Apart from all the obvious things like good views, fresh air and exercise, bikes are also great for carrying shopping. The first time I tried, I’d called in at Waitrose on my way home and loaded my bags up with bike friendly items like cartons of almond milk. I did a mental fist pump for managing to get everything in neatly but when I moved my bike the penny dropped. I needed enough stamina to get my shopping home! It temporarily taught me a valuable lesson in not overestimating my own strength.
And I say temporarily because last time we went to the Farmers’ Market I filled both pannier bags full of goodies. My favourite plant stall was there so I stocked up even though I didn’t really have the space. Luckily I had string in my bag and managed to tie six plant pots to the rack. The only downside was my rear end felt like an anvil all the way home. Will I ever learn? Probably not.
My trusty piece of string also helped me get some carboot bits home – a wicker basket, a craft kit, crochet blanket, pack of tennis balls, a book about cupcakes and a rubber duck.
The moral of the story is you don’t need a car to do your shopping. As long as you don’t mind sweating.
Hooray for bikes!