Monday, January 24, 2011

But will it work?

Monday, 24 January

Picking up from a thread of comments on a recent Facebook post here:

There's a relatively new business establishment along my commute route. It's an interesting concept, and I'd like to think that it might work: drive-thru grocery store.

Many times on my way home from work I think up the perfect meal plan, only to be foiled by some key ingredient I know I'm missing. I could stop at a regular supermarket, but I don't carry a bike lock with me and I'm reluctant to leave my dirty, fendered, heavy commuter bike unprotected for even a few minutes. A drive-thru grocery store could be perfect. Unfortunately, this one doesn't seem to carry the sort of thing that's likely to be missing from my pantry; I'm usually looking for veggies or rice or GF pasta. Maybe their inventory will expand or shift based on demand?

I'm hoping for a chance to visit this place. Also unfortunately, it's on a state highway, and in this particular stretch there is no bus lane, no bike lane, and no shoulder. But I'll try to get there and follow up with info on what price you pay for this convenience. I see they're looking to set up franchises, so you could bring one to your neighborhood too!


Argentius said...

Most "drive-through" establishments, Burgerville excepted after this debacle, (thanks guys!), are not especially friendly to bicycles in my experience.

Many expressly ban bicycles, and others unofficially do so for "security" reasons.

If you are on a road training ride, I can understand not carrying any kind of a lock, but, if you are commuting, there are many small, lightweight lock options that will at least deter a casual thief.

They make some retractable ones about the size of a tape measure, and half a pound or so.

A very thin combo cable may not stop bolt cutters for long, but prevents quick walkaways, at least.

Martin Criminale said...

I sure hope it works. How cool it would be to roll up on two wheels, grab what you need and throw it in your backpack/messenger bag/pannier? Very; that was rhetorical of course.

And in response to Mr. doom and gloom, I have ridden through quite a few fast food drive-through establishments and not been hassled or even questioned. The people behind the window are not making much and all they want is a smooth transaction in my experience.

Stoked said...

I'm amused that Argentius so thoroughly represents the bike industry's interests: buy another gizmo, it will solve your problems. ;)