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    Travel case for Brompton?

    I know there will be times when I am going to travel with the Brommie, whether by bus, airplane or the family car. Does anyone know of a case for the Brommie that doesn't cost an arm and two legs. I honestly think that the $300+ what they are asking for the Brommie made case is ridiculously over priced. There must be something out there in the aftermarket industry that is good as or near as good for a whole lot less.

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    I've struggled with this too. Last year, I went to a place in Chicago, brommie in tow, to see what I could find. Happened upon this Voyager semi-rigid case for $30. I have no idea where else one would get one, though.

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    I lowered the price by getting the B&W case in the UK. However, after 10+ trips with the Brompton or another bike inside, you don't look back at the price. If it broke, I'd get another one right away. In the end the same was with Brompton - I shivered at the price of the bike of Brompton and add-ons. After some experience with the bike, you do not look back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
    Last year, I went to a place in Chicago, brommie in tow, to see what I could find. Happened upon this Voyager semi-rigid case for $30. I have no idea where else one would get one, though.
    bargainguy would you reveal, though, where exactly in Chicago you got your Voyager? Just in case we were getting another Brompton or whatever.
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    Sure. Luggage Warehouse, 2876 N. Milwaukee Ave. It is a somewhat challenged neighborhood. Don't mean to offend anyone in Chi-town, just a heads up for anyone considering going there. Avondale area near the Logan Square stop of the blue line.

    The chances of finding another one there are slim to non-existent, however. The way I understand it, they get their luggage as closeouts from Macy's and other major retailers, and a lot of them are one-offs, so it's not like they have a dozen of one size or color. I didn't see anything similar to mine. Prices are incredibly reasonable - my $30 included tax.

    It's a bit crowded inside. The owner was very helpful. I brought my brommie in a bag and then put the bag inside the case so there'd be no question of soiling anything. Supposedly this is the place to get quality luggage at a supersteal price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
    Sure. Luggage Warehouse, 2876 N. Milwaukee Ave. It is a somewhat challenged neighborhood. Don't mean to offend anyone in Chi-town, just a heads up for anyone considering going there. Avondale area near the Logan Square stop of the blue line.

    It's a bit crowded inside. The owner was very helpful. I brought my brommie in a bag and then put the bag inside the case so there'd be no question of soiling anything. Supposedly this is the place to get quality luggage at a supersteal price.
    Great! I know that area well and pass by there even without bike interests. I guess I'll haul the Brompton along on the next occasion. B&W case is hard to beat and I do not rise my hopes too high but at $30 I can afford checking alternatives - sometimes a case tad lighter than B&W could work better. Incidentally, I already got a soft case for Brompton off Ebay (originally some instrument case), for even less than $30, but the latter case lacks wheels, unlike your Voyager find.

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    The Voyager looks like a very good option for cars, trains and busses. It appears to be larger than the 62" airline allowance, so be prepared to pay a surcharge if you fly with it.

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    Good point, Hank. I bought the Voyager case for casual travel, knowing the case is oversize for plane trips.

    I'm still looking for a hard square case with wheels and a pull-out handle at outlet stores, thrift shops, etc. - in fact, I keep a small measuring tape in my pocket for this. What I find is that most square cases are either too small, or if they're the correct outer dimensions, the handle cuts into the interior space enough to make it a no-go for a brommie. Most rectangular cases I see are too short in one dimension.

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    Folding suitcases are available on ebay. These could be place on the brommie rack for touring. No experience of these, and don't know if big enoght just found them on ebay.
    Example "cabin max global"
    Quality looks a tad low for the price, but that is due to folding option??
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    Quote Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
    I've struggled with this too. Last year, I went to a place in Chicago, brommie in tow, to see what I could find. Happened upon this Voyager semi-rigid case for $30. I have no idea where else one would get one, though.

    vcase1.jpgvcase2.jpgvcase3.jpg
    I never thought of looking into regular type luggage, but this does give me a good idea. I will have to check around for anything that might work. Hopefully I can find something, even if its a tad big, I could line the luggage with extra padding. Some have actually taken the bike itself with no cover and have been able to stow it in the overhead compartment on a plane.
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    Yea, since the wife needs a folding bike too .. and you said you have to get a lesser bike for her
    because of the overbudget on yours,

    spending a lot for a case for your Brompton is not good family Politics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Yea, since the wife needs a folding bike too .. and you said you have to get a lesser bike for her
    because of the overbudget on yours,

    spending a lot for a case for your Brompton is not good family Politics.
    Absolutely right. I have decided to build one -- how -- not sure yet. At least it will be something secure in the back of the wagon.

    My wife and I have decided that she will continue riding the MB. It will fit the back of the station wagon if I remove the front wheel. All is fine there. She can still ride the Brommie when she wants. In the meantime we will save for another Brompton as that is what she really wants. So why spend a lot of money on something she might not be happy with -- so the wait will be worth it in the long run. One has to sit back and think it out properly based on budget etc., and not react hastily on emotion like we almost did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Still Pedaling View Post
    Absolutely right.

    My wife and I have decided that she will continue riding the MB. It will fit the back of the station wagon if I remove the front wheel. All is fine there. She can still ride the Brommie when she wants. In the meantime we will save for another Brompton as that is what she really wants. So why spend a lot of money on something she might not be happy with -- so the wait will be worth it in the long run.
    Totally wrong. Rewind. You buy the Brompton for your wife. Then, you 'borrow' it from her. When you need to buy the $300 case, you buy it for your wife, actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2_i View Post
    Totally wrong. Rewind. You buy the Brompton for your wife. Then, you 'borrow' it from her. When you need to buy the $300 case, you buy it for your wife, actually.
    Reverse psychology. That way she thinks she's getting another gift.
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