Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike (#244)...and a few thoughts.
More than $100 in groceries from two separate stores in a Bike Rev trailer and a cardboard box on a front rack.
It was cold tonight...the first really cold night of the year, hovering around freezing. But in a month or so when it is really, really cold--when it hurts--I'll be dreaming of a night like this.
As I was checking out at the second store tonight I mentioned to the clerk that I didn't want any bags, and he looked at me and my items I was about to purchase, "You don't want any bags for all that stuff?" No, I told him, I'll carry these (store-owned) baskets out, load my bike, and bring the baskets back in. "You're on a bike?" he says with wide eyes. My thought, and almost my initial response, was...aren't you people used to me by now...I do this at east once a week? But I simply said, I have a trailer. This seemed to suffice him...but then he started to load the groceries into plastic bags. Umm...no bags, remember, I gently reminded him. "Sorry Mister, not many people carry their stuff out of the store like this."
I've owned the Bike Rev trailer for about 5 years but don't use it that often since purchasing the Mundo. (I recommend this trailer if you're in the market for one; it attaches/detaches very simply and it works really well.) But since having the Bread Platform I felt like putting this bike to the test. The trailer is really handy in that you can have multiple hitches on separate bikes, and it's great during foul weather...your cargo stays dry even if you don't. But I have to say that fully loaded the Mundo still handles better; when the trailer is full I am aware that I am pulling a trailer, but when the Mundo is loaded it rides the same as if it were empty (unless, of course it is a really heavy or bulky load). I am, though, trying to figure out how to attach a hitch to the Mundo just for fun...the way the bike is designed the sidebars would get in the way of the trailer.
Fourth and Final Thought for this Post
Hauling stuff by bike is really fun...and really easy to do. But the bikers reading this blog already know that. And if you are a skeptic saying..."well he has all that fancy bike stuff" (or something along those lines). My response is that you don't need any fancy bike stuff---just a bike you enjoy riding--but it does help. And while it may seem financially exorbitant or a luxury to some...the Mundo is the equivalent of something like two or three car payments, and the trailer is one or two. And as I always say...it's way more fun.