After skipping last year, I rode the Supermarket Street Sweep again, with two friends. This is a fundraiser / food drive for the SF Food Bank, combined with a little light competition to collect the most food or collect it the fastest.
It was an amazingly successful year for the food drive— 149 cyclists brought in 10,615 pounds of food, about 2,500 pounds more than the previous record.
A few photos snapped along the way…
An impressing tower of cases of ramen (which almost tipped over):
One of the more serious cargo loads:
Parking lot loading:
And,somehow, we made it last last few miles with over 300 lbs of food between us, and no bent wheels or crashes.
On a personal note, I also set a record for the most weight I’ve ever carried by bike— after collecting about 20 lbs of food in 2010, and 100 lbs of food in 2011, this year I hauled 156 lbs (of dry beans, peanut butter, orange juice, pasta, and lots of rice), with the two extra-deep panniers, a large backpack, and a rack: