I took my first trip on my new bike today. Went to the grocery store to do the weekend shop. I took a short journey for about 2/3 of the trip so I could ride on a less busy road. I took the busy route home, and that was fine too. Six pack of beer, bag of groceries (mostly light stuff). Stuck my handbag and a bottle of water in the basket too. I have a cheap pannier/backpack from IKEA on the back that held a half gallon of milk, a cooler full of frozen food, and my humorously large chain lock.
Funny story: I’m riding this beast of a bike home, loaded up with groceries, and wearing a dress. A “biker” decked out in spandex and clippy shoes whizzed past me and shot me a dirty look. Yeah dude, you’ve got speed, but I’ve got comfy clothes and beer. In hindsight, I should of just offered him a beer lol.
Before I went to the store, I took our kid for a few laps around the apartment complex. He’s never ridden in a bike child seat before (we used a trailer before), and we wanted to have the first trip be short in case he was anxious. About half way around I asked him “is this better than the trailer?” And he gave me a very enthusiastic “yeah!!”. More fun for the kiddo, more fun (and a whole lot easier) for mama. Win-win!