Grocery Getter Contest

General Rules.....

1.Grocery Getter..... your interpretation.
2. No price limit.
3. Must be able to transfer safely the following:

10# bag of dog food
5# bag of kitty liter,
1 gal milk and a pint of half and half
5# bag flour
Pkg of 8 rolls of tp,
1 loaf of bread 1# of spaghetti or other pasta
2 six-packs of beer
a 12oz bottle of maple syrup,
six cans of tuna, and 1 box of Tuna Helper
any reasonable substitutions of these items may be made.

5. Submission photos must show the grocery list loaded on the bike.
6. Conveyance may include trailer, sidecar, extensive racks, skyhook accessories, etc.
7. Judging based entirely on function and creativity.
8. Must be fixed.
9. All contest entries must be received by July 10, 2009.
10. Prizes to be determined by contest start.

The Winners:

Grocery Getter Contest Wow! Lots of creativity and problem solving here, all of these bikes are great! Judging these contests is not as easy as it seems, especially with such an impressive pool of entrants. It's obvious that everyone really put a lot of thought into their designs and their passion shows in the finished results. Here are my thoughts on the entrants. Nils Sandin.

Eric Goodman
Practical and functional pretty much sums it up. What I like most about Eric's design is that simply by removing the trailer, you have a normal bike. So if you don't have a gazillion bikes all for a specific function and/or you are limited on storage space, i.e. living in an apartment, then it makes sense to have a bike that you can take a hauling accessory like a trailer on and off as needed.
Nice use of items already on hand and I think that Eric wins the prize for least money invested. Clever conversion of the Trail-a-Bike too! Keeps a low center of gravity and distributes the weight evenly with the trailer wheel.

Olivier Alonzo
A true user/daily rider! Some practical and interesting ideas here: smaller, wider tire up front for stability and load bearing, nice low "dingle" gearing, second stem dedicated to front basket mount, rear wheel frame lock, chainguard, mudflap on front fender, kickstand, comfy handlebars with "aero" extensions and load balanced between front and rear.
I love the "beausage" of bikes used all year and this bike fits that ticket. But maybe the best thing about Oliver's bike is that it serves as an example of how to build a fully functional and practical utility bike without breaking the bank. Hey Oliver, you might want to keep on eye on that front tire, as it looks like the sidewall has begun to split. Gotta love riding on salty winter roads!

Benjamin Miller
Tail-Dragger! You guys should put some metal plates or carbide tips on the bottom of the rear rack to lay down some sparks at night!
Cool looking bike, the red rims, whitewalls and sissy bars gives it a Rat Rod look (which I'm a big fan of). I love that they reused the store sign for the rack and they did a great job of putting it all together without a workshop. That rear rack looks mega sturdy, just begging to haul a keg to a party. I have to say that you guys might want to bring the rear rack a good foot closer to the front of the bike somehow. There is a lot of weight in the back, especially with a load, wheelie city! No brakes? I'd be nervous riding this rig down a big hill with a load.

Bob Bird
Another practical user/daily rider, yea! Well thought out and practical design: reasonable gearing, cushy tires, lights and fenders. Bonus points for front and rear brakes; they really help with a heavy load.
It's funny where inspiration comes from sometimes and Bob's bathroom shelf design translated well for a rear rack that folds away. That's my favorite part of Bob's design; the rear rack folds down for the load and then flips up flush with the vertical rack. The wood looks great and I think it's awesome that Bob worked with his nephew on this project! Bet he learned a few things and had a great time.
I'm not sure what Bob's grocery commute is like but mine is kind of rough with potholes and a stretch of gravel road. So I would probably go to my local outdoor store and get some flat strapping and Nexus clip buckles to secure the bags in rough terrain.
I wish I had Bob's luck in finding the "magic" gear combo for vertical dropouts.

Brad Maddalena
Damn, that's a lot of bikes in that backyard, too bad I was out of town for that bike sale! This bike truly transformed from one step from the landfill to a beautiful ride.
Normally I think that colored chains and rims tend to be gaudy so I was surprised at how well Brad pulled it off in this build. I don't mind the lime green chain or rims and think it actually looks nice on this bike. True, I would have preferred silver rims and chain but he didn't build the bike for me! Front and rear brakes, yea!
Lots of beautiful little details on this bike work well together: bamboo wood inlays in baskets and frame, the woven baskets, the wooden grips, drilling and taping the fork crown for the front rack and the custom head badge. Aesthetically, I especially like how the lines of the front basket and mixte frame compliment each other. It looks like the front fender needs a little bit of work (gap at top) but that's just being way too picky, especially when some of my bikes do the same thing! I would have liked to have seen more detail pics showing the rear rack.
I thought this was the best looking bike of the bunch, everything compliments each other nicely and just "fits". I showed this bike to my wife and she said "So with all the bikes you've built, how come you haven't built anything like this for me?".

