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    commuting trunk

    Hey all,
    Here is the write up for my commuting trunk to fit the rack I just made for the road bike.
    The trunk is made like my panniers in that it comes off a harness real easily. The removable part makes it ideal for commuting. A shoulder strap makes is a breeze to cary around. Although the shoulder strap is permenently attached right now, it will get some clips in a little bit and be removeable. The materials are remnants and such a little bit on the lightweight side. 1.1 silnylon, 1.9? coated, and packcloth. The roll top closure is more for compressing the load then to keep it waterproof. Two zippered side pockets and a main compartment. There is velcro on the bottom and two straps and buckles to keep it firmly attached in the harness. I've yet to use it, but it should work.
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23...trunk1_1_1.jpg
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23...trunk4_6_1.jpg
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23...trunk5_5_1.jpg
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23...trunk7_7_1.jpg
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23...trunk8_8_1.jpg
    Or the whole site
    http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y23/tbdesigns/sewing/
    Total costs were about 15 for the rack and much less for the bag (it was mosly remnant) Dont know exactly how much it fits, but it fit my lunch box, scrubs and shoes with a lot of room to spare.
    Not bad for four days of design and sewing.
    Scott

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    Pretty soon you'll be making your own bike. Good job ncscott!
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    Good looking bag. I'm glad to see all this homemade stuff.

    I have mixed opinions about the 1.1 silnylon. I had a backpack that I really liked, but it abraded pretty quickly. Be careful leaning that up against walls.
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    Don't commute after drinking. It can lead to indigestion among other thing.

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    Maybe I should post pics of MY setup... I have my laptop backpack strapped on the left side of the bike, and a $5 soft cooler I bought last night at Family Dollar strapped on the other side!

    You should have seen me and the cashiers standing in the door way, holding up different coolers to see which one matched the bike best!

    I love the cooler idea... it kept my lunch hot when I went to get it at lunch time, has plenty of room in it for stuff... a spot for an extra water bottle, and it is at a minimum VERY water resistant... (nearly waterproof, except maybe a tiny bit of leakage at the zipper)

    Another bonus to the cooler... its a good size for a handlebar bag when I DO get a set of actual panniers. Nobody I've checked here in town has panniers that will fit my laptop, though... (It's a 17.4" widescreen desktop replacement type laptop from Dell)
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    Thanks guys,
    I've thought about the bike, but that wont be for a number of years... Got to many prodgects to do in the mean time.
    This prodgect was done on the cheap, so all remnant peices and the 1.1 oz was the best I had for the purpose. The 1.1 is covered pretty well from abrasion though. I leave it far away from my backpacks for that reason. Realistically oxford and packcloth would be a better choice.
    bmsclaughlin... why not make a panier or at least the lap top cover. Think a taco padded with a foam sleeping roll from malwart. If you have a sewing machine then try it. At worst you waste 30 bucks. I'm not shure how you would fit that into a pannier though. It would have to be strapped (with the straps sewn in the perfect locations) on top the rack.
    Anyway... Now I have no excuses not to commute,
    Scott

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