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Commuting with a laptop...(7 posts)

Commuting with a laptop...jaybird
Jun 3, 2002 5:52 PM
Is there anyone that commutes regularly with a laptop? My company just issued everyone a laptop bu the catch is that we have to take them with us everyday becuase there is really no secure place to keep them overnight.

The catch is that my commuter bike doesnt have braze-ons for a rack to put paniers and that I need to have enough room to carry clean clothes. A backpack seems to be my only option but the packs that are designed for computers are not really big enough to carry extra clothes...

I was thinking about getting a padded sleeve for my computer and then just throwing that in a larger daypack but we all know the joys of riding with a bulky backpack...

FWIW my commute is about 20mi...

re: Commuting with a laptop...Atombomber
Jun 3, 2002 8:21 PM
Check out Dakine ( or Burton Snowboards ( Spire USA (

Lots of choices if you use your search site.
re: Commuting with a laptop...akatdog
Jun 3, 2002 11:08 PM
look into timbik2 messenger bags they have both sleeves and bags made just for commuting. You can buy them as big or as small as you want.
Best choice....tronracer
Jun 4, 2002 5:42 AM
Pearl izumi velocipak comes with its own laptop case, has three seperated compartments, an extra small pocket and a rain cover that zips out of the way when not in use. It's also ergonomically designed for cycling, waist straps, chest straps, rip cords. This pack is the shiznit!!!After two years of everyday use, I contacted pearl izumi and they warrantied a brand new one for free. But don't take my word for it, see for yourself. Or if you are into messenger bags, check out
Sorry, that's NMtronracer
Jun 4, 2002 5:44 AM
laptop securityTig
Jun 4, 2002 5:48 AM
My last job put me in charge of IT for our local office and everyone but the receptionist had a laptop. Most had to take theirs home to dial up for on-call work situations. I told those who didn't have to take theirs home that they could leave theirs at work as long as they locked them up in a strong file cabnet or desk. We also had a good alarm system, but I didn't want to rely on that.

I left mine out in the docking station, but bought an 8mm Mega Key Cable Lock from Kryptonite. Check out several models at:
You may want to run these options by your IT person first. Some are too AR to consider any options! It sure beats carrying it home each day.
laptop securityjaybird
Jun 4, 2002 12:49 PM
The problem with that is that we have generic workstations that anyone can work at. we do not have any secure storage at work and our security system is almost nonexistent...
Our whole company is IT so everyone is AR!