Moe’s grocery gitter

As Jack predicts for a European style bike to be the next fad, I have quickly jumped on the opportunity to be the one of the originators of the ‘European Style Grocery Gitter’ Trend.

I’ve been looking for a decent Vintage bike to convert, but with the Fixed Gear craze that doesn’t seem to fade, vintage bike prices are up there.

Moe’s Grocery Gitter

So I decided to convert the Breezer Villager 7 into my grocery gitter. Since the Villager 7 is already outfitted with fenders, chainguard, insect-like handlebars, bell, 7 speed Nexus hub, rear rack and a lighting system, all I had to do is add the Wald Baskets that Jack recommended.

Front Basket

Rear collapsible basket

I still need to buy the other rear collapsible basket and re-locate the front light.

Pooch not included.

I need to buy some food for my pooch tomorrow, so this will be the perfect maiden voyage for my ‘Grocery Gitter’.

Do you have a ‘Grocery Gitter’? If you do, send us your pictures, we would like to post them on the site!


  1. Ghost Rider

    “You were into it before anybody!”

    My, that is a smart-looking rig. I love those Nexus hubs, and the black baskets are sleek…looking good, Moises!

    I need to figure out some sort of chainguard/chaincover for my bike…that’s really the only thing missing on mine, but I have to contend with a rear derailleur instead of an internal hub, so I’m gonna have to cobble something together.

  2. Justin

    My commuter has been looking like this for a while. I’ll get a picture and post it soon.

  3. Rick

    I went grocery shopping yesterday. Among the things I bought were a 20 pack of Coors, 24 rolls of toilet paper and a pack of 126 diapers. As I pulled up to my house, my neighbor said I should take a picture of the bike.

    I now wish I would have. my grocery gitter is pretty boring without the groceries.

  4. Ghost Rider

    Rick, send a picture anyway…we’d like to document our readers’ utility rigs because they are such a great idea!!!

  5. RL Policar

    I’m sorry guys, but front baskets are not my favorite. They make a bike all squirly. My daughter has one on her daily commuter and when she loads it up with her books and lunch, she has a harder time controlling the bike.

  6. Ghost Rider

    It really depends on the bike and the mounting position of the basket. French porteurs back in the day all had a low platform or basket over the front wheel — coupled with slack headtube angles, this made for a very stable load-hauler. Check out some pictures here:

    The same goes with modern bikes — it really depends on what the angles are and how close you can get the bottom of the basket to the top of the front tire. A cruiser would be a better candidate than a racier bike. For loading: heavy stuff on the bottom, lighter things near the top and all is well.

    Another trick might be to try wider handlebars. This seems to help control the squirrellyness (sp?) a lot more.

  7. Rick

    I would like to think I am not an idiot, but I am not sure. I have been looking for about ten minutes, and cannot find an email address to send the pictures to. Any help?

  8. Ghost Rider

    You can click on the text just below the “Just Ask Jack” photo in the right-hand column, or email stuff to

  9. Moe (Post author)

    I have restored the About Us page, there you can find email addresses for any of the Bike Commuters Crew.

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