Okay, so I'd been putting off going to Smart & Final because... well, I don't want to drive the car (not that there's anything wrong with it except that it guzzles fuel - and I'm only putting $25 in it this month and that needs to last the whole month. So... NO driving except for emergencies and loads too large to carry on the bike.) and sometimes I just get nervous about locking the bike in places. So, I thought I'd be a real smartie and make a video on how to properly lock the bike... HA HA! Well, it wasn't until I got home and looked at the footage that I realized my own big FAIL - didn't get the frame inside the U-lock. Duh!!! Here's the proof! Otherwise it would have been perfectly locked. Proof below!!! However, both wheels and the seat we locked down with heavy cables all tied into the U-lock which was locked only to the metal railing. So, I will make a proper video and post it eventually.
The Bontrager panniers in the pic are full of groceries and each weighs about 20 lbs. I always tell them at Smart & Final that I have my own bags and will pack them myself. Here's what I hauled:
3 - 4-lb bags of powdered sugar
1 pint lemon extract
3 lbs tangerines
4 beefsteak tomatoes
1 ginormous container of spring lettuce
1 containter of mild fresh Rojo's salsa (the best!!!)
8 oz of Mexican shredded cheese
The panniers were pretty full but I could have squeezed in a few smaller items too. Then when I got home, there was a check in the mail, so after I unloaded I quickly biked down the opposite direction to the bank where as always I take the bike in with me and right up to the teller window. They know me well in there!
So, about 6 miles of biking. Not much, but I faced the bike locking demons yet again. Gosh, if someone ever stole my bike, I would be so distraught. I would be less distraught if my car were stolen! And I don't even have an expensive bike! I may have paid about $350 for it on sale (think it was originally about $500).