Originally Posted by rockDAWG
How do you carry your grocery (two bags) on the bike, using a backpack?
Have a Bike Friday. bikefriday.com It's their touring model with a heavier duty frame, braze ons for adding racks, 20" tires and folds into a large suitcase that can be set up as a trailer
and towed behind the boat or shipped as normal luggage on the airlines. Have front and rear panniers, saddle bags, that can carry more than a couple of loaded grocery plus a case of beer
on the rear rack. For bulky but fairly light items the suitcase/trailer will carry a lot stuff.
Have a couple other bikes but prefer riding the Bike Friday as it's so comfortable and easy to ride. Handling is a little quicker than my full size touring bike but nowhere near twitchy or challenging. Pedaling performance is comparable with 27 gears from the 9speed cassette and 3 speed rear hub. Do give up a little rolling resistance for the smaller tires but at 80psi it's not much.
I'm north of 7 decades and not in very good shape but can easily do 10 mile jaunts with a few serious hills thrown in. Bike lives in it's suitcase in the V berth when underway, on deck
in port and shipping
as regular baggage on the airlines. Fold the bike into a canvas
bag for transportation ashore in the dinghy
. Used the bike for almost all transport when I was getting the boat ready for the sail to Hawaii
from Alameda. Carried sails
, pulpits etc. on the suitcase/trailer and other parts
and provisions in the panniers. Frame is steel
but with regular freshwater wash downs and WD40 it's still looking good after more than 5 years. Biggest issue is it takes 15 minutes or more to fit into the suitcase. Not a big thing as only do that for passages or airplane transport. Bike folds into the canvas bag almost instantly. So it's not an instant use bicycle for ducking into port for an overnighter without spending the time to assemble/unfold if you keep it in the suitcase, not the canvas bag.