Kicked to the grocery store and picked up 18 lbs. (8.16 kilos) of groceries and distributed them between my two 488 cu. in. (8-liter) panniers and my 1000 cu. in. (17-liter) handlebar bag. When I got the loaded footbike moving it felt as stable as a motorcycle, but when I got home I had to take a slow little S-turn around my parked car in the driveway and almost lost it! (The same thing happened to me once on a motorcycle, too. Hang on to those grips!)
The handlebar bag is nice, but it’s suspended from the ‘bars by one bracket, and I didn’t like the way it sagged under the weight of the groceries (maybe 8 lbs. or 3-4 kilos worth).
So I’ll be moving to the late touring cyclist Ken Kifer‘s solution – a rack
trunk bag mounted on top of a front rack.
There’s a Cannondale trunk bag that’s almost as big as my handlebar bag, which is perfect for bringing my food to work for the day. (My office isn’t footbike-close to any restaurants or groceries.)
And there’s still one front rack with a top that I know of.
Of course, reading Kifer’s day-by-day accounts of his tours is making me consider touring on the footbike (in motels, not camping).
(BTW he rode his bicycle with a solar panel mounted across his rear panniers that charged a battery during the day, which he used to power a laptop in camp at night!)
I saved these pages as text files and converted them to Palm documents with open-source Macintosh software and read them on my ancient Palm Pilot. (I do the same with books from Project Gutenberg). Very entertaining adventure lit, along the lines of Joshua Slocum’s