The Only Bike at Tesco

Our quiet rural outpost, Alsager, is not at the cutting edge of anything.  Things do happen here, but only a few years after they have happened elsewhere.  So you won’t be surprised that heads still turn when I go shopping by bike and trailer at the local Kidsgrove Tesco.  After all, Tesco has a carpark, not a bikepark.

The trailer I use is a ….. I’m not very good at remembering brands.  Anyway it’s a trailer.  It attaches to the back axle with a special gadget, and it can carry three large shopping bags, or about the weekly shop for a family of five..  Now and then I overdo the shopping and have to ride home  with something strapped onto the back rack, including one recent occasion when the lucky item was a packet of loo rolls which proceeded to fly off as I hit a pothole and were picked up and returned to me by the strange woman who walks a lot.  See, Alsager does have interesting things happen!

My only criticism of the trailer is the connecting joint, part of which is a thick wire spring to provide flexibility.  This tends to stretch and then contract as I ride along, creating the strange sensation of someone rhythmically  pulling me backwards, and no doubt increasing the work I do by,  at an estimate,  maybe 5%?  I tell myself that this is a good thing.  More exercise per mile.  More bang for my buck, as brash Americans and – God help us – even some British politicians  would say.

Where I lock up at the supermarket I have only once seen another bike.  It was July 2011.  But there is a sad bike lock round a pole waiting touchingly for its bike to come back.  Perhaps one day it will awake to find that the cargo bike revolution has reached our neck of the woods…

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About abikerideaday

I like riding my bike about for work and for fun. Having a blog lets me sound off and generally express things. If you like my blog, please pass the address on to other cyclists in the area!
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One Response to The Only Bike at Tesco

  1. Grace says:

    Trailer looks great. I have never seen one, even in Oxford, which is cycle city.

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