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What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« on: December 07, 2009, 08:33:05 am »
What do you guys think is safer, riding with a laptop bag on my back on strapping it to the pillion seat? If it is on my back it may act as a sort of spine protector in accident but then again the laptop may break up and skewer me so I'm not sure.
 

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Re: What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2009, 08:42:19 am »
Back in bag :thumleft:

I think N[]va may have started a similar topic about a year ago.
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Re: What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2009, 08:46:19 am »
Buy yourself the TARGUS laptop backpack.
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Re: What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2009, 08:52:16 am »
Buy yourself the TARGUS laptop backpack.

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Re: What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2009, 08:54:57 am »
Buy yourself the TARGUS laptop backpack.

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Re: What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2009, 09:16:58 am »
Vibrations from the bike can kill the HDD.

If it's on your back it doesn't get all the road bumps and vibes, as your body 'absorbs' them...

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Re: What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2009, 09:24:25 am »
Buy yourself the TARGUS laptop backpack.

+100  :thumleft:

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All ready had an off in traffic ... not a scratch on the laptop!!
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Re: What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2009, 12:06:02 pm »
What do you guys think is safer, riding with a laptop bag on my back on strapping it to the pillion seat? If it is on my back it may act as a sort of spine protector in accident but then again the laptop may break up and skewer me so I'm not sure.

Do you have a day-glo vest on?

I commute with my bright yellow day-glo vest on, therefore i strap the laptop bag to the bike, so my vest is visible.  :thumleft:

I noticed many months ago riding behind a guy with a vest on and his laptop on his back, you could not see the vest, so i wondered what the point of having the vest was. Since then i have strapped my bag to the bike and believe that i am more visible. People i know that see me in the traffic have said the same too.

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Re: What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2009, 12:11:02 pm »
I commute with a large (don't ask) laptop to work and back. Strapping it over your neck/shoulder is uncomfortable as it swings around a lot (think tight corners here).

I have a Kaoko luggage bag permanently mounted (meaning I can take it off but never do) on the bike. I jsut slip the laptop (inside it's normal carry bag) in the luggage zip up and go. Been doing this for a long time now, no problems.

Only issue I have is that on Monday, Wednesday and Friday drinks I sometimes forget my laptop in the bar...
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Re: What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2009, 12:17:57 pm »
On your back for sure. If a KLR will vibrate bolts and so on off, I don't want to know what it will do to a laptop. Maybe there is a laptop brand that has loctite on all the screws?  :mwink:

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Re: What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2009, 12:25:12 pm »
Your body dampens the shock that travels through the bike, if enough of a shock travels through you to damage the drive it's not the drive you are going to need to worry about
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Re: What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2009, 12:37:23 pm »
What do you guys think is safer, riding with a laptop bag on my back on strapping it to the pillion seat? If it is on my back it may act as a sort of spine protector in accident but then again the laptop may break up and skewer me so I'm not sure.

Do you have a day-glo vest on?

I commute with my bright yellow day-glo vest on, therefore i strap the laptop bag to the bike, so my vest is visible.  :thumleft:

I noticed many months ago riding behind a guy with a vest on and his laptop on his back, you could not see the vest, so i wondered what the point of having the vest was. Since then i have strapped my bag to the bike and believe that i am more visible. People i know that see me in the traffic have said the same too.

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Sportsmans warehouse / Outdoor warehouse / Cape Unionmart all sell covers that can be put over you bag (the kind that hikers use against rain). I've got one of those that is bright day-glo yellow, works almost better than the vest that i also wear.
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Re: What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2009, 01:20:51 pm »
On your back for sure. If a KLR will vibrate bolts and so on off, I don't want to know what it will do to a laptop. Maybe there is a laptop brand that has loctite on all the screws?  :mwink:
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Re: What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2009, 01:57:32 pm »
Maybe some consideration can be given to not only what's best for the laptop but also whats best for the rider.

When you come off the bag straps can get caught to any part of the bike and drag you along.
When flying down the road the bag will stop you from rolling/tumbling resulting in one very deep rash/hole on one side of your body.
When you connect with the kerb the bag could act as a back protector.
A high side and comping down hard on your back, the laptop is a hard object that can injure your spine
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Re: What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2009, 01:57:49 pm »
+1 targus back pack
 

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Re: What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2009, 02:00:37 pm »
A high side and comping down hard on your back, the laptop is a hard object that can injure your spine

you think the laptop is harder than the tar road your going to hit ???
 

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Re: What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2009, 02:07:58 pm »
A high side and comping down hard on your back, the laptop is a hard object that can injure your spine

you think the laptop is harder than the tar road your going to hit ???

The road is one big flat surface. If you come down on your back and your rucksack (any sack not only a laptop) is high up on your back then the upper half of you spines stops before the lower half and you back breaks.

This is not me thumbsucking. This is crash test dummy proven stuff.
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Re: What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2009, 02:13:24 pm »
Native might damage you even more while trying to 'liberate' the laptop
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Re: What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2009, 02:45:03 pm »
The road is one big flat surface. If you come down on your back and your rucksack (any sack not only a laptop) is high up on your back then the upper half of you spines stops before the lower half and you back breaks.

This is not me thumbsucking. This is crash test dummy proven stuff.
Thanks Bossies, This is actually the kind of reply I was looking for, not what laptop bag to buy but rather if I should put it on my back or not. In future I'll strap it my seat and if the harddrive fails so be it, rather a broken harddrive than a potential broken spine.
 

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Re: What is safer - laptop bag on back or on bike?
« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2009, 02:47:17 pm »
The road is one big flat surface. If you come down on your back and your rucksack (any sack not only a laptop) is high up on your back then the upper half of you spines stops before the lower half and you back breaks.

This is not me thumbsucking. This is crash test dummy proven stuff.
Thanks Bossies, This is actually the kind of reply I was looking for, not what laptop bag to buy but rather if I should put it on my back or not. In future I'll strap it my seat and if the harddrive fails so be it, rather a broken harddrive than a potential broken spine.

Its even safer to use the car to go to work and back  :thumleft: