Hey guys! Ryan Castillo did a nice little story on things to do in Indianapolis, the home of ISWE. We contributed the N.I.T.E. Ride, which is an ISWE must! Check out Ryan's article here: https://www.redfin.com/blog/things-to-do-in-indianapolis-in/
One of the most satisfying things to do with Brommie is... SHOP!
There are few things more satisfying than making a store run on your own Brompton, under your own power, with your own bag.
Cashier: Paper or Plastic?
Me and Brommie: No thanks, we're good.
People: Oh man, that's a cool bike. Wow, that's cool. Nice bike! How much does one of those cost?
Frequent questions below the pics...
Bags? We have two front bags, C-Bag and Borough shopping bag (I think). The handle on the C-Bag is better for pulling the bike/basket. But, it's usually mostly full of commuter stuff, so room for a good bit of purchases but not a haul. Advantage of the C-Bag is I can shop when it's raining. With the flap closed and rain cover on, even the most sensitive purchases will stay warm and dry. The C-Bag has lots of pockets and stuff. Once you commute for a while, you can get things out of it without looking. That's a big plus. The shopping bag is much better for a shopping haul tho. Lots more room, and it's open at the top so people will clearly see you're just shopping like everyone else. We took off the shoulder strap on the C-Bag cause it tends to get in the way. The straps on the shopping bag are better. They help to hold things in (there are also two compression straps on the side that help as well). They can also be used as a shoulder strap when carrying stuff into the house or office. There's also a little zipper pocket on the inside for cards, keys, etc.
Tip: It's a bid harder to release a heavily loaded bag. To make it easier, add a block loop (see pics). This is just a small loop of paracord that goes through the hole in the carrier block latch and over the top tube. Instead of reaching under the bag to pull the latch, you can just pull back on the loop. Plus it's a good accessory. Jet's is a nice contrasting red :)
Overall, shopping cart mode is one of the things that separates Brommies from all other bikes. Periodt. Shopping cart mode, even if you're not using the bag for shopping, is the best way to move Brommies around when folded. My work desk (parking garage for Brommie or Jet) is a good ways away from the door to my building. Do I carry Brommie and a 15-20lb bag full of clothes and laptop all that way? No way! I effortlessly pull through. I also use shopping cart as a valet while changing into more suitable business attire. Imagine carrying a 26lb bike all the way to the back of Target... barbaric. Also not leaving your Brommie locked up to a rack outside... also barbaric lol. Keep your best friend with you, shop together in shopping mode, make other customers happy happy happy. Enjoy!
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