Updated Brompton Toolkit Now Available
Just thought I would let you Brompton owners know, in case any are interested, that the toolkit that fits into the frame is now available. A note to you old timers, apparently the kit does not fit into pre-2004 frames. The original release from last year had tire levers that were not sufficient and Brompton stopped production and is providing purchasers of the original kit with upgraded levers. Like the Brompton, this integrated toolkit is expensive and may not be for everyone.
Cheaper alternatives such as the well made Tern kit and the Nutter are available but I imagine most people, like me, have pieced together a suitable kit using tools on hand and saving considerable $.
However, I just got off the phone having ordered the kit from my dealer. Why did I spring for the kit when my collection of tools worked fine? I have a couple of reasons.
1) After carefully placing my collected tools and rubber banding them to take as little space as possible I would transport them in the left rear exterior pocket of my T-Bag. Unfortunately, I carry too many other things in that pocket, depending on the trip - gps, phone, sunglasses, spare tube, rag, credit card stack, etc, that removing the tool kit and freeing up space will be wonderful. Naturally I will probably think of something else to stuff in there, so there you go.
2) When I have travelled with my toolkit in the T-Bag, I have been stopped pretty much every single time by security at the airport and asked to remove it and open it for them. Thus I finally decided that I would preempt this process by pulling it out in the screening line and putting it in the bin with shoes and pocket items, etc. That's a work around but I preferred to have the tools at the bottom of the pocket instead of the top as I was much more likely to use the other stuff. One more thing to deal with at security.
So I have decided to buy this pricey but well made toolkit because it will fit in the frame of my Brompton and go through security with the bike and I'll save a bit of space in my T-bag pocket.