When I started bike commuting I realized how many stores were more or less on my way home: Trader Joes, CVS, Target, Safeway, Bev Mo and more. The challenge was having the right bags and estimating how much I could carry before I checked out. Now I’ve figured out some techniques that work every time, even at a big box store like Costco, where economy size means a six pack of economy size items.
At Costco the first challenge is bike parking. I guess they didn’t plan on shoppers arriving by bike, so there’s no bike rack. I make do by locking Zella Mae to a sturdy bench.
After a quick pass through the store, here’s what I had. Will it all fit on my bike? I’m not so sure about the Ziploc baggies and the roasted chicken. Hmmm…
Since my reusable bags fit exactly in the grocery panniers on Zella, I do quick test-packing to see if I can carry it all. Success!
I’m clear so I run through the checkout. As usual, the guy working checkout tries to cram it all in the two bags, then gives up. So I repack the bags outside and slip them into Zella’s panniers, segregating the hot chicken from the cold items and roll home. The spinach bolani was excellent, by the way.
When you shop by bike, how do you figure out how much you can carry? Have you ever had to return something because it wouldn’t fit?