Cycling in Brisbane Australia
the main problem I have had is security, people see a bob and are curious and it is if it legitimises them to see into your shopping. Be sure to secure your gear. it is awesome for larger shops. just get a flag if you are keen to be seen. In the event you wanna trial one, my is just sitting in the room. yours to borrow...
I dont have a MTB at the moment so it is awaiting a trip to the Sunshine Coast or Adelaide. ie with a MTB.
Have found the bob great for stability and down hills just watch shared paths with bollards
in the way.
I take a couple of routes commuting back and forth to work and fortunately both take me past a woolies, and I'm only doing shopping for 2 so I stick to panniers, as long as I keep on top of the shopping I don't find it a problem, however getting 5-10kg bags of rice, palates of tinned tomatoes and cartons of beer is not really an option. So when I'm doing a big shop the car gets broken out...
Unfortunately the car is now broken, so a trailer maybe in order for big shops, and beer runs!
Stability wise I got the Topeak Super Tourist, so I can put the panniers lower down, but it did take some getting use to, the front of the bike feels very light when its heavily loaded.
FWIW I find a (single) carton of beer is fairly easy to carry by breaking it down and putting two six-packs in each rear pannier. It's enough to have a noticeable effect on handling, but not as bad as with a second carton on the rear rack (secured with a bungee cord or two) — for that the rear tyre really needs to be fully inflated, too!
The solution to the light front with a heavy load at the back is front panniers. Years ago when I went cycle camping, I found that a six-pack in one front pannier neatly countered the weight of the stove and fuel in the other. You get an amazing feeling of stability and weight with front panniers - a bit like riding a CityCycle, really.
Makes sense, just not very convenient for commuting, too many bags to pull on and off. I did hear that putting panniers on the front of the bike made the steering very heavy as well.
I would like to do some bike touring at some point (need to convince the girlfriend that this is a good idea) at which point front panniers are likely to be purchased and a handlebar bag, and a light weight tent and... (the list goes on!)
Just catching up with my morning blogs and found this probably very expensive set-up:
I have a Bob Cos trailer. Same hitching method, just a big, lidded plastic box on a chassis rather than the more up-market Yak. Parking is easy with a kick stand as long as it's a good quality one that fits near the rear drop-outs. The ones that fit near the bottom bracket are as good as useless when there's any load at the rear of the bike.