Finding your ideal stepthrough bike in Ottawa

When I was at my LBS the other week, a mom and her daughter were shopping for a nice upright bike.  I could tell it was hard for her to compare the pros and cons of different models because, well, everything about buying a bike was new to her. When she saw a bike with an internal gear system, she assumed it only had one speed.  (A reasonable assumption when you’re used to seeing Clicky McCog geared bikes everywhere.) There are two important questions to ask yourself before you start shopping: Do I need to…

Grocery shopping on a bike? Clip your pannier on your shopping cart

I saw a tip about clipping your bike's pannier onto your grocery cart on the Flat Iron Bike website last week and gave it a try over the weekend. Sure enough.  It works like a charm.  With your pannier(s) clipped onto the side of your cart, you've got more room for vegetables... or cheese or wine.  I'll leave it up to you to decide how best to manage your cartspace.  

Doing stuff on a bike: Groceries

Ditch the backpacks and the slinging of bags over your handlebars.  You can shop efficiently and effortlessly using your bike.  Depending on how much you buy in a single outing, your set-up can be very basic or (like me) "family-size". Easy options for small shopping trips: They're not very expensive and you can use your own reusable grocery bags that you probably already have. Panniers - You can use regular panniers from any bike shop.  Arkel and others have "grocery panniers" with a drawstring closures. Your pannier can even clip onto the side of a…