Suppose I carry my bag of ice in my tricycle basket and ride my tricycle from Publix (North Monroe Street) to my apartment in just 5 minutes. How long can a bag of ice sustain the heat from the sun? Could it be about 3 minutes? Walking while carrying a bag of ice for 15 minutes back to my apartment is not feaseable, so it will be hard to break the ice apart when filling my glass up with ice for some tea, which is my favorite (Lipton with sugar and Splanda (white) mixed in).
I ask this because I don't think that many apartment complexes have an ice maker in the freezer in Tallahassee. I'm very picky about apartments whether they have an ice maker or not, so when I go to apartments.com/apartmentguide.com, well, they may mention refrigerator, but that's about it. I do try to keep a water-filled ice tray flat while carrying from the sink to the fridge and reach up to the freezer, but it's not that easy for me.
Since I've been living in my apartment across from Tallahassee Community College, Publix is about 1.8 miles away with steep hills from Ocala Road to West Pensacola Street. I once had an accident while riding a single-speed bicycle down towards Pensacola Street and my bike went very fast without pedalling and I once had to make my bike fell down in the sidewalk and not in the street. I was lucky I did not end up in the emergency room, but I went to the convenient store to get a bandage and have the staff at the convenient store cover either the lower or upper part of my right arm near my elbow, which I didn't remember correctly, though. And no, it's not ice, but just groceries that I put in my backpack.
PS: I once bought a tricycle recently (early this year) but since I live in the second floor of my apartment just to get TV stations (WTWC, WTXL, WTLH, and WCTV with Channel Master 4221, or WTWC, WTXL, and WTLH with CM4221HD; CM4221/CM4221HD is not a problem receiving WFSU) and it is pretty difficult to position and direct them at NNE to NE, it is not feaseable to carry my trike up and downstairs by only me without lots of strength and handling of my trike. Yeah, I know I should have waited until I move to a first floor apartment, but I thought it'd be nice to take a trip to anywhere in Florida where I can ride my tricycle, since it has a 3 speed gear and it's foldable. It's a Worksman Port-O-Trike.
It will melt, but just how much of it will turn liquid I don't know. You can try putting it inside a paper bag or encase it with Styrofoam, or polystyrene.
Walmart and Target stores have Coleman and other brand bag coolers that you can carry with a shoulder strap that insulate very well. My wife carries her lunch to work in one from Coleman which is cloth on the outside and has a plastic removable interior which makes it watertight and easy to clean, and the reusable ice pack I put in the bottom (yes, I pack my wife's lunch every day...) is still frozen when she unpacks it 4½-5 hours later, and the food is still cold. Cost less than $15, but would only hold a small bag of ice. They do have bigger ones that are still cloth with a plastic inside, but I'm not sure on price.
Oh, okay. Perhaps the Coleman 1-Gallon Jug will fit in my basket, but that means I'll have to carry a small bag of ice and that I'm uncertain if the ice bag cooler will carry a load in my tricycle's basket. Maybe I thought I might want to consider getting ice during the very early morning like around 6 before the sun rises up. (Hmm...something to think about :)).
Thanks for your help.
The reason I was suggesting the shoulder strapped coolers is that you are not restricted by the basket size. You can sling it across your side or back for the trip.
Here is an example of what I'm referring to: http://www.target.com/Igloo-30-Can-Hard-Liner-Cooler/dp/B001LE0W2K/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&searchView=grid5&keywords=cooler&fromGsearch=true&sr=1-4&qid=1306715395&rh=&searchRank=target104545&id=Igloo%2030-Can%20Hard%20Liner%20Cooler&node=1038576|1287991011&searchSize=30&searchPage=1&searchNodeID=1038576|1287991011&searchBinNameList=subjectbin%2Cprice%2Ctarget_com_primary_color-bin%2Ctarget_com_size-bin%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin&frombrowse=0
That is 21qt, so over 5 gallons in size, and is only lightly insulated, ideal for quick trips. My wife's is heavily insulated, which would add significant bulk that you wouldn't need unless you were making long trips.
Added: Link breaks for some reason, but the site still resolves it correctly.
I will go to Wal-Mart and Target while taking my time to look at the apartment complex tomorrow and have a look at ice bag coolers like the one shown in the link.
I'd like to make an update since I have not made my post in a while.
I found what I'm looking for. Given that I can fit no larger than 20" in width by 14" in length, this seems like a very good fit for the basket, as I must confess that a week-long bag of ice from Publix won't fit in a small personal cooler, as I've measured the ice bag to be around 15" in width.
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