Flying With a Brompton - What Bag?

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Flying With a Brompton - What Bag?

Postby simonhill » 18 Oct 2020, 3:59pm

Anyone any suggestions for what bag to use for flying with a Brompton? Not proper touring, but basing in different places and then cycling around. Probable bus between stops then cycling with luggage to accomodation so nothing too heavy or bulky.

The hard cases are obviously the best, but expensive and not very portable when on the bike. Brompton's own padded bag looks good, but also expensive at £165. Again it is quite heavy (3.5kgs) and bulky when folded.

There are plenty of cheapo soft bags about, all around the £20 - 30 mark. Not much protection, but If lined with cardboard then might be OK. Lightweight and fold up small for carrying. The Rhinowalk one on Amazon looks reasonable.

In the middle are more expensive models, including one from Carradice, which will certainly be good quality.

Alternatively I could cardboard box and then dump and look for another box for return.

Any thoughts or suggestions welcomed.

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Re: Flying With a Brompton - What Bag?

Postby rualexander » 18 Oct 2020, 7:25pm

Ikea Dimpa bag is a popular choice, cheap and cheerful but works well, and you can line it with cardboard or something for extra protection.

https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/p/dimpa-stor ... -10056770/

https://www.google.com/search?q=ikea+di ... 00&dpr=1.5

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Re: Flying With a Brompton - What Bag?

Postby SimonCelsa » 18 Oct 2020, 8:14pm

Decathlon do some fairly voluminous bags around the £30 - £40 bracket.

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/p/basic-hoc ... 47&c=BLACK

I have no direct experience of this bag but more food for thought and another to add to your 'maybe' list.

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Re: Flying With a Brompton - What Bag?

Postby Sweep » 19 Oct 2020, 6:27am

rualexander wrote:Ikea Dimpa bag is a popular choice, cheap and cheerful but works well, and you can line it with cardboard or something for extra protection.

https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/p/dimpa-stor ... -10056770/

https://www.google.com/search?q=ikea+di ... 00&dpr=1.5

Is the dimpa strong enough for lugging the bike around in? Brommies aren't light.
I have flown with brommies, in a hard case - expensive, heavy, not ideal and i was staying with someone so storage no problem.
I have also used a soft bag padded. I thought that was from carradice and cost me £40 to £50 but my memory may be faulty. Will try to dig it out and check.
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Re: Flying With a Brompton - What Bag?

Postby geomannie » 19 Oct 2020, 12:10pm

In my limited experience of cycling with a Brompton, you can get away with a soft bag if you line the sides with strong stiff cardboard to give extra protection. On arrival the cardboard can be discarded.

Problem is finding more cardboard for the return journey. I didn't and damage occurred.
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Re: Flying With a Brompton - What Bag?

Postby simonhill » 22 Oct 2020, 5:08pm

Hi Chaps, thanks for the replies.

In the end I opted for the one from Amazon and I have been pleasantly surprised. It arrived next day and is made of stout nylon, lined, with edging and webbing underneath to strengthen the bottom. It says it's 600d nylon, which is less than Carradice at 1000d, but at 3rd the price, I could get through 3 and not be out of pocket. It is branded Rhinowalk in a tasteful army green. Plenty large enough for a Brompton with rack and also room to put in cardboard protection plus a bit of other stuff. Link at the bottom.

I looked at the Ikea bags. They are good value but I think they are more for storage in car or train, etc rather than flying. Plus not so easy to hide a bike when taking it as standard baggage on a plane (sports equipment costs 2 or 3 times more).

I was tempted by a Halford's' one, but they didn't take voucher on the net. Just as well as close inspection showed no reinforcing straps underneath.

Thanks again and hope my research (??) helps.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Selighting-Fol ... r=8-2&th=1