I have to drive for a my job so I'm not able to ride to work. I decided though that I'd start trying to ride more for other commuting reasons. While the bride is at work I was tasked with a run to the store. I was resolved that today would be the day I start riding more so come hell or high water I was biking it to the store. She gave me her list, which included a ten pound bag of cat food. "No problem.", I thought. Then she added, 'Oh and get a case of water.'. Balls! With my resolve wavering I got the old Performance panniers out (which haven't seen use in years) and I loaded up to go to the store with a light, cold drizzle falling. I had just enough room in the bags for the small stuff and then threw the case of water on top and strapped it down. The load was 25-30 lbs and threw the bike's handling off a little but it was manageable. Having not carried a load like this before I stuck to the bike path and side streets. It was only 4 miles round trip but it was a great ride and hopefully the start of much more commuting. PS. As a treat for my efforts I bought a sweet pair of fleece lined wool gloves for $10.