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Old 01-24-09, 08:52 PM
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Laptop's

What are the options? I have a rack and bags for the daily commuter, but don't like the idea of using a backpack on the roadie. Would a clip on post with laptop kill a CF seat tube?
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Old 01-24-09, 08:55 PM
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Personally I wouldn't hang a rack off a CF seatbost, but YMMV. On the roadbike I backpack my laptop.
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Old 01-24-09, 09:11 PM
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Laptop doesn't need an apostophe to be laptops. http://www.apostropheabuse.com/
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Old 01-24-09, 09:29 PM
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backpack. Don't risk damaging the CF post.
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I think it's a poor idea. I wouldn't hang anything off my CF seat post on my road bike much less a lever with a 10 pound bag hanging and bouncing around on it.

I'd say your options are:
- Change your seat post to aluminum if you must use a clamp on rack. They can be found cheap.
- Find a way to use a stay mounted rack on the bike. There are options for skewer and p-clamp mounts etc. www.thetouringstore.com has some.
- Keep things the same and use a backpack

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Old 01-25-09, 09:56 AM
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I wouldn't put my laptop on a clip-on post for the sake of the laptop, never mind the post. It's just too precarious.
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Old 01-25-09, 11:37 AM
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+1. I wouldn't carry a laptop in any bike mounted accessory because it seems way too jarring. Backpack/mess bag IMO.
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I don't think I'd hang a rack off the CF post either. Backpack/messenger bag....
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Old 01-25-09, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by frankenmike View Post
+1. I wouldn't carry a laptop in any bike mounted accessory because it seems way too jarring. Backpack/mess bag IMO.
+1 - a laptop is the only thing I refuse to carry in a pannier. Unless I bought a desktop computer I'm taking home, or something of similar nature.
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Old 01-25-09, 05:03 PM
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To be fair, a lot of people carry laptops in panners and are fine with it. I'm not, which is why I carry a mess bag. But a seatpost-mounted rack...no, no way, and it has nothing to do with the CF seatpost. I have a seatpost rack which is nominally rated at 40 pounds, but I don't use it to transport anything heavier or dearer to my heart than takeout chicken wings.
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Old 01-25-09, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by lil brown bat View Post
To be fair, a lot of people carry laptops in panners and are fine with it. I'm not, which is why I carry a mess bag. But a seatpost-mounted rack...no, no way, and it has nothing to do with the CF seatpost. I have a seatpost rack which is nominally rated at 40 pounds, but I don't use it to transport anything heavier or dearer to my heart than takeout chicken wings.
Lots of people are fine with loose processing bits in their laptops? I suppose if you had a military/police grade toughbook, but...
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Old 01-25-09, 05:54 PM
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I carry my laptop in my panniers and nothing bad has happend to it. Of course if I do break it I get a new one anyway since I need it for work.
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I carry mine in a messenger bag for 12-14 miles twice a week. I don't put anything else in the messenger bag - not even the charger or cord. Personally, I think messenger bags are better suited to cycling than backpacks.
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Old 01-25-09, 09:28 PM
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i'm surrounded by ancient brick streets so theres no way im transporting my laptop in anything but a backpack with a padded sleeve.
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I had to swap out my really nice CF seatpost for alloy so it could hold a rack. Haven't had to put a laptop in the panniers *yet*, got a 2nd laptop to just keep at the house so I just transport an external harddrive back and forth.
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Old 01-26-09, 07:00 AM
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Originally Posted by frankenmike View Post
Lots of people are fine with loose processing bits in their laptops? I suppose if you had a military/police grade toughbook, but...
Hey, you're preaching to the choir, dude. I'm like miket -- I commute in Boston and our quaint mix of brick, cobblestone, concrete, asphalt, granite, trolley tracks, potholes, etc. is not something I'd subject my laptop to, even if panniers always stayed connected no matter what, which they don't.
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The roads make a huge difference. I've commuted with a laptop in a pannier for years and never had a problem, but the roads here are pretty good. If your roads are in good shape and you have a well-built laptop, you'll probably be fine with a pannier. I just stick mine in there without a sleeve.

In the interest of full disclosure, my laptops have always belonged to my employer. If it were mine, I might be a bit more careful.
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Just bought a lap top and my first CF post. The two will not be seeing each other any time soon....

Padded mssngr bag here.
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Originally Posted by Tri-FatBoy View Post
Would a clip on post with laptop kill a CF seat tube?
Yes, IMO. I've commuted with a laptop off and on over the years. By far the safest option is a backpack. I keep my laptop in a padded foam sleeve and then in the additionally padded section of my backpack. I've had no problems.
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