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    Guitar teacher wanting to commute

    I give guitar lessons for a living and I'd like to start riding my bike to my studio which is 10 miles round trip. I have a guitar backpack which only holds my guitar and some cables, but I need to also bring a laptop and a small battery powered guitar amp which weighs about 6lbs and is 9-5/8"W x 8-15/16H x 6-9/16"D. I can't leave the laptop or amp in the studio since there are some questionable people I share the room with. What would be the best way to safely secure my laptop and amp to my bicycle? As of right now I have no racks or bags but will purchase them if I can realistically commute to my studio. I'm more concerned about protecting my laptop and keeping stuff from falling off than the extra weight from my gear. My bike is a GT Avalanche 3.0 disc, so I'm not even sure what kind of mounting possibilities it has for commuter stuff. Link to my bike here

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    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Ha ha, good idea, but that's just too much, I don't have a place to lock my bike up at the studio, it goes inside with me and I'm limited on space. I was thinking more about a small rack on the back and a side bag of some sort for the laptop, just not sure what kind.

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    Maybe something like this:


    It's a Topeak TrolleyTote Folding MTX Rear Basket that slides on to their MTX racks.

    http://topeak.com/products/baskets/TrolleyTote

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleRobin
    Maybe something like this:


    It's a Topeak TrolleyTote Folding MTX Rear Basket that slides on to their MTX racks.

    http://topeak.com/products/baskets/TrolleyTote

    UR
    I think that might of just nailed it. If I can find it in an LBS before I buy it that would be great.

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    You don't mention a budget, so I will suggest a Freeradical from Xtracycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spinarou
    You don't mention a budget, so I will suggest a Freeradical from Xtracycle.
    Absolutely this. Plenty of room for guitars/amps/stands and more. It will fit your current bike perfectly. As an xtracycle owner I'm a bit biased, but I honestly think this is the perfect solution for your problems.

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    a good rack with large panniers ought to do the trick for the amp, (presuming it ain't much bigger than a pignose or an old 5-watt Crate) the laptop and any other flotsam.... Throw the guitar on your back.. and you're good to go.
    I don't think you really need the Bob, a cargo bike, or anything else that big.

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    Yeah, Xtracycle, Big Dummy, or similar cargo bike (Yuba Mundo, etc.) would be ideal. Although you'd probably also be fine with some Ortliebs or similar *waterproof* panniers (so you don't fry the laptop and amp), and a laptop sleeve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleRobin
    Maybe something like this:


    It's a Topeak TrolleyTote Folding MTX Rear Basket that slides on to their MTX racks.

    http://topeak.com/products/baskets/TrolleyTote

    UR
    Now that is COOL! I tell you Topeak has their shizz together!
    Remember when we were kids and our Mom's said we could not play in the mud? I'm making up for it now!!

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