Re: [bike-252] cycling thru rains... backpack with laptop problem - how to overcome?

From: Sibin K.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:44 AM
Hi All,

I was in Bangalore for many years. I used to pick up all my cycling gears from Decathlon. If anyone has friends in Bangalore, and has Decathlon membership card, they can buy and ship all the products.

Also, if someone wants to take up the responsibility of working with decathlon to set up a store in Hyderabad, it will be very beneficial. I did try, initially, but moved to Pune last year. They'll need few acres of land to set up a large store.

check out their site. Their products are available through resellers too. But if you have membership card, you'll get it for lesser. Lesser than of whats displayed on the site. these guys are pro.

http://www.decathlon.in/



Thanks,
Sibin




From: [address removed]<[address removed]>
To: <[address removed]>
Sent: Monday, June 17, 2013
Subject: Re: [bike-252] cycling thru rains... backpack with laptop problem - how to overcome?

Hello Mukesh,

Ponchos are available in the army stores at Lal Bazaar for Rs.250 - Rs.300.  They not only protect you, but also your backpack, and are quite reliable. Great VFM.

Regards,
Farida Sultana


On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 6:07 PM, Mukesh <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi,
 
I usually try to bicycle everyday to work. Not that I pedal fast or alike, but just ride to work at a leisure speed from Kukatpally to DLF-Gachibowli.
 
But from past one-week finding it difficult to continue because of the rains. I don't mind getting wet (wearing raincoat can help), but guarding the laptop is the problem.
Waterproof bags available in flipkart or usual stores are NOT actually 100% waterproof when there is a continuous rainfall. Laptop can get affected even by moisture.

How do other bikers attend to this problem - any idea? or they just stop pedalling during rainy season.
I am already doing that part of "wrap the laptop in a plastic cover" and then put that inside into the backpack bag.
But the shortcoming is that, the backpack becomes soaked-wet in rains and is not usable for next 3 or 4 days and also backpack takes lot of time to get dried.
So I would endup having to purhcase additional backpacks which is not a practical thing because what if it rains everday?
 
Some of the people recommended using a backpack-cover as shown in attachment.
Does anybody among you guys have it, if yes... how did you get it and what is the cost?
(www.naturelounge.in -- online it is quoting as Rs.500!!!... and its out-of-stock... phew a hundred or two more, I can get a new backpack).
Also I was unable to locate that product on www.decathlon.in (india website).
 
Actually this can be even custom-stitched by using a large plastic-sheet and stitch in a "duffle shape" with an elastic boundary and
all this should not cost more (Rs.100 for material + Rs.100 for stitching + Rs.50 for add-on margin per piece)... so there is a
business opportunity here as this product can be sold to motor-bike users as well, but with language constraints,
perhaps I am unable to explain the tailor in the right manner and others who understand it are not-interested to "venture" into this new product.
 
OR any other workable alternative that anybody of you follows... pls do suggest.
 
Please do get back.
---
Regards,
Mukesh
bTwin - Rockrider 5.0
 

 





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