• Interesting set-up for touring that you have put together. 🙂 I’ve found that I can’t really put much weight on the Brompton’s rear rack (bag-wise) since there’s not much clearance between the fender and tire. But the front touring bag is good for holding a lot of stuff! 🙂 Charmaine

    March 29, 2011
  • Carol

    It is fun the read what you are doing with your Bromptons. My husband and I bought ours in 2007 for a 6 month trip in 2008, which we took through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore, India, Turkey, Greek Islands and The Netherlands. We added boats, buses, minivans and airplanes to your list that equals freedom. More recently we have pedaled through The Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary. We have never tried to camp as part of our bicycle travel, but we’ve stayed in some really cheap lodging! With only the front bag, we can take enough clothes, a silk bed liner, and extras as needed. I will continue to watch your progress. Have fun!

    April 01, 2011
  • Very interesting. I’ll be following your story!

    April 02, 2011
  • Susan

    Hi! Can you tell me what size wheels you’re using?

    April 06, 2011
  • The Bromptons have 16 inch wheels.


    April 06, 2011
  • bubba

    Sounds like an adventure. I support your efforts to make train/bike travel better and more popular.

    one note on the “minibikes” is that the little rims get hot on downhills w/a load. I don’t supose they offer discs?

    good luck!

    April 11, 2011
  • Russ&Laura,
    I found this article, especially the part about the non-compatibility of the standard Brompton seat post with the SQR fitting, very useful.

    Thanks for the enlightenment.

    Peace 🙂

    PS. I enjoyed meeting both of you at the Brompton booth during the NAHBS!

    April 27, 2011
  • Hello Russ and Laura, inspired by ur articles.. I think I am going to use my brommie to tour!

    June 09, 2011
  • tawiwoon – Awesome! Hope to get to tour in your part of the world one day!

    June 09, 2011
  • Russ, if u do, pls make sure u let me know.. And u can bunk in my place!

    June 11, 2011
  • Milton

    Hi. Fascinating blog – thanks…

    I’m on the point of ordering a custom Brompton, and am just making the final decisions a few things, so I just had a couple of questions:

    1) Would you say that the Ergon grips give the M-type handlebars the functionality that’s intended to be provided by the P-type? It would be good to hear a little more about why you went for the M and not the P. Do the Ergon grips effectively give you two different riding positions – one for speed, one for looking at the scenery, like the P bars? (It’s a little hard to tell from the design of the grips themselves, and from the images here.)

    2) I’m having trouble deciding between the standard and reduced gearing. Did you ever feel that the top gear, on a long flat or downhill stretch with no traffic, was any lower than you would have wished? I know it’s basically just a question of trade-offs between different preferences, but, again, I’d be fascinated if you could expand on your experience in this area.

    Thanks again! MH

    July 08, 2011
  • […] you’re interested in the particular specs of our Bromptons, read this previous post. If you have any questions we haven’t answered, feel free to comment here or shoot us an […]

    July 29, 2011
  • Milton:

    The Ergon grips are vastly superior to the P-type bars. The lower position is too far from the brakes for safety, and your hands are in the same orientation, only lower. With the Ergon grips, you can rotate your wrists 90 degrees, to a more natural position (great for climbing out of the saddle), and still be within a split second of the brakes.

    The P-type bars are also narrower by a smidge by measure and narrower still in effect because you can’t hold onto the top, outside curve of the handlebars as well as you can hold onto Ergon grips.

    I got P-type bars for my first Brompton and M-type bars for the second (after I sold my car and needed a bike even more). I liked the M-type bars that I had the P-type bars converted to M-type (at no small expense), and I wouldn’t go back for anything.


    August 03, 2011
  • Albert

    After seeing your website several months ago, I ordered a Brompton with a very similar options like yours…M-type, 6 gear, rear rack, EZwheels, Brooks saddle (titanium), and the titanium option…Thank you.

    I wanted to ask you about your pedals and grips…
    I use my bike primarily for commuting to work and running errands in the city (San Francisco). I was debating between the removable MKS King pedals versus MKS AR-2 EZY Quick Release Road Pedals (http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/pedals.html). The Brompton guy at NYC wheels put the quick release AR-2 pedals on his Brompton. MKS also makes a folding pedal…http://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=24473. I ride my bike with regular shoes and wanted your opinion on a set of pedals that’s compact, light, and fitting with the Brompton folding bike.

    I’ve been debating between the GP-1 and GC-2 ERgon grips (I was thinking of getting the Biokork version for the lightweight factor). What is the point of the long thing attached to the end of GC-2 (and GR-2)?

    Thanks for introducing to me such a great bike…it’s a blast riding it everyday!

