My grocery hike last week spurred me into action. I’ve always wanted to combine my run with a trip to the grocery store. But then how do you get the groceries home? I’ve never seen a ‘grocery jogger’, like a baby jogger. But then the thought struck me, why not just use a baby jogger? So I went looking for one that is inexpensive, doesn’t look like a stroller, and is convertible to a bike trailer. Found and ordered this one.
On the trip to the store, it was obvious that people thought I had a baby in there. That felt a little awkward. Also, the front wheel wobbled badly when I jogged. It was fine when I walked.
At the store, I pulled the front cover back, and used the carrier as my grocery cart. I got a few curious looks, but no negative reactions. The produce lady loved it, and so did another lady who walked by as I was talking to the produce lady.
On the way home from the store, the front wheel didn’t wobble at all. The carrier obviously needs the weight in order to operate properly as a jogger.
Distance each way is 1.35 miles. Total trip time was 80 minutes, with a full load of groceries, including a 16 pound bag of dog food.
One concern I have is with the way the front wheel sticks out. It could be a tripping hazard for someone at the store. I tried to maneuver the cart so the front wheel was never sticking out in the aisle. The front wheel extension is on a hinge, and can fold back underneath the cart for storage. So, I’m going to try to fashion a front wheel position that doesn’t stick out so far, for use at the store. Stay tuned…
5 thoughts on “Jogging for Groceries”
What an excellent idea! I’m glad you were happy with the jogger’s performance. I see what you mean about the front wheel sticking out – it will be interesting to see how you adapt.
Nice tile, by the way! 🙂
Thanks! I’m thinking on the front wheel. I need to come up with something for that.
Haha, yes, that’s the tile. Thanks. All done but the spots under the two corner posts. That is this week’s project. 🙂
I found your blog when searching for a ‘grocery jogger’. On this Earth Day 2022, it just feels like there is a market for a specifically designed ‘grocery jogger’ but I have not found it yet. I’m curious whether you continue to use the baby jogger, and whether you have any thoughts as I head in that same direction. Can you tell me what brand you purchased? Were you successful in continuing to shop this way? Any experience in snowy conditions? Thanks for your help!
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Wow, good job you for looking at grocery jogging as an Earth Day thing! I agree that there must be a market for a grocery jogger. I don’t have the grocery/baby jogger anymore. The brand was Instep, and it was a two-seater, very economically priced for a new one. I used it a few times for groceries, but then ended up switching to a bicycle for grocery trips, which I still do. I didn’t use the baby jogger in snowy conditions, and I think with the tiny front wheel it wouldn’t have done well in snow. I’ve seen some baby joggers with a larger center front wheel, and that might be better in snow. I also think the two-seater was unnecessarily large. A single seat jogger should be roomy enough to hold groceries for a couple. I just realized I haven’t done a blog post on biking for groceries, so I will make that a priority!
If you try your own version of grocery jogging, please let me know how it goes.
Good for you for biking to grocery shop! I’ll give it a go, look forward to reading your post. The ‘grocery jogger’ appeals because you can roll right into the store, no stopping to lock up. But locking up is a small price to pay, thanks for inspiring!
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