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Old 12-01-07, 05:10 PM   #1
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Soliciting the advice of fellow commuters. Carrying my laptop hmm....

Well...i've been commuting now (off and on) since May of 07. It's great and i've been improving with time. At my job however, I can't do without my trustworthy MacBookPro 17". No I can't leave it at work, as I use it at home as well. I have been transporting it back and forth roughly 7km each way on my back in a backpack. I have a seatpost rack where I carry my lunchbag and Nalgene Lemon water for the day.

Here is my question. Is there an alternative method of carrying what I am taking to work, that would allow me to eliminate the backpack?

It is a mountain bike that I use for trail riding on the weekends. So, a rack to hold paniers is out of the question. I need some sort of device I can attach and remove quickly from the bike that can hold my lunch, water and laptop.

I know this is a high order to fill, but there is no fault in asking!!!!

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I use a Schwinn Rear Seat Post Rack

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Old 12-02-07, 02:36 AM   #2
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This rocks!

This works well (15" laptop at my end - check measurements for yours).

http://www.carradice.co.uk/sqr-saddl...sqr-slim.shtml

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Old 12-02-07, 05:15 AM   #3
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13 macbook much lighter 2 macs are better than one same as 2 bikes are better than 1
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Old 12-02-07, 09:10 AM   #4
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Honestly, I feel much better knowing it's on my back, rather than on my bike. I used to carry my HP (now macbook ) in a pannier, and come icy weather, I had to make a conscious effort to crash on my right side, not my left (to avoid crushing it). Rarely did I ever end up on my back during a spill, so the laptop was generally much safer.
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I carried mine to work last week in my medium Baileyworks pro bag. Did not notice it was there.
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Old 12-02-07, 09:57 AM   #6
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I carry my 13" macbook 24km each way, every day. On my road bike, I have panniers. I have that same rack on my hybrid, and once, I actually hung my panniers over it but it was kind of dicey. I wouldn't advise it because they can flail around and get in the spokes since the post-mounted rack doesn't have a frame to rest the bags on.

7km isn't too bad, you could probably get away with a laptop-specific backpack. I use the Kensington Contour for my short trips. Now that it's winter, my commute is more like 6km each way using the bus, and I'm on my mountain bike without a rack. A backpack works just fine for me for short trips like that.
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Old 12-03-07, 05:09 AM   #7
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Braquet,

I e-mailed the company that sells those saddle bags and he recommended that bag...but would it fit a 17" Macbookpro? I don't have the bag, so I can;t just measure it, or see if it fits. How much room does your have after you put in your mac?

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This works well (15" laptop at my end - check measurements for yours).

http://www.carradice.co.uk/sqr-saddl...sqr-slim.shtml

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Remote into your laptop at home...



Seriously, I do something similar, I run virtual PCs which I can hit from outside, they're virtual, so I don't give a damn if I toast one downloading iffy software (I use them for test beds too), and they're run on a Linux box so the main machine wont have issues.

I believe logmein.com will allow you to remote to an OSX machine now. (though personally I don't use it).


I carry a business card with my IP address on the back, and memorize my passwords, beat that for riding weight.
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