Whether you opt for a home-cooked menu or source your favorite fare from one of the city’s abundant take-out spots, food just tastes better when enjoyed al fresco. Warm summer days are the perfect time for a picnic by bicycle, to plan a gathering with friends and family or to orchestrate a romantic outing for two.
As you pedal to a park, beach or friend’s backyard, the following gear will help you transport and serve your feast in style, with ease and, when it comes to picnic ants, even a wink:
Top Photo: Buca Boot, $225
The shipshape styling of this weather-resistant cargo carrier recalls the decks of classic Chris Craft Runabout wooden boats. It secures small essentials with a keyed lock and opens wide for bigger loads, like groceries or the fixings for a picnic. (Think of it as a trunk room for your bike.)
Polyester canvas with leather trim and padded shoulder straps, insulated interior and wine storage pocket, comes with serveware for four, insulated pouch and water-resistant blanket
Gentleman’s Hardware Suitcase Style Barbecue designed by Wild & Wolf, $77 Portable, lightweight for outdoor grilling anywhere
Ants Plates, Set of 4, $20 Constructed of melamine, they look like their paper cousins, each is painted with tiny ants, 9 in.
Chillsner Beer Chiller, 2 pack, $17.99 For a consistently cold brew, freeze, insert into your favorite long-neck bottle of beer and sip through the Chillsner
Mark and Graham Picnic Blanket with Monogram, $49 (sale) – $79 Quilted cotton on one side, weather-resistant nylon on the other, carrying strap, 55 x 44 in.
Blackburn Local Cooler Saddle Bag Pannier, $79.99 Water-resistant panniers with insulated interiors, carry handles and straps, reflective details and an onboard bottle opener
For inspiration and helpful tips, check out:
- Some of our favorite picnic spots
- Foods that travel best in the cookbook The Culinary Cyclist
- Creative serving ideas on the velojoy Bicycle Picnic board on Pinterest.
This weekend, put down your kickstand, spread a blanket, uncork a bottle and lay out a feast to savor under the open sky or the shade of a tree. Go ahead, enjoy those deviled eggs — you’ll be pedaling off the calories on the ride home.
Photos: Courtesy of manufacturers, Research: Lucy Roberts