Grocery Shopping Observations
My mom gave me a set of "grocery bag" panniers for Christmas and today I used them for the very first time. I loaded them with my wallet, my canvas grocery bags, and my bike lock and then headed on down the road.
The first thing I noticed is that the extra width meant I had to be extra-careful when swinging my leg over to get on the bike.
The second thing I noticed is that my heels tapped the panniers with every rotation unless I pointed my toes in an uncomfortable way.
The third thing I noticed was that my seat was waaaaaay to low. Again.
The fourth thing I noticed is that the bike rack positioning made it almost impossible to release the quick-release on my seat post.
The fifth thing I noticed that my seat was now too high, making the aforementioned pointy toe pedals the ONLY option.
The sixth thing I noticed was that 3 months of only riding my bike every once in a while had made me totally out of shape.
The seventh thing I noticed is that crossing the busy street to get to the store wasn’t too bad.
The eighth thing I noticed is that the only place to lock up the bike was on a handicap parking sign. That can’t be good.
The ninth thing I noticed is that two pannier and two canvas grocery bags fill an entire small push cart.
The tenth thing I noticed is that you shouldn’t select bread first when placing items in panniers.
The eleventh thing I noticed is that there isn’t room for the bulk purchase of fruit.
The twelfth thing I noticed is that there is no room to buy unplanned items just because they are on sale.
The thirteenth thing I noticed is that there is only room for one roll of paper-towels and that isn’t even going to fit in the panniers, but is going to have to be strapped to the rack.
The fourteenth thing I noticed is THANK GOD I DIDN’T NEED ANY SODA.
The fifteenth thing I noticed is that people should only be checkers at a grocery store if they can actually identify the fruits and vegetables without having to ask what each and everyone is.
The sixteenth thing I noticed is that the canvas bags are not appropriate for the panniers because they are too soft sided and that I would have to re-bad everything in two paper bags.
The seventeenth thing I noticed is that I am VERY good at space management (I could pack an elephant into a snuff box!).
The eighteenth thing I noticed is that I wasn’t the only person on a bike at the Tom Thumb.
The nineteenth thing I noticed is that you have to put the paper towels and canvas bags and bike lock on the rack BEFORE you put the panniers back on. Duh.
The twentieth thing I noticed is that the kickstand will not support the Giant after it has been loaded down with groceries.
The twenty-first thing I noticed is how cute and urban it looks to have lettuce and bread sticking out of my grocery bags. Just like a movie. sigh.
The twenty-second thing I noticed is that the bike weighs a ton after buying groceries and likes to fall over. A lot.
The twenty-third thing I noticed is that the panniers don’t get any skinnier after groceries have been added and I still have to be extra-careful when swinging my leg over.
The twenty-fourth thing I noticed is that all the bumps on the road made me glad I hadn’t bought any eggs and surprised that I still had my bread.
The twenty-fifth thing I noticed is that it is very satisfying to ride my bike to the grocery store rather than taking a car.