BIKE PANNIER FOR COMMUTERS
The time has come for a Tom Bihn commuter laptop pannier that may be used in conjunction with the Brain Cell (Horizontal or Vertical). Today, more than ever, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I live, people are commuting to the office on bikes. It beats driving an expensive hybrid vehicle!
I see that back in 2005, there was a thread on the concept of a Tom Bihn bike pannier. Today, Arkel OverDesigns makes three panniers in their Urban series (one that converts to a backpack, one a shoulder pack, and the third a briefcase) that may be used to transport a laptop. But only the "Commuter" model accommodates their version of a suspended laptop pouch, similar to but not as good as the Brain Cell. Nor is it large enough to carry a 17" widescreen notebook. Plus, for my gigantic HP dv9000t, which requires the Horizontal Brain Cell, the vertically-aligned Commuter pack doesn't really work. The "Briefcase" might work, but it costs $189. (Add that to my $50 Brain Cell. Ugh.) I bet anything Tom Bihn comes up with would be a better value: sturdier, trendier design, best bang for the buck.
So, Mr. Bihn, does this sound like a commercially viable idea?
- Badsah "I'm only a tech product manager, but that doesn't stop me from dreaming of other things" Mukherji