Before I got started with biking, one of the biggest things that were keeping me from doing it was the fact that I thought bikes were inconvenient for when you have to carry things.
Cars have trunks.
Vans and trucks have cargo space.
Riding a bicycle meant for me that I would have no way whatsoever to carry something I just bought, or something I needed to bring with me some place.
It just felt terribly inconvenient.
Add that to the thought of “what if it rains?”, then you’d definitely be discouraged from riding bikes.
I know I was for the longest time.
But then I decided to seek out ways in which you could carry your things on a bike.
I learned that it’s not impossible, and that it’s actually not as inconvenient as it may seem, even though it might be just a little bit harder to pedal when you are carting around full loads.
But I have managed to do my food shop and carry it all home on my bike, so things aren’t that bad at all.
The first thing I realised was that baskets on bikes aren’t just for little girls on bikes anymore.
I installed one on the handlebars of my bike, then fixed one to the back of my seat (had to do a little welding here and there) and before I knew it I had two baskets in which to put groceries.
Of course you can put just about anything you want or need to stow away in the baskets you just installed.
What I Keep In My Basket
I’ve done everything from food, to booze when I went for a quick liquor store run, and even to books and notebooks.
I even once biked home with the two baskets full of groceries, with two more bags hanging from the handle bar.
If you decide to do something like this please shop at a store closer to your home so you won’t struggle too much.
Of course if you would rather not ruin the streamlined design of your bike with welding baskets, the next thing you can do is to put the storage space on your person.
Think Baskets Are for Girls, OK!
I have another bike that I like to use here and there, but I didn’t alter it by adding any baskets so instead when I need to carry things I bring a fairly large sized backpack which is actually quite convenient.
The only thing is it gets heavy on your back after a while but if you want to keep your bike pristine, then this is the way to go.
A bonus—I carry my gadgets and wallet round my neck in a pouch bag attached to a neck lanyard.
I don’t want to have to reach into my pockets for them, and in the past I’ve actually lost a wallet and a phone because I was pedaling a bit too vigorously and didn’t notice they’d already flown out of my pockets.
I also recommend putting your keys on neck lanyards which I got from here.
Carrying things on a bike isn’t as difficult as it may seem, and it’s definitely possible.
Unless of course you’re carrying home a TV you’d just bought, or some other large thing…then you’re better off tossing those in the car.
Whatever you do, just don’t end up like this guy: