Part of my xmas presents, were a pair of panniers!
Oh yes, I have been going on about it for a while and my mum very kindly gave me some money as pressie that I could spend as I wanted (she said “I know nothing about bikes, I don’t even know what panniers mean!” bless her.)
Edinburgh Bicycle Coop, although it wouldn’t be my choice for buying a bike (now that I know a little more about the subject) is pretty good at everything else… including January sales! I got the panniers, no special brand, from them as they had 25% off!
This morning I went food shopping and decided to test them, so Vita stayed home and me & Barolo headed out, against a windy but blue sky 🙂
They are brilliant! I did a decent weekly shop, with heavy items such as 4l milk, olive oil glass bottle, pasta and tin tomatoes cans. The bike handled beautifully. Result! When I do a big shop on Vita, although it can carry just as much, the handling of the steering becomes much more difficult and arduous. Barolo instead was great and even kept its lightness, I got home in no time!
As I was filling the panniers a gentleman walked past me, heading for the Aldi car park and remarked: “Yours is the best way to get around!”… nice uh?! I nodded and said that it’s pretty good not having to suffer traffic jams! Perhaps he may pick up his bike next time he goes to the supermarket?
PB and I got some pretty nice bike related xmas pressies… more on another post. Between cycling and allotmenteering my presents are all pretty much sorted, and I love it! It may be sad for some, but receiving cycle stuff and veg seeds make me as happy as larry! What can I say, it’s the simple things in life that count 😉