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Aug. 23rd, 2009

11:14 pm - Yo, pump it up ... to the max!

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Date:August 24th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
Don't cycle with carrier bags please! They unbalance you, and you will fall off / get hit. I've seen it happen too many times in Oxford.
A rucksack is your friend. Possibly in combination with panniers and baskets. The advantage of a rucksack being that you can carry it into the shop and have a good idea of the volume of Stuff that you can buy before you run out of room.
Camping shops sell big rucksacks. You can get a lot of shopping in them. They are also useful if you go shopping on the bus or by foot. If you buy them in the sales, they are even cheaper.
If you're worried about the weight limit on your bike, you may find that you need to make more small shopping trips rather than one big one. That's not really a disaster.
I honestly don't think you need a trailer - I have never seen one attached to a folding bike, and I'm not sure it would be terribly safe to do so.
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Date:August 24th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the warning - I wouldn't normally cycle with carrier bags, so this was just a case of "Oops, bought too much stuff, how do I get it home?" Now that I've done it once, I have a better idea of how much I can fit into the bag.

I used to have a big camping rucksack when I was in the Scouts, and that would potentially be a useful thing to have again, e.g. for holidays, so I'll keep an eye out for any sales.

As for multiple trips, the main disadvantage is having to slog my way up that huge hill. Ah well, it's good exercise, and hopefully it will get easier with practice; I used to struggle with a couple of hills near work that I now race up in 2nd (middle) gear. I'm not too concerned about hitting weight limits: I've lost 10kg since last October, so I can carry extra luggage now.
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Date:August 25th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
old karrimors (20yrs old ish) with a self adjusting back and hip belt are excellent and go for cheap on ebay

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