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Old 04-23-09, 12:42 PM   #1
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laptop on bike?

hi there, is there any one who takes a laptop with him/her to work? but not in a backpack, on a rack or pannier maybe...thanks
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Old 04-23-09, 12:44 PM   #2
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If you do a search, it's been covered lots of times. Pretty split between those that carry in a backpack so the laptop doesn't get jarred around and those that put it in panniers. I'm in the backpack crowd personally.

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Old 04-23-09, 01:05 PM   #3
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and I'm in the pannier crowd
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Old 04-23-09, 01:07 PM   #4
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As CCrew noted, it's pretty split. I use a backpack, but there are panniers specifically built for laptops.

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Old 04-23-09, 01:17 PM   #5
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I put it in my pannier wrapped in a laptop sleeve.



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Old 04-23-09, 01:40 PM   #6
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replace it with an iphone -- you can put it in your pocket.
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Old 04-23-09, 02:04 PM   #7
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I had a HP Compaq nx6110 (15 inch 4:3) on my back once and it wasn't comfortable. If I had a full rack and not a seat post rack, I'd probably have one of the ones linked below.

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...r.aspx?sc=FRGL


Since I don't take the laptop home anymore, I don't worry about it.
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Old 04-23-09, 02:21 PM   #8
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Pannier (Ortlieb Back Roller Classic) it is for me. No sleeve or anything. Hasn't done any damage so far and my back is much happier than it used to be in the backpack days.

Just have a good backup strategy and your worries will be gone.
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Old 04-23-09, 03:07 PM   #9
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There's always the Arkel commuter also .. Not cheap but seems pretty good.. Planning on getting one myself shortly.



http://www.arkel-od.com/panniers/com....asp?fl=&site=
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Old 04-23-09, 04:09 PM   #10
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I carry an 14" iBook in my pannier.
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Laptop sleeve into the Delta Metro Elite pannier. I"ve carried it in a normal pannier, but I also added some styrafoam to fill out the bag and keep the laptop "tight" in there. Did the backpack thing once. Hated it.
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I use a backpack. It's great.
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I use a Jansport Firewire to carry my notebook, cloths, food, etc. Commute is 13mi. roundtrip, mostly flat. I have been looking for a pannier solution because the backpack is very hot for must of the summer when afternoon temps get above 90.
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I like this idea. I have the rack to mate it with, but can't bring myself to pull the trigger on a bag I've never seen in person:

http://www.topeak.com/products/Bags/MTXOfficeBag
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I just drop mine in the pannier. Never had a problem.
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I used to use an Arkel Utility Basket, but now I use a Carradice SQR Slim. In either case, I still put my laptop in a sleeve. No problems with using either one.
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I would say it might be a function of how long your commute is. The longer ride you have, the more uncomfortable a backpack can be. I have a short commute, 2.5 miles, but even that is to long for a back pack. I use a laptop sleeve inside a pannier and it works very well. I'd rather not have weight on my shoulders.
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