Please feel free to count the number of urban yuppie/hipster cliches in this tale of utility cycling.
So, I read on twitter than my local Whole Foods was now selling growlers of fancy-ish and/or local beer. I decided to get on my bike and see if it was possible to transport a growler home successfully- I tried the other night and now I have a scarf and bag that smell a little too much like Eggenberg Pils for my liking. This time I was determined to avoid spills, or at least mitigate the negative externalities of spilled beer, namely smelling like a sort of foppish frat house. I decided to forego the pannier approach, which I think ultimately failed because I couldn't keep the growler upright, and instead opt for the basket+bungee chord method. To be frank, I would say that I both lack the ability to solve problems pragmatically and a true dearth of mechanical vision. Ergo, figuring out the best way to loop the bungees was a challenge. I decided to go with this approach on my way there ------------------------------------------->
That's three bungees- one of which I put through the jug handle because that seemed like a sorta good idea in the way of stabilizing the beer. I rested the beer on some Peace Corps reusable grocery bags. This picture was taken with my iPhone. (If you've been counting cliches, I think we're now in the double digits).
|Does this look secure? I thought so.|
Anyway, the ride there was pretty uneventful. Not too many cars on the road, pretty much no one else on a bike. When I got to Whole Foods, I was again reminded of bicyclists status as second-class citizens as evidenced through the carefully cleared bike parking facilities. I forewent parking atop the Matterhorn and elected to instead lock my bike up directly in front of the store. After I finished shopping for the other items on my list (slivered almonds- I got sliced instead-, goat cheese and chocolate cake. The first two items are for brown rice cakes and the cake is to bring to a going away party for colleagues moving to Nigeria for work), I went my refill my growler. I chose the Flying Dog Garde Dog, which according to their website is a "
|Beerkeep, with cheese in foreground.|