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« Cargo Bikes ♥ Trader Joe's »

The intersection of cargo bike fans and Trader Joe's devotees is well-established. The Seattle xtracyclists at Car Free Days have documented a number of epic hauls, including this $187.93 grocery run. Bakfiets loads dwarfing their child occupants also abound, as well as other Dutch Trader Jan van der Grocery Getters.

A new Trader Joe's opened this weekend in Ballard, one block off my bike commute, so to commemorate this happy happy day, we went a little nutty on our first shopping trip there. Total cost: $211.88. 5 big reusable grocery bags, plus assorted beers, plus papier de toilette. Yeah, and that's on the austerity plan budget.

Not sure what the weight was, enough to make things waggly in the back until I got my hands and cadence steady. Most likely still under the purported Madsen Cycles 600lb limit, however.

So in an homage to other cargo cyclistes out there, here are my grocery trophy shots. I would have included a child for perspective and bonus points, but it was sub-zero, so I thought I'd avoid a frozen totsicle. Not sure about the insulative properties of Two Buck Chuck. Whatchyou bringing home, and how are you bringing it?

Quoth Mr. Chi-City: "Baby get your snack on, feel comfortable, you breathing heavy as hell, I know you hungry ..."

Grocery load dwarfs our kitchen floor, in surface area and in cost

Consume with beer.Also, in case you missed it on Car Free Days, here is a MUST-SEE Trader Joe's ditty. My new favorite odd little TJ's treat? TOM YUM CASHEWS!

Ah TJs, we love you so. Even if you're owned by Teutonic discount store magnates.


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Reader Comments (7)

great post! we love the new T.J.s; we must live in the same neck of the woods. Our Madsen arrived this last week -- still putting it through its paces, but so far very impressed, and the kids (and groceries) love it. Madsen will be up here this weekend at the Seattle Bike Expo. Great pics.

March 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterghd

I wish that TJs had been there when I lived in that neck of the woods! I'm sure it will be appreciated. Awesome grocery shot :)

March 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

Welcome back from that sleep-deprived fuzz called "new, wonderful baby zone". I hope he, and Daddy and Momma are doing well. Wish we had such a thing as Trader Joes. The closest we can come to it is Publix and New Leaf Market, a co-op up in Tallahassee. Here in Crawfordville, our only choices are Winn Dixie and Mal Wart. We cannot afford Winn Dixie. We just got a new Dollar Tree, so we have been using it a bit lately.

March 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDadabean

Wonderful post. I was pulled in by the writing. Since we are sharing, here is a photo of my grocery getter. I find that one carabiner, through the handles of all of the bags, keeps everything snug and closed.

March 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTravis A. Wittwer

Hi Julian,

Nice haul. Looks like you don't have to carefully pack the Madsen, you can just throw it all in the back and ride away.

I have yet to try the Tom Yum Cashews. I'll have to look for them next time I'm at TJs.


March 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranne

Thanks y'all! What are your fave TJs treats? We're also partial to those "Snappea Crisps" that look like peapods ...

March 14, 2009 | Registered CommenterJulian / Totcycle

WOW - that's a lotta stuff!

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDottie

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