Doing the shopping

Panniers mean your bike carries the load, not you Credit: Rosie Collins

Doing the shopping on your bike is much easier than you’d think – no fighting for a parking space, or taking lots of bags on crowded public transport. The most comfortable options are a trailer or panniers. Trailers can be expensive, but are a good investment – a well-built trailer will last for years. They may not be ideal for use on busy roads. Panniers are a cheaper option and can take a lot of shopping – usually about 16-18 litre capacity per pannier. See our info on ‘Travelling with your bike’ for more advice on carrying loads.