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Old 07-28-08, 01:57 PM
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Hello!

I am a graduate student, and I bike to campus. I only live a couple of miles away, so it's not that big of a deal, but I carry around a laptop that's almost a desktop replacement, and I am not too fond of the sweat associated with messenger bags or backpacks.

I was looking around and found the Nashbar backpack/pannier at an affordable price. I was just wondering if I could get some opinions from other bicyclists who have used the backpack, particularly for carrying a load consisting of something like a laptop, a couple of files and some lunch.

Any other suggestions for laptop-holding panniers would be something I would be grateful for as well!

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Old 07-28-08, 02:24 PM
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I use it everyday. Overall I really like it. It's essentially a drybag held in a backpack shell (with a few external pockets. It has quite a lot of room--the drybag allows you to compact things well, too. And it's comfortable as a backpack, as well.

The only bad part is the hooks (common to most Nashbar/Performance panniers); they don't hold the pannier on well. To get around this, I use a bungee cord to hold the handle down to the rack.
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I prefer the ortlieb waterproof bag - around $85 at REI (grocery/zip-lock type bag). For the laptop, I use a large padded folder from the mailroom.

I ride/commute in the rain, and the ortlieb has not let me down. It's worth the extra bucks to get a really tight bag. I've trashed a laptop by getting it wet - so far, this worked well for me.
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