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Old 07-05-14, 08:10 AM   #1
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Showing Off My Brompton (Update 7/28/14)

I've had my Brompton almost a year and I'm so pleased with it that I can't help showing it off:

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What is that attached to the front bag mount?
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What is that attached to the front bag mount?
It's a military surplus canvas-and-leather bag—a Romanian ammunition bag or something like that. I carry water bottles in it. I made an adapter block out of cherry to slide onto the stock Brompton front carrier block, then a brass rod contraption that goes into the cherry adapter and holds the bag in place.
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It's a military surplus canvas-and-leather bag—a Romanian ammunition bag or something like that. I carry water bottles in it. I made an adapter block out of cherry to slide onto the stock Brompton front carrier block, then a brass rod contraption that goes into the cherry adapter and holds the bag in place.


that's looks awesome! can we see some better pics of that?
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I've had my Brompton almost a year and I'm so pleased with it that I can't help showing it off.
Nothing wrong with showing off a Brompton!
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dats breddy ghoul, mang.

actually, the whole ensemble has a very steampunky vibe.

the mounting block itself looks like something out of Tesla's workshop or a Lovecraftian votive object for summoning the Old Ones.

awesome stuff.

thanks for sharing.

you've inspired me.

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Why is the wood block so thick?
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very nice :-) cool bag attachment!
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Why is the wood block so thick?
Oh, over-engineering on my part, basically.

A fair amount of wood needed to be removed to slip the wood block onto the bag mount, and I didn't want the holes for the brass rods to be too close to the mount slot, so I erred on the side of caution with a thick block of wood. I was worried about the amount of torque applied given a couple of water bottles in the bag and a rough road.

I'm sure it's thicker than it really needs to be.

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Oh, over-engineering on my part, basically.

A fair amount of wood needed to be removed to slip the wood block onto the bag mount, and I didn't want the holes for the brass rods to be too close to the mount slot, so I erred on the side of caution with a thick block of wood. I was worried about the amount of torque applied given a couple of water bottles in the bag and a rough road.

I'm sure it's thicker than it really needs to be.
Thanks, I like it.
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Oh you show-off!
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Oooooh, this is very nice. I've been meaning to make an attachment for my Brompton, and it does look like this is the way to go. Perfect for hanging my backpack by the shoulder straps
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I've had my Brompton almost a year and I'm so pleased with it that I can't help showing it off:
Love the olive drab color. Is that a hand grenade I see hanging from the handlebars?
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Love the olive drab color. Is that a hand grenade I see hanging from the handlebars?
Unfortunately, no.

It's a bluetooth speaker.

The olive drab color is Brompton's Raw Lacquer.

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The olive drab color is Brompton's Raw Lacquer.
Wow, now this is something your don't see everyday! Now I know why you fave coppery colour.

Love the front bag mount.
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Nice set up.
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Looks like you are having fun allenbogey - that's what it's all about. Nice bike!
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I've made some changes to my Brompton.

First, to my surprise the front bag almost shook loose from it's mount at high speed over rough road. I modified the front brass mount:



Now I don't think the bag will come loose:



Next, although I really like my original rear bag, I came across another military surplus bag on Etsy that perfectly matches the front bag:



So here is the current configuration (the colors might be a little off due to the indoor lighting):



Also, you can see a new toolkit that I mounted on the rear (which is facing forward on the bike) of the back bag. A good thing, too, because I had my first Brompton flat in New Orleans on my last trip.
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that's awesome! i love the look of the whole ensemble.

i've also been using those heavy-duty canvas and leather surplus bags for a long time. i think you may find that you need something to secure the bottom of the rear bag to your seat post to avoid the dreaded "bag flap" effect. i use a simple velcro strap.



the one i use is yellow.

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Thanks for the suggestion. I do feel the rear bag swaying when there's a fair amount of weight in it.
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Gorgeous bikes. I love Bromptons. Need go ride my Brompton.
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I like the steampunk vibe and appreciate the effort for the bag selections and mount.
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