If you spend any time working at a desk on a laptop, you’ll know that it can be a pain in the neck – quite literally. Jesse Herbert of Montreal-based design firm tried a number of solutions including putting objects under the laptop, then hit on the idea of creating a laptop stand made from recycled handlebars and inner tubes.
The Bicycle Handle Bar Laptop Stand, which costs US$99, uses the inner tubes to provide grip so the laptop doesn’t slide off, and comes complete with a leather cable holder to keep your cables neat and tidy. Other bicycle accessories from the firm include a top-tube wine bottle holder in leather, plus a U-lock holster.
Though it’s not mentioned in the video, another use for the laptop stand might be to keep it off your thigh if you’re using your computer on the sofa – if you’ve ever had an Apple MacBook perched on your thigh for any length of time, you’ll know that the heat can result in a nasty red welt on the skin that takes time to disappear.
It’s a quirky product that we reckon could appeal to anyone with a love of technology as well as retro bicycle chic – more information can be found on the Oopsmark website.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.