How much groceries can your EdgeRunner realistically carry… with two kids on board?

In short, the Edgy easily handled ~55 lbs of food (a mix of dense and fragile items), plus ~35 lbs of gear, and another ~215 lbs of humans, for a total of ~300 lbs!

We were low on the essentials so I took the boys out for a grocery run. I didn’t want to test what child-rearing was like without milk, yogurt, carbs, and more carbs. My goal was to keep it simple and buy only the important things. Nailed it! Except I didn’t. I was tricked into buying multiples of everything because of the marketing gimmick (genius?) of volume discounts. Buy four bags of chips to save $0.25? Sure, that totally makes sense!

The Light Switch was protective of the coffee. Like father like son:

  

This was my first time getting groceries with both boys on the Edgy. Like most errands with cargo bikes, this became an adventure. I always feel a sense of accomplishment after these adventures. Woo hoo! Bike dad did it! All the while I got exercise (burned fat, not money), bonded with the boys, avoided traffic, was kind to the environment, etc.

It wasn’t all easy though and I had to figure out a few things on the fly. With a heavy load and mini-Propects on board, I had to be careful with how I loaded and unloaded. First, I put the child carrier on, then strapped The Forgotten One in the carrier, then lifted The Light Switch out, then removed and packed away helmets and other loose items (thanks PorterPack!)…

then parked and locked the Edgy. Grocery shopping can now begin!

On my way out, I did everything in reverse with the added task of packing the groceries of course, which I did before putting the boys in their seats. The Forgotten One always goes in last so I do everything else with him strapped in the baby carrier. The Light Switch was intrigued by the different coloured bungees and was a good helper:

     

The packing and balancing were surprisingly easy. Heavy and dense items such as milk and yogurt were packed in the CargoBay bags to keep the weight low. Fragile items such as eggs and bread were packed in the PorterPack:

The only casualty of the trip was one single egg! That’s a solid yield. And yes, eggs probably shouldn’t have been at the bottom. The lightest stuff such as chips and ice-cream cones (stop judging) were in reusable bags on the top deck behind The Light Switch. Then I bungeed my backpack filled with diapers and snacks on top and voila:

     

It looked tight and tidy I must say. I wasn’t going for the overloaded look like a circus bear on a unicycle. Even still, the bike felt heavy, probably because it was my first time doing this. At no point did I feel unsafe though. I rode home most of the way with Level 1 (of 4) assist and sometimes with no assist at all just to feel the load. Overall, the weight was totally manageable. The added bonus was that after this trip, the Edgy with just the boys on it felt feather light! I’ll coin this phenomenon the theory of relativity. I hope it’s original.

My final grocery tally (from heaviest to lightest):

4 cartons of soy milk

3 bags of milk

3 dozen eggs

3 tubs of yogurt

1 bag of apples

1 bag of oranges

1 cooked chicken

2 loafs of bread

2 bunches of bananas(or “bonanzas”as The Peacemaker would say)

4 bags of chips

2 bricks of fine ground coffee

4 baby puree pouches

1 box of ice-cream cones

Have you carried groceries on your EdgeRunner?  Share some of your epic photos and stories below!

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