Mar 04 2014
So you’ve got your T Bag  loaded with everything for your travels. Maybe you’re headed camping for the weekend or flying half-way around the world for a Brompton tour overseas. Once you’ve got all of your personal items ready for whatever your adventure may be, it’s time to take stock and make sure both bike and rider will be well taken care of no matter what the road has in store.
If you’re planning a lengthy ride or a multi-day tour, you’ll want to make sure you stay well hydrated. Since a Brompton doesn’t have water bottle cage mounts like you’d find on a typical bike frame, most Brompton riders are accustomed to carrying water inside their front luggage or in a jersey pocket. When one bottle isn’t enough, we like the Two Fish Quick Cage . It fits well on both the Brompton main-frame and the stem riser below the handlebars. Both spots are accessible while riding. And let’s not forget snacks , a lack of which often causes conflict while traveling.
With food and water covered, let’s delve into the care of your Brompton on tour.
For multi-day rides and longer trips, it’s important to be aware of what components are specific to your Brompton. Depending where you are traveling, these small parts can sometimes be the hardest to source. Sophie, an experienced U.S.-based tourist, recently shared with the Brompton Blog that she won’t leave home without a spare Gear Indicator Chain [2, bottom]. Several of our local customers who travel by plane with their bikes on a regular basis also include a pair of Hinge Clamp Assemblies [2, top] in each suitcase. We recommend that these be removed before shipping or checking your Brompton on a flight to avoid any chance of damage, but to be doubly sure a spare set is an excellent idea.
Before you fly, you’ll also want to deflate somewhat both of your tires. So that you’re ready to air-up when you reach your destination, be sure to pack your pump .
And, speaking of tires… many tourists erring on the side of caution like to bring not just spare tubes  (an absolute must), but even a spare tire along. Sophie mentioned she’ll be packing a spare 16″ Marathon for future trips. If you want to be prepared but don’t have space for a Marathon, a folding Kojak  makes for a more compact package. Care to take your chances and save room for other items? Why not pack a credit card-sized packet of Emergency Tire Boots  just in case?
While it’s not unheard of to need a new tire as a result of a flat, more often than not the problem is with the tube itself. Of course, before you jump to fix a flat with a new tube, it’s often wise to use a patch first — especially if your spares are limited. If you haven’t yet gotten your hands on a Brompton Toolkit , we recommend carrying a good patch kit, the multi-tool of your choice, and the PDW 3wrencho  for removing a wheel and tire in the event of a flat.
For tips on wheel removal, trouble-shooting a flat, and other tricks to keep in mind when traveling with your Brompton, join us this Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until close for a Brompton Travel Clinic and a screening of The History of Brompton. Get details about the event here. You can RSVP on Facebook to let us know you’re coming. If you can’t make this week’s movie night, share your Brompton Travel Essentials with us on Twitter or Facebook.
Posted by Martha in Instructional