheap at the Home Depot, or on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Neiko-Visibili...le+safety+vest ) . From 2003 to 2012, when I rode all the time, I wore a bright yellow safety vest, a bike helmet, and gloves. I looked like a total nerd, but I never had a single collision. The lady pictured below is doing it correctly. Without gloves, you will really mess up your hands if you fall (when falling, we reflexively use our hands to break our fall).

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Just maybe I'll try it again....I'm terrified of bicycles> It's probably because I've had bikes that were too big,trying to compensate with lowering the seat, but i always ended up feeling "caught" when I'd stop and have to get off the seat. It was cumbersome to get back on the seat, and I worried about falling over. I really fear the street, even when there's no traffic.

Anyway, where I am now I'm under a mile from an Aldi, and it's great to walk. That also keeps me from overbuying, and buying only produce I'll use up before another trip.

It would be great to ride there with those baskets!
I'm afraid of riding, too! I walk everywhere.
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ah i do car free grocery shop every week as i can't drive! :P it's pretty easy if it's for 1 person - trickier if it's for a family. I just have a big rucksack i put everything in
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I'm guilty of hauling everything on my bike in a backpack on my back (work lunch, gym shoes, books, groceries etc). I really need to get these baskets! I have a mountain bike and use it for off road trail riding and my husband doesn't want me to have a bike rack installed on my bike as he thinks that will interfere with some of the rugged riding we do. But I might just get one anyway. It gets old using a backpack. I think it slows me down as much as a rack would.
If you don't want the baskets being in the way and stuff, just get a rack from a corp that also sells the panniers to go with. When it's trail time, just leave the bags - the rack is not something that is in the way or heavy. I use them for the groceries and the weekly farmer's market. I think the rack and bags I use were made by Axiom. An open top basket style won't work so well if it's raining, but the panniers will.
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If you don't want the baskets being in the way and stuff, just get a rack from a corp that also sells the panniers to go with. When it's trail time, just leave the bags - the rack is not something that is in the way or heavy. I use them for the groceries and the weekly farmer's market. I think the rack and bags I use were made by Axiom. An open top basket style won't work so well if it's raining, but the panniers will.
Thanks for the advice! Definitely going to look into this!

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My husband took a few pics of me last Thursday getting ready to cycle off to the gym and then work in the early morning. I wear fingerless gloves to protect my hands and keep the callouses down, and I always wear sunglasses and a helmet, no matter what. The sunglasses also protect my eyes from dust and pebbles that get kicked up and so on.

I do try to keep my backpack light, but those times I did the store and stuffed food in there and cycled home was pretty ridiculous lol. I also tried hauling some medical textbooks to the library via bicycle and that was a big no no too. Right now I still drive or take a bus to the store on Fridays. I only cycle six months out of the year as the winters in Minnesota are fairly brutal and I can't take riding below 33 degrees F, let alone below zero with ice and snow everywhere. There are die hard cyclists who use fat tires in the winter for snow cycling around here. I have thought about snowshoeing to work and the store, but there really isn't a trail for that.
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