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Old 07-12-13, 03:55 PM
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Tired of the sweaty backpack look... need help

I commute to work daily and it's getting to the point that every day I have a big sweat mark for the first 15 minutes at work due to my backpack, which houses my laptop and some tools. My bike is a Windsor Oxford Deluxe with the stock rear rack. I have currently outfitted it with Wald folidng baskets and while convenient they're not totally sturdy (bumps can knock stuff out easily) and don't fit a lot of things well. I carry my lunch bag in one of the baskets each day. Can someone suggest a sturdy and safe rear rack bag or basket or similar that would let me keep everything securely on the rear rack? Bear in mind the health and safety of the laptop is a concern.
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I like my Racktime Workit Pro laptop pannier on one side of my rack and an Ortlieb Shopper on the other side.

Another nice option is the ortlieb office xl on one side and a shopper on the other.



Both nice combos for in town/commuting use.

Or.....
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A textile look that is both waterproof and PVC-free make this a tough commuter pannier with a classic look.

Carry some clothes, lunch and more, organized in the Inner Velcro™ pockets. Includes a notebook compartment for your laptop computer up to 15.6 inches.

The height-adjustable lid lets you keep your contents snug. A front zipper pocket gives you quick access to the gear you need most often.

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If your budget is tight, you can probably get some basic adjustable straps - not bungies, and make nearly anything secure. Mind you, panniers are the way to go if you can afford them.

https://m.rei.com/mt/www.rei.com/prod...s-package-of-2
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KLICKfix has a backpack with a mount in it to use their Bar Bag mounts to carry it.. front or rear..

You take off the pack to ride ,You take it with you when you lock up the Bike.
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Use a bungee cargo net to secure items from bouncing out of the baskets.
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Or a clean shirt in the bag.
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What about leaving the work laptop at work?
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Stop using the backpack. A rack plus panniers. I carry my two work laptops almost on every commute and no issue yet. I use ortlieb panniers and have some close to cushion the laptop.

Actually, I just got back from a four day bicycle tour....250 miles self supported with camping every night and carried my laptop. No issues.

https://chefonabicycle.com/2013/07/11...-bicycle-tour/
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my wife carries her laptop to and from grad school in a plain ol' roll-top wetbag type pannier (not an ortlieb but basically the same exact design). she puts the laptop in a neoprene sleeve for cushioning. then with some spare clothes and various other things around it it's padded just fine.
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Originally Posted by buffalowings
Or a clean shirt in the bag.
More stuff to carry. No thanks.

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What about leaving the work laptop at work?
I'm a writer/researcher as part of my job description--it goes with my everywhere I might work.
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Carrying a chilled hydration bladder in the backpack won't help the OP (or I don't think it would), has anyone tried this?
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Carrying a chilled hydration bladder in the backpack won't help the OP (or I don't think it would), has anyone tried this?
Resounding no on the chilled hydration bladder; any moisture will condensate around it, causing an ever bigger stain (I tried this while trekking the Tongariro Crossing in NZ -- not a pleasant surprise)

Panniers, or something similar is a good investment. My wife bought a pair (don't remember the brand), it was love at first sight.

I personally bring a few sets of clothes (enough for a week) to work. Usually commute by train at least once a week, so enough opportunity to switch.

Edit: She uses a pair of Ortlieb Classic's.

Personally, I currently use my camelbak backpack (without the hydration system/pouch) as a tiny backpack for phone, wallet, keys and door cards. A bit scary to just chuck things down the hole where the hydration bag usually is, but I suppose it'll work until I crash =)

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I would suggest a saddle bag that is big enough to hold a laptop. The bottom of the saddle bag would attach to and rest on your rear rack. I believe Carradice have some larger saddle bags that might work. Saddlebags can be set up to be quickly detachable from the bike, and if they have d rings, a shoulder strap can be attached to them and they can be use as a satchel. If the bag attaches to the rear rack, you shouldn't have any problems with the back of your legs coming in contact with it.
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What's wrong with wearing a tee and bringing a work shirt??

Buy two sturdy bungee cords and bungee your backpack to the rack on hot days. Cost~$6.
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I use one of these to tie down my backpack on to my rack:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/21423...604597329.html

In addition I have one of these for tools, wallet, phone and watch:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Quick...816654814.html

But this may not be practical for your bike.

The photo below shows the general arrangement. The backpack is secured by cargo net to the rack, but this particular net got too stretched so I threw it away. The TECHKIN seems to be more durable.

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