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  • Mad commuting luggage question
  • Premier Icon igm
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    Does anyone make a frame bag for a road bike that would take a laptop?

    Looks to be room in the frame, though it’ll be tight, and yes it might act like a sail, but…

    Alternatively which of the bespoke manufacturers would you recommend? (Remember they’d need to be amenable to silly ideas.)

    Premier Icon fasthaggis
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    Contact Beerbabe for a custom bag if you fancy some re-cycled inner tube action.

    https://www.beerbabe.co.uk/

    Premier Icon nwmlarge
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    no damping on the frame…

    Premier Icon martymac
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    Alpkit will make custom frame bags.
    I have one, it’s fine.
    Remember to allow room for an appropriate amount of padding, even if you have large volume tyres, I doubt a laptop will put up with the vibration for long otherwise.
    Consider a rear rack and pannier, by far the best option, although not trendy.

    Premier Icon nedrapier
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    I considered the same to get away from big pannier bags, but I was put off by the vibration, not wanting to lose the water bottle cages and the cost (cheapskate).

    I bought a 12L heavy duty Lomo drybag and some ortleib spare parts. £20 for the lot and some time with a screwdriver, and bob’s your dad. Dinky lightweight pannier, enough space for a toolroll, laptop, notepad and a spare layer.

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    Pannier or rucksack.

    I know people like to proclaim the world will end in a spine aching sweaty mess if you ride with a rucksack, but I (in)frequently do my 25mile each way commute with my laptop in my bag along with a big heavy kryptonite d-lock and change of clothes.

    Obviously the advantage of panniers is they’re not on your back. The disadvantage is they’re a faff off the bike. I’ve ditched panniers and now have a trailer for carrying more than a backpack full of kit. It’s big enough to leave outside the supermarket and just load bags into it, rather than needing to carry the panniers round in a second basket to load stuff directly into at the till.

    Premier Icon igm
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    Thanks all. I suspect you’re confirming my suspicions – that there’s a reason no-one’s done this.
    Currently using panniers just looking to see if I could reduce the bike count by one.

    Solid-state drive in the laptop though, so maybe, just maybe…

    Premier Icon kcr
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    Obviously the advantage of panniers is they’re not on your back. The disadvantage is they’re a faff off the bike.

    Most people can get away with one pannier for commuting. Off the bike you can just carry a pannier using the shoulder strap.

    Premier Icon disco_stu
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    Get a Carradice Nelson with the SQR mount, I’ve got a laptop in mine a fair few times.
    When not in use you end up with a small plastic block on the seat post.

    Premier Icon Sven
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    I’ve done what the OP suggested, taken a canvas laptop bag, fixed three short sections of inner tube with pop-rivets to attach to (=around) the frame (2 around top-top, 1 around seat-tube), but I also have a longer solid fabric strap (like a shoulder bag strap) around the bag and top-tube as a back-up. The thinking was that hanging the bag off the top tube using sections of inner tube would allow for some damping, but the laptop has a SSD, so I *hope* that’s not too much of an issue.
    In a 58 or 60cm CX frame, I even have space for a water bottle, but also managed to attach the laptop bag to the bottle cage with a zip tie to avoid it moving left/right.
    For the occassional 35km commute, I prefer not to arrive with too sweaty a back, hence no rucksack, and I am paranoid that even one pannier – which I occasionally use – slows me down a little (more aero without 🙂 )
    Sven

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