Carl Magnusson
Once again, Carl flexes some creative muscle. There are so many cool things happening at the same time with this bike that it's hard to list everything.
I friggin' love the fenders, (although I keep thinking Zeppelin!). This bike looks sweet on it's own without the racks and utility. Keeping stuff out of landfills? YES! 650b wheelset and front drumbrake goodness? YES! Making your own decals? YES! Front and rear racks with canti-post mounted braces? YES! Brick red Grand Bois Hetres tires? YES! (lovely) Tapered leading edge front fender (think flight) and drillium rear fender (think faux heat vent) design touches? YES! Ornate front fender unicrown fork mount? YES! Wooden box mounted to the rear rack? Um, it's OK and quite functional but I was hoping for something metal.
What about that silver platter? Ha! I went back and forth on whether the platter was either a ridiculous or a brilliant touch. All while Wheezing Maniac's "Dollar on a Platter" looped over and over in my head. I've decided that the silver platter actually works and I like it!

David Mahan
Now I knew ahead of time that David has access to all kinds of shop equipment for welding and fabrication while most of the other entrants did not, which maybe isn't really all that fair…but whoa. There is a point where creativity and ingenuity are so great that they override any perceived advantage due to equipment and workshop access/usage.
So David starts out with a coaster brake (I think) folder, strips it down, repaints it and converts it to fixed and that on its own is really nice. Then he fabricates a basket, fittings, brackets and a linkage steering system. Add some retractable coaster wheels (with parking brakes) and a matching paint job and voila! Of course, he's got the nice practical details as well: plastic tub for basket, fenders, chainguard, lights, front brake, kickstand, small rear rack and the reflective tape treatment.

Dennis Bean-Larson
Cool concept using an old fork to mount to the front axle. This design totally bypasses any potential fork/brace interference problems, good job Dennis. I have two front racks (one is a Cetma, the other is a Wald) that use the Wald-style braces that attach to the front axle. That design sucks, I hate it. Due to the width of those braces, they won't fit easily on any of the forks on any of my bikes! Even worse is the bike that I use it on has a disc brake and I'm running fenders. There is so much physical interference in the front axle area that the Wald-style braces are impossible to fit in there without modification.
This rack has a big, flat platform which is great for hauling large items. I like that Dennis kept the rack as low as he could to keep the center of gravity down and the vertical rack side doubles as a windscreen to keep bugs off you! Still, with the entire load up front and almost entirely forward of the front axle, handling will be seriously degraded. From a functional point of view, I'd like to see the platform of this rack closer to the headtube. To accomplish this, Dennis would have to rethink his handlebar setup, probably a shorter stem, cruiser bars and maybe trim that vertical windscreen. Maybe the best solution would be to use this rack on a different bike, which leads me to one of the cool aspects about this design. It can be mounted on any bike, and if you know Dennis then you know that he has plenty to choose from! It might be wise if Dennis choose a bike with at least one brake to mount this rack on (hint, hint).
By the way Dennis, we're still waiting for your sidecar design…

The Judge's Decision........

As corny as it sounds, there really aren't any losers here. All of these bikes fulfilled the contest's load hauling objectives and are both functional and practical. But one bike stood out from the rest…

Grocery Getter Contest Design Winner: David Mahan's custom folder. Part bike, part shopping cart, part pickup truck….all amazing.
Runner Up: Well, I couldn't decide between the two so I'm calling it a tie between Carl Magnusson's Soviet themed bike and Brad Maddalena's mixte bike. The fenders that Carl made are fantastic and Brad's bike is well balanced and simply lovely.

The winner gets a custom-embroidered BaileyWorks 254 Messenger bag for when the load is a bit lighter. All of the other entrants get a cool Grocery Getter tee shirt from Hell Yes Clothing. Thanks to all who watched, wondered, contributed or just thought about it. Great fun.

Additional donations are always accepted.