I got this rack for my commuter to carry my laptop and a small tool pack, that I previously carried in a messenger bag (no more sweaty back). I use bungee cargo netting and other miscellaneous straps to keep the cargo secure while riding. The design lends itself to a lot of tie down points. Super solid construction and surprisingly lightweight. It also works well to transport a small cooler with a six pack of beer and perfectly fits a 12-pack on it's way back from the store.