Timbuk2 Peddles New Laptop And iPad-Carrying Pannier, Bike Rack Bags

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The Cog Pannier.

If it isn’t already obvious: I’m a huge bike nut. I’ve sold bikes, fixed them, raced on them and even slept on one once (hey, cycling is tiring). So I get pretty excited when fellow bike nuts make something ingenious that’ll let my bike haul my Apple gear. Case in point: Timbuk2’s new Basket Case duffel and their Cog Pannier.

Of the two, the Cog is the most interesting. It’s a quick-release pannier (for the non-biker, a pannier is a bag which attaches to a wire rack and flanks one of the wheels) with both MacBook (15’) and iPad sleeves. It’s built from waterproof material with welded seams, sealing it enough to keep electronic gear safe and dry when riding through wet weather. A detachable shoulder strap transforms it into a laptop bag once off the bike. Nice.

The Basket Case doesn’t come with laptop or tablet pockets, so you’ll have to supply your own. But it’s cool in its own right, as a feature-laden duffel bag with a few bicycle-friendly tricks (like a flat bottom and a u-lock-sized pocket) which transform it into what amounts to a bike-rack cargo bay.

The Cog Pannier is $139, while the Basket Case is a less expensive $89.

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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