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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 03-18-2009, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Carrying Lap Top

So when I ride to work, have to carry my lap top somehow.
I bought a back pack for just lap tops but the straps are starting to tear a little up top mostly because I ride with it and my lap top is about 7-8 lbs. But it's not made for riding. I've had it for a year or a little longer.
Yes it's big
So I was wondering if there is some other way to carry the lap top that anyone uses or any back pack that is recommended for transporting one.
I think my lap top is about 17-18 inches.. and pretty heavy. If I don't have to ride with a back pack that would kick ass

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ive got the cortech sport tailbag with the expandable sides, its fits a laptop no problems

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Take a look at the LowePro and Tamrac photographer backpacks; they have some packs which are designed to hold laptops in addition to other camera and outdoor gear and they usually have multiple chest straps for 'active lifestyles'. One of those might be a bit more durable.

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ive got the cortech sport tailbag with the expandable sides, its fits a laptop no problems
http://www.mymcgear.com/browse.cfm/4...hml?AFF=690MCG
this? That wont fit my lapy topy

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hahaha...check her sixth sentence

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So I was wondering if there is some other way to carry the lap top that anyone uses or any back pack that is recommended for transporting one.

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thats the one

my lappy is a 15" and fits in in the collapsed state, when you open teh sides you gain like 1.5" per side.

youre welcome to give it a shot and see if the lappy fits if you want

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Heh, I don't trust keeping a laptop in a tank/tailbag, and prefer to keep it on my back.

That being said, I swear by my Blackhawk Matrix backpack. It may be overkill for you, but it's a military style backpack that also accomodates a hydration pack... useful in the summer months when riding and you want to keep hydrated.
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I used to put it in my tank bag but I would wrap it in a shirt or towel or something because of the vibrations. Did it for 2 summers and never had a problem.

There is also a backpack specifically meant for riders that has a hard case to prevent damage to the laptop in an accident. I'll look to see if I can find it again for you.
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Also, Mort has some armoured backpack he carries his camera gear in while snowboarding, something like that might also work for a laptop.

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Also, Mort has some armoured backpack he carries his camera gear in while snowboarding, something like that might also work for a laptop.
Your memory is better than mine!
http://www.kata-bags.com/index.asp?UP1=OK

rather, just click here

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http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...WT.MC_ID=10010

Way more expensive than I thought tho. Yikes!
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Way more expensive than I thought tho. Yikes!
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tank bag mounted on the tail, in a laptop sleeve.
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Ok cool... keep em coming Thank everyone ... i like the idea of a tank bag...but to find one big enough.

Yea Jason when I am in the area next time I'll stop by and see if it will fit if you don't mind

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I would stay away from tank bags with magnets, but thats me

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Ok cool... keep em coming Thank everyone ... i like the idea of a tank bag...but to find one big enough.

Yea Jason when I am in the area next time I'll stop by and see if it will fit if you don't mind
I have a 15.4 dell Lat D820 with a leather bound book that i always have with me. They fit in my cortech if you want to try yours.
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I would stay away from tank bags with magnets, but thats me
I don't like magnetic tank bags - Rick is refering to erasing data though.

I use a rear seat bag and my laptop (Dell D420) fits in there. I can also fit it in my larger tank bag.

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Ok cool... keep em coming Thank everyone ... i like the idea of a tank bag...but to find one big enough.

Yea Jason when I am in the area next time I'll stop by and see if it will fit if you don't mind
no problem

my lappy is a dell inspiron 1300 pile that i picked up free cause the keyboard was full of pop

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get a smaller laptop. something that big is gonna just be a pain and cause you back problems from carrying that much weight around up there...

oh waitaminute, I forgot who I was talking to...
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I carry my dell xps1310 (or whatever) everywhere on my bike (probably 4000 miles so far) in a laptop pelican case. Stores all my stuff, papers, chargers, etc . Built like a tank, waterproof, lockable etc. The laptop styled ones come with a shoulder sling for professional environments. View the styles here: http://www.pelican.com/case_group_se...seGroup=Laptop

And cheapest places to buy them is http://www.all-pelican-cases-4-less.com/

Just measure your laptop and get one that fits. Either permanently mount it to the bike, or just strap it on with a cargo net. Cheap and easy.

ps: The magnents in the tank bags won't cause your laptop hard drive any issues. I'd also recommend against strapping a laptop to your spine in case you fall. That's one thing on a bicycle, but your going a heckuva alot faster on a bike.

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I would stay away from tank bags with magnets, but thats me
Magnetic tank bags work OK when they're not overloaded. Just be careful: They can scuff the tank a little if you're not careful. Lesson learned the hard way.

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I would never feel secure with magnetic tank nag... no way i'd do that. So I got some good options here... thank you

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