Alex and I just returned from a trip to the supermarket (1.5 miles away), where we utilized my new trunk pack and a standard backpack. Here is what we purchased:
- 2 bottles of juice
- 2 loaves of bread
- 1 lb. of pasta salad
- 8 containers of yogurt
- 1 container of hummus
- 2 bags of pita chips
- 1 lb. of chicken breasts
- 3 different types of cold cuts
- 2 boxes of long pasta
- 1 jar of pasta sauce
Most of the items fit into my Topeak MTX Trunk Bag DX with Side Panniers. The only thing that Alex ended up carrying on his back in the backpack is the juice and the pasta salad. I think if I organized my items better, I may have been able to carry all of it in the pack on my rack. (But, then again, if I was shopping alone, I wouldn’t have purchased all the juice. Alex is some kind of juice-drinking monster.)
The only problem we encountered was parking our bikes. Aside from the posts indicating handicapped spaces, there was little space for us to lock the bikes. We ended up attaching the bicycles to the structure that contains the shopping carts. It wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t ideal, either. I’d rather they install some high quality bike racks, maybe encourage more people to take their bikes instead of their cars.
I just sent an email to the manager of this store to see what can be done about installing bicycle racks. We’ll see what happens.
(In case you’re wondering, I didn’t purchase any fruits or vegetables because I buy my produce at the farmers market once a week. The market is in town on Saturdays and Sundays. I missed my chance today… so I’ll go tomorrow morning.)