Pee-Wee Herman. Mean Miss Gulch in "The Wizard of Oz." Andy Stitzer in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin." Yeah, there have been plenty of off-beat characters in movies who biked as their main mode of transportation. Now gas prices are high, and riding around on four wheels can be quite expensive. But using a bike to go everywhere doesn't have to be the dorky experience portrayed in the movies. Especially since there are plenty of cool products just for cyclists. --Emilie Le Beau Pack up your stuff Commuting on a bike is a challenge. You have to dodge traffic, avoid stinking up the office and find a way to safely cycle with your stuff. The Outtawhack Daypack from Timbuk2Bags is designed for cyclists lugging a laptop. Made with a nylon exterior, the bag can hold an Apple MacBook 17-inch Pro and smaller laptops. Inside, there's a compartment for papers and a padded area to protect the laptop. There's also an under-flap organizer to quickly corral keys, cell phone or Mp3 player. Available in three color options; $110, timbuk2.com.
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