Here's my setup for shopping heavy. I use it to save gas and for shopping on Michigan Ave in Chicago, IL, USA.
It's a 2005 Kestrel Talon Ultegra 9 double 12 -27 cassette with Campy Eurus wheels - my favorite racing and training bike. Attached is a 2005 Burley Nomad.
When I ride with the Burley Nomad it feels like there's nothing there! The Nomad presents very little road and aerodynamic drag, and I can cruise 18 to 20 mph on this setup. If you use the Nomad with a CF bike then use the alternate hitch to prevent scratching the CF frame.
My other cargo bikes are a Giant OCR 1 with panniers and a Pacific mtn bike with panniers.
I normally bike in the Fat burning range when I commute, so 18 to 20 mph is my avg cruise speed.
Here's my 2004.5 OCR 1 stock with Jandd Commuter panniers. Hit 29.8 mph top speed on this (flats no wind), and I regularly cruise 18 to 20 mph with this setup even loaded up. I use this most of the time for shopping when not using my Kestrel Nomad setup. Total cost for this setup is $1204.79
Here's my upgraded Pacific mtn bike from Target. It has XT stuff on it with 2 Jandd Commuter Panniers. I use it for heavy duty shopping or when it's wet or rainy, but actually I prefer not to bike when it rains. It's worth $1141.15
I hit 27.6 mph top speed on it (flats no wind).
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