    August 21, 2011
  • Brian

    How are the shimano dynamo hubs performing? Read that the bracket that supports the front light breaks easily especially when the road gets bumpy — potholes.

    I’d like to put a shimano hub in my brompton but feel it’s too much of a hassle if it just breaks down easily.

    Anyone with shimano dynamo care to share their experiences with it?

    September 08, 2011
  • We’re using the Shimano hubs….about 2000 miles of loaded touring and it’s working well. Laura has the stock light that comes with the Shimano hub and I switched mine with the Lumotec Cyo. We’ve had to replace her bulb already. Not very long life on the those bulbs.


    September 08, 2011
  • Nigel Healy

    You still on BWR gear-reduced, I’m sure I’ve seen photos showing you went for a double-chainring manual-move? I think when your BB was working loose I saw a double-chainring. Is there details on that?

    I have two touring Bromptons, one long / loaded / hilly multi-day type tours, and one for shorter / lighter / less-hill. My longer touring one is S6R with the older narrow 6-speed and a Schlumpf Mountain Drive, for 12 gears 18″-97″ and my shorter is a S6L-X/BWR gear-reduced 29″-88″.
    I also have Ergon grips on both, the Biokork on my S6L-X and the GR2 on the S6R.

    January 16, 2012
  • James B

    I have a S6R on order, and I loved the S bars on my test ride, but I’m worrying now that I won’t have the luggage options if I go touring. I’ll mainly use it for commuting around London and giving some road bikes a run for their money, but in the holidays I’d like to go camping with it. How do you manage? Thanks

    July 09, 2012
  • Jennifer

    Thanks for the post! What kind of rear bags and carrier block type thing do you have on the sage bike in the second photo? It looks like a very nice set up. Happy riding!

    August 17, 2012
  • […] J’ai conseillé Céline d’acheter un vélo Brompton après avoir parcouru le net sur les différents vélos pliants. Il existe différentes marques de vélos pliants mais celle-ci sortait du lot de part la compacité du vélo au pliage et leur aptitude à la randonnée. Si on est sceptique quant à la capacité de randonner avec ce vélo, Russ ROCCA et Laura CRAWFORD ont parcouru 16 OOO Kilometres pendant 15 mois à travers les Etats Unis le long de la côte pacifique avec leur Brompton, faites un tour sur leur site : http://pathlesspedaled.com/2011/03/touring-bromptons/ […]

    August 28, 2012
  • hi carol! i saw your 2011 note re; folding bikes and your extensive travels. we are looking at a trip through india in spring and wonder what your route was? we are considering new dehli to khatmandu and into bhutan….

    January 07, 2013
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    March 30, 2013
  • […] A couple I particularly enjoyed are Lovely Bike and The Path Less Pedaled (which also has a detailed spec, and a load of accessory reviews). Here’s I Love Biking SF, I Love Brompton, and Cycling […]

    July 08, 2013
  • Steve Doherty

    I wish all internet postings were as lucid, intelligent, interesting, good-natured and helpful as this one. It answered all my questions but two concerning the impending purchase of a Brompton. 1) Does anyone know if thick walled inner tubes are available anywhere for Brompton wheels. I have had them for years on thin wheeled road bikes and never had a flat. I will use my bike in some remote areas and like to travel with as little as possible. 2)Does the Dahon seat post pump fit the Brompton and does it work?

    August 26, 2013
  • Alexandria

    Thanks guys! You are truly an inspiration!!! I am going to buy my wife and I Bromies for touring and your set up guide has absolutely helped me decide how to build ours (almost exactly the same). Your BASW episodes have us totally psyched to get out and go. We are so outdoorsy and have always wanted to bike out west and in Europe. I think these Bromptons will fit the bill…and your wonderful website and blogs will fuel our anticipation and inspiration!

    August 26, 2013
  • Steve

    Thanks – you cost me a ton of money – out the door a Ti Brommie is not cheap. Your blogs, trips, stories inspired me to get a folding bike for the Camino De Santiago across Spain and New Zealand. I am very grateful for your taking the time to let us ride with you through the internet. I got my bike through Clever Cycle because they support you and they were great to deal with. Please keep up the great work so my cubical will not squeeze in and crush me.

    September 25, 2015
  • Ha! Thanks for the great comments 🙂

    September 28, 2015
  • Michael Katz

    Love your site. Wondering…What size backpacks do you use when touring with your Brompton? I don’t want to buy something too big or short myself with something too small.
    Thank you.

    December 26, 2015
  • Monklu

    Hi Steve,

    How did the Brompton do on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela?



    October 02, 2016

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