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Old 04-03-12, 08:20 PM   #1
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Anyone sell Brompton luggage at discount prices?

I'm open to the folding basket or a C bag but geez, they want a LOT for them at all the usual suspects. Any thoughts?

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Old 04-03-12, 10:05 PM   #2
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Get a frame and cobble your own bag onto that. I got me a very nice Ortlieb SlingIt Small, and Velcro'd the bottom and magneted the top to the frame. The frame was made narrower.








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Old 04-03-12, 11:28 PM   #3
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I've been looking at just the frame. I've got 3-4 lumbar and day packs and I don't see why I couldn't just bungee something on a frame. Then, I'd have something more useful for hiking too when I leave the bike in the rig.
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All about brompton luggage one way or another. I am in the process of adding a soft top to the Brompton "basket" with a rolltop (can also use a drawstring) to avoid stuff falling out. Wil continue with the project and post pics as soon as I finished my kitchen remodelling. I think somebody else on the forum is doing the same.

http://www.toehead.plus.com/bagmain.htm

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ompton+luggage

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I had a messenger bag with a waist belt,
I laced the waist belt thru the front bag frame, snapped the buckle shut,
and put a piece of Coroplast in the bag, as a stiffener.
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I added a shoulder strap to the folding basket recently, something I'd had in mind to do since I got it. I tend to put a messenger-type bag inside the basket and if I need to go shopping I can put the messenger bag over my shoulder and the folding basket is empty. Having a shoulder strap for the basket (or whatever luggage) is crucial for certain things, i.e. if I need to completely fold the bike and carry it having the basket on my shoulder gives me a free hand for opening doors etc..
I've got the Carradice front bag but I never use it as the basket is generally more useful.
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Been there, done that with my own Brompton-and the other bikes I have or had too. I either adapt already sewn bags to my Brompton's front frame (the large blue bag) , or I simply make one myself for the frame (the black one with the beaded bicycle image on the front).
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So while it's interesting to see what creative ways some of you get around buying Brompton luggage, I'll try again - does anyone know of a source that sell their luggage for less than MAP pricing?
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Guess not.they, are not racing to the bottom.
have no 'bikes direct' and don't sell to Wall Mart.
and there is the dollar to UK-pound exchange rate in addition.
U$D is the weak one..
Try, SJS in UK, nearest UK source with international shipping..

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So while it's interesting to see what creative ways some of you get around buying Brompton luggage, I'll try again - does anyone know of a source that sell their luggage for less than MAP pricing?
A Brompton is an expensive bicycle (though very well worth it IMO). It also means that the accessories are expensive too. You just cannot walk into a discount store or shop and expect to see a bag already sewn that is made to just slide over it's unique frame and go like a shirt or a handbag. I have had my own Brompton for almost 7 years now. I have yet to buy a special or official genuine bag-whatever that means-as I don't depend on Brompton to do everything for me or the bike. Several years ago, there were absolutely no Brompton dealers in the Los Angeles vicinity-now there are 3 and counting. At that point in time, I had to travel a considerable distance to buy my bike plus being limited to mail order any official Brompton accessories for the bike. So I turned to adapting other components/accessories from many sources to my own needs over the years that appealed to me for various good reason(s). This is the result (shown in the photographs is a Nirve beach cruiser saddle, and a 98mm razor scooter wheels. Not so obvious are the brake pad replacement with Kool Stops, and of course plenty of bags and slipcovers):

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So while it's interesting to see what creative ways some of you get around buying Brompton luggage, I'll try again - does anyone know of a source that sell their luggage for less than MAP pricing?
I think you can forget about that. Andrew Ritchey has had a very tough public stand against large chain shops discounting the bike and the accessories over the smaller dealers who stood by Brompton at the beginning.
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I guess I'll just have to bite the bullet and buy the frame or a frame/bag combo. The saddle post bag just won't cut it and if I ride in warmer weather I hate having a day or lumbar pack strapped behind my back.

I cheaped out and didn't get the rack on mine so I guess I'll have to pay the piper to get the post mounted set-up. I do have the block which was mounted on the bike I ordered through the guy up in NorCal. I had to mail order the bike as there are no dealers anywhere near me. I looked at them last year at the store in El Segundo but they didn't have what I wanted in stock. I'd also ridden Dahons and a couple Bike Fridays at the store down in Laguna but didn't care for either.

I updated my Brompton with some Ergon grips and a Brooks B-17 and the bike is always in the back of my Land Cruiser, ready to ride at a moment's notice. My longest ride was nearly 30 miles and I'd wished I'd had more space.

So the question is: frame only and strap on a day pack, or get the basket, C bag or T bag???
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I have the basket also; I thought that would be my everywhere carry-all solution. However it is rather BIG. That's why I cobbled my own alternative solution together - I wanted something that is guaranteed waterproof, and Brompton items aren't, or extremely costly.
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I think all that stuff looks big too, even the S bag. I don't commute or shop by bike, I just like to ride for fun and have a bike with me wherever I go. I just need something I can shove a windbreaker and windpants in as well as a little lunch and a few more items than I can stick in my little wedge saddle pack.
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Combine German Ortlieb bags made exclusively for Brompton,
and the price really goes up,
but they now sell a ready to snap on the frame mount clip version
of handlebar, and Downtown bags

Seam welded construction, keeps stuff dry..
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The folding basket is big, just about right for groceries for one person I find. I get the impression that it acts a a sail/wind brake in headwinds. . . I've no idea how substantial this effect is but in headwinds I do find myself resenting it's presence, rationally or not. Jur's narrower frame/bag combo looks elegant.
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I'm a big fan of the Brompton front bags, as I think they work brilliantly. But there are other options, particularly if you want something smaller. There's this:


Or this:

Or even something like this:

All of these use leather straps to go through the two attachment points on the saddle and then a third strap loops around the seatpost. Larger sizes are available, too.
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Did you try e-bay or similar? I`d guess sometimes peopel buy the wrong bag and want to sell it again.
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Did you try e-bay or similar? I`d guess sometimes peopel buy the wrong bag and want to sell it again.
I agree. I have seen ads for "used" or "gently used" Brompton or other brands bags either on e-bay or Craigslist. I have yet to see the prices more moderate or at a similarly used condition price range. Every time I spot an bag ad, I noticed that the price is almost as much as a new bag would cost at a official dealer. I don't think I want to pay for someone else's mistake and absorb their cost. Maybe an older bike, but not for accessories.
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I've looked for used on the usual places but like FF points out, most of the time people want nearly new prices for them.
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Tere is a guy on ratrodbikes that builds leather bags and they are reasonable. I believe he is located in Spokane.
http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/vie...hp?f=2&t=49900
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