Unpacking 16" folder from flight - the bag
I suppose *packing* would be more interesting but I took photos AFTER the trip. I made some notes at KLIA (Kuala Lumpur) so I'll try to reconstruct, if backwards...
Bickerton bag (SGD80 at MY BIKE SHOP, Singapore)
Logic would suggest using the webbed shoulder strap that comes with the Bickerton bag but I find using it makes the weight and bulk of the Flamingo (and perhaps any steel-framed bike?) unbearable. I feel like an Israeli soldier on exercise. Beats up my body, bumping around as I walk with about 14 kilos. So, instead use the built in top handle straps. I might experiment in the future using the shortened shoulder strap as the top handles are severe to the shoulders and armpit blood circulation.
Either way, shoulder or top webbing, Bickerton bag shoulder straps are mediocre. I add my own silicon foam from TOKYO HANDS, Japan. These GELTRON pads are not cheap but they are well-made.
The red cloth tape is a marker to remind me which side to have against my body. Is it painless? No, just less painful. Whether the Brompton is any less so I cannot say. I ride a FLAMINGO, a Taiwanese bike with a very similar fold.
In my rush to pack at the airport I lost my TSA combo lock and ended up using a brass combo lock I reserve for Bangkok guesthouse rented room hasps.
I don't like the BICKERTON logo screaming out 'Bicycle inside'. But I suppose it's no worse than Thailand's VINCENTE bags with even more obvious bike logo. Some suggest alerting luggage handlers and Customs what is inside. However, I am trying to avoid duty fees from border guards upon arrival in Vietnam.
In fact, no one takes notice. Customs is non-existent. (no X-ray of incoming luggage). Which if one us carrying pepper spray that one forgot to check, it would be missed too. Two Malaysian Security X-ray checks wouldn't catch it either. Glad I'm a bicyclist not a terrorist.
Last edited by Hermespan; 05-16-14 at 02:02 PM.