[lug] Commuting by bike with a laptop
nagler at bivio.biz
Mon Jan 11 18:54:02 MST 2010
Wow! I'm so happy to hear about so many bike commuters.
I have an older MacBook Pro. Several of us bike commute. I used to
have a 1mi ride, and others about the same or less. We had a variety
of problems with our Powerbooks and one Ti-book. My current MacBook
had the "logic board", CD, and disk replaced. It was relatively new
so I don't think it was the commute. I have since moved and commute
7mi each way, and I haven't had any problems with my laptop in over 6
months of relatively frequent riding.
I have panniers and a commuter bag:
I was wrapping my MacBook in a neoprene sleeve:
but I stopped doing this recently. We have had Macbooks stay
on and really heat up so I get nervous about all the wrapping.
When I bring home backup disks, I carry them in this:
which I modified with sleeping pad foam and aluminum foil.
I can hold two 3.5" drives in their sleds.
I rode all last week, and I was worried about the cold so
I let the laptop sit for a bit before turning it on. I also fell
quite a few times, not going real fast. The laptop seems ok. :)
If you ride at night, I recommend a Cateye Double Shot Pro:
With all this ice, it really helps to have a bright light. This one
says it is 25,000 candlepower at 10m.
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