I'm thinking of getting a new bike, one with a Pannier or Cycle rack; my job requires me to travel with a Macbook Pro and there are several issues.
1). I am worried about crashing/wiping out and breaking the MBP.
Is there a recommended crash-proof bag, or a bag that securely fastens it so that it does not bang against either the side of the pannier; or when you put the bag on the floor it doesn't hit the laptop?
I've been looking at the Hardcase shell and the bags you can get for MBP at a local Apple store; however they look flimsy as hell and only appear to be there to reduce scratches.
a) Are hardcase shells (as sold in the Apple stores) designed to withstand this kind of damage?
2). The additional weight will make the bike sway around corners, when braking, or when climbing up hills.
This is a particular problem that I am unsure how to solve. I could carry the laptop on my back, but ideally I want to move the weight from my shoulders to the pannier.
Another possible solution would be to put a counterweight in the opposite bag, but this means carrying much more weight than I need to; additionally I do not have anything to act as a counterweight.
Another possible solution is to put it on the central (top) pannier rack behind the seat and use straps, etc to securely fasten the laptop bag.
The problem with this is rain, especially if its sitting flat, it'll just collect moisture, and soak through.
I am based in the UK.