I went shopping today, and this is the awesome bike after I went to Aldi and Officeworks

And this is how much I manage to get home on the bike today: 


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Comment by Neil Alexander on June 23, 2012 at 5:53pm

Well done. More than most people carry home in their SOV SUVs.

I must remember to post a photo of the load of groceries which often follows my bike, or my wife's, home after a major shop...

Comment by Snowy_5 on June 23, 2012 at 9:14pm

Good on you, Helen. Keep on shopping on bike.

I do always shops on bike and do sometimes overload it. Today I bought 4 cartons of 1litre Devondale long life milk  at $1 each from Coles and loaded it in each Ortlieb panniers and 2 on the rack. And I need some more of that on next trip to stock up.

I can`t take a pic of it today due to unstable load and rode wobbly home in traffic. Cars gave me space due to what they saw me. :-)

Last year I took a pic of my full load of groceries in panniers on the way home from Fairfield to Ermington of unopened new cycleway near M4 at Holroyd.

Comment by Helen Leung on June 23, 2012 at 11:02pm

Yeah, with overloading, I used to put panniers on both sides + the basket and before I got the good kickstand that I've got now, the bike used to fall over on to me when fully loaded whenever I stop, like when I try to unload all the stuff once I got home or when I'm locking it up to a rack at the shops. (one of my good friends laughed when I said that Im going to buy another kickstand, but it makes an enormous difference when the bike is loaded with 10 kg of groceries!)

I really want to live a car-free or at least a minimal-car existence, and living in Sydney, I think it's definitely doable most of the time. 

Thanks for the tip about the milk on specials @ Coles! I'll go get some too :)

Comment by dr bean on June 24, 2012 at 7:00pm

Oooohmygoodness - I *totally* overdid it on Friday night loading the bike with shopping. I'd never yet done a green-grocery shop by bike, and kept meaning to, and it just worked out for that night: a 2-litre bottle of laundry liquid, pasta, a bottle of something else, fruit and veg for the week (and my work bag, plus a few books)... even with my big panniers it only just all fit, with the tips of two leeks poking out the end of one pannier! Getting home was a *real* workout. :-)

As a matter of interest, Helen, what exactly is the 'awesme bike'? - it looks suspiciously like a Gazelle to me...

Comment by Helen Leung on June 24, 2012 at 7:17pm

wow! I'm seriously impressed with how much you got home!! :)

yeah, I'm not creative enough to christen it any particularly name, so it's just the awesome bike to me... it's a Gazelle Esprit from last year :)

Comment by dr bean on June 24, 2012 at 7:24pm

They're big panniers, with huge clips to keep them shut, and with one each side I was pretty balanced (if totally overloaded :-).

Gazelles are pretty awesome, I agree, was just curious as to whether I was actually seeing what I thought I was!

Comment by Neil Alexander on June 24, 2012 at 9:00pm

It was a beautiful day for cycling and shopping today. Here's how my wife brought home a "moderate" (rather than major) shop-load today. A major load is when the green bags are piled up above the edge of the basket and held on with ocky straps.

BTW, the centre stand is fantastic for stabilising this rig while loading up. At home, the trailer detaches and wheels into the kitchen for unloading direct to the frig and cupboards. Try that with a 4WD!

Comment by Snowy_5 on June 24, 2012 at 9:42pm

That`s nice,Neil. :-)

I`ve seen other riders using same rear trailer in Fairfield and other areas the other day. I`d like this but due to no room in my unit for it to store away as I`ve got 4 bikes inside.

I`d like the front pannier rack and my 2 Bad Blacks got no holes in asymmetrical forks. As I will be using loads on my bike from shopping.

Few pics from my purchases been shown on this site on my bike.

Neil, Looks like you need to rub the rust away at rear wheels of trailer and spray silver/black paint to make it like new.

Comment by Helen Leung on June 24, 2012 at 11:51pm

Yeah, that's really nice Neil :)

Is it a struggle to go up hills with that? When I try to get on the harbour bridge from the city side, I ended up rolling backwards, and that's when it's just me, without carrying anything extra.

Comment by Neil Alexander on June 25, 2012 at 10:02am

It's not a load you'd want to go very far with on anything but flat roads, preferably with a tailwind. But for the two km trip to and from the supermarket the hills are tolerable. Fortunately it's more downhill on the way home.

The trailer was built by frame builder Jim Lemon in the 1980s, I think, and sold in numbers by Bicycle NSW. Charlie Vassel, the face of the organisation at the time, apparently bought Jim's whole stock of about 150 and flogged them off enthusiastically in an amazingly short time.

Handling-wise you need to be cautious on descents with a big load because braking efficiency is reduced and, when unladen, the trailer can easily roll over if you corner too fast or if it hits a bump. Low tyre pressures reduce the tendency for it to bounce, a bit, but slow you down when towing heavy stuff.

The towing bike has a triple crankset with a 24T ring so even steep uphills can be conquered if they are not too long and one is patient. The hill out of Artarmon Reserve is a bit of a challenge but I can usually just make it. SHB? Forget it! Too far away anyway for this set-up. Train is the go across there with big loads.


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