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    Brompton rear rack luggage options

    So I'm looking for luggage options for the rear rack on my Brompton. All I can find is the "Rack Sack." That's everything. It's hard to believe Brompton would be so short sighted as to design the rear rack with just one bag option. Is there anything else out there that could work?

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    You could probably use a different manufacturer's rack bag if it fit.

    But I'd also recommend looking into getting the mounting block that screws into the Brommie's headtube, and getting the lightweight S-frame from Brompton that mounts on said mounting block.

    From there, you can cobble together any kind of bag onto the S-frame that'll work. I fitted my $4 rummage sale bag in just that fashion in post #2 of this thread: Backpack on Brompton S-type carrying frame?

    The neat thing about this arrangement is that the bag does not move as you turn the handlebars in either direction, which keeps a nice constant center of gravity. And the quick-release system for the S-frame/mounting block is very easy to use.

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    Ah, I didn't think of other ways of using the s-frame. Nice. I do have Brompton's folding basket, but I don't want to put anything fragile and expensive in it for fear of it just popping out on a rough bump. I've noticed the small wheels are a lot less forgiving than those on my other bike. Also, things that need to stay dry really shouldn't go in that basket.

    The Brompton rack sack might be the best solution since Brompton designed it specifically to work with their bike and it is the only one. I'd just like a few options like they have for the front.

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    I use this on my BF. I like that I can leave it off unless I need it so I don't carry extra weight all the time. Unclips if I want to fold it and the frame fits inside my backpack (you can use a lot of different bags on it, you don't have to use theirs). CrossRack Bicycle Rack | Xootr Urban Transport
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    You can modify the brompton basket. Add a rolltop to it. Works great. Can not imagine using the B basket unmodifyed.

    https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=...ket%20modifyed
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    I have an S type and also a basket for large loads but fine when empty it interferes with the brake levers a bit, so I tie the two handles together and that helps. When full this isn't an issue. Anyone else find this and have a better solution? That bag will hold an amazing amount of stuff without affecting the handling but it sure does slow you down in a headwind. As Bargain Guy said, I have made a couple of bags of different sizes which work fine for different loads and are both a little more aero. I also bought a cheap nylon bag for the Army Navy store and stiffened it with a back of 1/8 inch plexiglass to hang off the saddle. This is enough for light things and since stout winds are everyday here it doesn't slow the bike since it is behind it.

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    Is there something I am not getting here..the original post was luggage for the rear rack..most people have written about the front luggage options..
    I have a rear bag by Axiom...which fits on a Brompton rear rack with 4 velcro straps..Easy to take the bag off in a few seconds..about 15 litres in all ..It has 2 side panniers that fold away but if you have large feet you might catch these..I believe the Topeak company make one similar...
    The best thing I have found is simply to put a Carradice Nelson Longflap saddlebag straight on to the rear rack held on by 2 bungies ..or 3 ..about 25 litres plus..trouble is it needs to be full...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SurlyLaika View Post
    So I'm looking for luggage options for the rear rack on my Brompton. All I can find is the "Rack Sack." That's everything. It's hard to believe Brompton would be so short sighted as to design the rear rack with just one bag option. Is there anything else out there that could work?
    I vaguely recall some folks using the rear rack to support a backpack with the top of the backpack strapped to the saddle and seat post.

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    That's one of the benefits of the Crossrack. Puts the load behind your body and out of the wind =). My neighbor toured on a Brompton with a crossrack in the rear for their clothes and gear and a front rack frame with just the sleeping bag.tent lashed to it. Kept the front fairly narrow and aerodynamic and the wider load in the back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SurlyLaika View Post
    So I'm looking for luggage options for the rear rack on my Brompton. All I can find is the "Rack Sack." That's everything. It's hard to believe Brompton would be so short sighted as to design the rear rack with just one bag option. Is there anything else out there that could work?
    Because the Brompton rear rack is folded Under as its Kickstand , in fold number One,
    (L model it's .. mudguard roller and the 2 wheels on the rear frame portion)

    you have to remove the bag on the rack to stand it on its folded under rear end.

    Options: Large Carradice saddle bags.. on the seat back loops.. seatpost beam racks , or my favorite:

    the Carry Freedom City, folding, Bike Trailer , with a Chariot ball elastomer and socket Hitch .

    Heinz Stuke is one rider now on his decades long Bike tour Using a Brompton
    with the back country sized back Pack standing on the rear rack + the B touring Front Bag.
    Last edited by fietsbob; 01-19-16 at 11:35 AM.

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    You could do something like this - a stiff framed backpack hung over a seatpost extension rack.

    It's easier to stop and smell the roses when all you have to do is put a foot down.

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    ^^^ Water resistant Zippers on the back pocket of the front Bags?

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    Quote Originally Posted by invisiblehand View Post
    I vaguely recall some folks using the rear rack to support a backpack with the top of the backpack strapped to the saddle and seat post.
    Video: Backpacks on Bromptons @ The Path Less Pedaled

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