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Brompton - Size without tires, saddle, etc...?

Old 03-19-20, 01:41 PM
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Brompton - Size without tires, saddle, etc...?

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I'm planning on grabbing a Brompton B75 when I visit London in May (hopefully travel restrictions due to the Corona virus will be a thing of the past at that point). However, I'm a bit perplexed by my situation. My carry-on bag (with Ryanair) is restricted to the dimensions of 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm. Since the folded size of a Brompton is 58.5 cm x 56.5 cm x 27 cm, I'm wondering if I might be able to take the wheels, saddle, handlebars, cranks/pedals and anything else off and throw them into an accompanying friend's bag. It seems so close that it should certainly be doable, however I can't find any information on whether someone has attempted this before. I would of course use some foam in fragile areas to prevent potential bending/damage.


Anyone know of where I could get any detailed information about this? Maybe someone has disassembled a Brompton similarly?


I hope this isn't too far out of an idea!
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It won't fit into 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 if you only dismount the wheels and saddle.

The folded frame of the Brompton is about 52x48cm.

To reduce it to 40cm high, the only solution is to dismount the rear triangle which is a big work (dismounting the rear triangle axle can be difficult and you also need to disconnect all cables going to the rear triangle: brake, hub, derailleur...).

20cm thick requires also difficult dismounting as you need to dismount the stem.
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Go to a thrift store and buy the largest suitcase that will meet your airline's max size. A hard shell type would be better in terms of protecting the bike. Take a tape measure and make sure the interior dimensions fit. Or, perhaps a friend or relative has one to borrow.
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Originally Posted by Jipe View Post
It won't fit into 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 if you only dismount the wheels and saddle.

The folded frame of the Brompton is about 52x48cm.

To reduce it to 40cm high, the only solution is to dismount the rear triangle which is a big work (dismounting the rear triangle axle can be difficult and you also need to disconnect all cables going to the rear triangle: brake, hub, derailleur...).

20cm thick requires also difficult dismounting as you need to dismount the stem.
Thanks for the detailed response. I figured I might get such a response. It looks like Ryanair actually only charges 25 Euros for online checked baggage. I was under the impression it was much more! I guess I can just pack the box I purchase the brompton in into yet another hard shell suitcase. It seems like there are some pretty nice hardshell suitcases made specially for the brompton, so I might just go that route instead. I'll have to do some more research I guess.

Thanks!
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Go to a thrift store and buy the largest suitcase that will meet your airline's max size. A hard shell type would be better in terms of protecting the bike. Take a tape measure and make sure the interior dimensions fit. Or, perhaps a friend or relative has one to borrow.
Thanks for that recommendation. This was kind of my plan B already. I'm wondering if there are collapsible hard-shell suitcases purposed for the Brompton.
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Thanks for that recommendation. This was kind of my plan B already. I'm wondering if there are collapsible hard-shell suitcases purposed for the Brompton.
Yes, there is at least one.

But its expensive.

If it is just for this single use, you do not need to protect the bike if it remains in its original factory packaging because this packaging is made to be transported without having the bike damaged.
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