Some readers asked for more information about the shopping trip I made with the De Fietsfabriek Bakfiets. I’m happy to oblige.
As I mentioned before, last week I ran into my friend Elizabeth talking to the shop owner, Jon. When I commented on how cool the Bakfiets looked, he said I could borrow it, if I ever needed to. My ears perked and I soon took him up on the offer for a trip to Costco. Such is the life of a car-free bargain hunter.
For those who are not familiar with Costco, it’s a store where you can buy products in bulk for incredibly low prices, after paying a modest annual membership fee. Everything is really big there. I recently joined to reduce our household grocery budget, after I realized they carry many of the organic products we like.
These pictures don’t portray the full magnitude of the shopping trip. I filled the super-sized cart with stuff like 12-pound bags of rice, 5-pound bags of frozen broccoli, gallon jars of artichokes, and 24-count cases of bottled micro brew. Mr. Dottie kept saying that there was no way everything would fit in the bike. Once we wheeled everything outside and prepared to load the box, I, too, began to worry. A few minutes later, however, the cart was empty and the box still had room. I don’t think we could have fit it all in the trunk of mid-sized car! With the Bakfiets set in 2nd gear, the ride home was slow, but did not require much more effort.
(My cats have no opinion on the box bike, but were happy with the boxes it brought home to them.)
Discovering how much a bike could carry was an eye-opener!
We’ve discussed grocery shopping on a bike before, but this takes it to a whole ‘nother level. Anyone else make trips like this by bike? Or carried other kinds of large loads?