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Old 10-16-12, 11:29 AM   #1
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B&W Clapton Case for Bromptons

FYI, the B&W Clapton case that we just received weighs 15 pounds 3 ounces (6.90 Kilograms) with the included foam padding when weighed on our Park Tool DS1 digital scale. The tag on the case says that is is a "new 2011" model. We have test-packed a 2012 Brompton P6R (with Shimano dynamo lighting and telescoping seatpost) in it. It's tight. But it fits.

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Our B&W case bought mid 2011 weighs 7.7 kg. I do think that our case had a tag you mention.
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Our B&W case bought mid 2011 weighs 7.7 kg. I do think that our case had a tag you mention.
Maybe they've changed the foam padding. This case has three pieces of high density foam that fill the areas around the retractable handle and two square pieces of lighter foam --- one square piece covers the higher density pieces on the bottom of the case and one covers the top of the case. The sides of the case do not have any padding. I was going to remove the foam padding to weigh the bare case, but the top piece is glued pretty securely.

In any event, I don't think total weight of this case with a Brompton inside will exceed 50 pounds.

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Our has just the two square pieces (with wave-pattern protrusions) and I was thinking about adding extra ones. Apparently, there is a danger of an axle piercing the side of the case when the case is roughly handled. Extra foam pieces could immobilize the bike better inside. Regarding the weight, maybe they have optimized the metal parts.

If you could photograph the extra pieces either separately or positioned with the bike in the case or some page of instruction showing and/or addressing these extra pieces, this could be really helpful for owners of the old model of the case. The case breaking has apparently been an issue recognized by vendors and those extra pieces may be addressing that problem.
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... If you could photograph the extra pieces either separately or positioned with the bike in the case or some page of instruction showing and/or addressing these extra pieces, this could be really helpful for owners of the old model of the case. ...
Here's some pictures. Not exactly what you requested, but I think they may help. You should be able to tell that the three white high-density foam pieces are used to level the surface around the telescoping handle storage area.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you. I thought that these foam pieces were an adaptation to the shape of the bike, while they are an adaptation to the shape of the suitcase. In the old model all that space around the telescopic handle is covered with a relatively rigid and glued down sheet that does not allow to access the space underneath, where similar foam pieces as in your photo may be residing. They presumably lightened the case by getting rid of such a sheet.

This, however, still leaves the issue open of preventing the Brompton from piercing the sides of the case. In my experience of transporting folders in hard suitcases, the rear axles have been the most aggressive bike elements in attacking the suitcase sides. My plan is to place pieces of hard foam into the suitcase, so the rear and just in case also front axles have harder time digging into the case's sides.
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