She now has a new rear rack, which I had installed because I wanted to my grocery shopping experience to be more streamlined. I was informed that a rear rack plus two more easy wheels would add stability and less rolling resistance while rolling her in cart mode.
In addition to the rack, she also has a black leather Selle An-atomica Saddle! I had planned for this saddle to go on the Bridgestone MB-3, but since Clarice came into my life, that project has gone on a bit of a hiatus due to a re-alignment of funding. It made sense to put this saddle on the Brompton, at least in the meantime, as it is provides for a more consistent and comfortable riding experience between Belle and Clarice.
Therefore, after the surgery, I took her back to Trader Joe’s to test the waters…
On one occasion, I only added a couple of items into the exterior mesh pockets of the Brompton T-bag.
However, because my heavy laptop was inside, the bicycle had a tendency to tip, in spite of having a rack. You can see my foot in in the photograph, helping to stabilize the load.
On another occasion, when the T-bag did not have the laptop, she was able to hold a fair amount of groceries out any signs of tipping. Naturally, there is a limit to how much the Brompton can handle, even with a rear rack, before it gives way to gravity, but I am glad I made the upgrade, as the overall stability and ease of rolling has been well worth the investment.