31 comments


  • You two are the reason I bought a Brompton (carrying stuff + bus / trains) in the first place. Since March or so I’ve ridden it over 1000 miles, on all sorts of trips and terrain, and it’s been an AMAZING bike. Great review.

    September 07, 2011
  • Chris Sorlie

    Great article! Great writing and photography as well! Keep up the good (I just couldn’t say “great” three times in a row!) work!

    September 07, 2011
  • This is a very well written review of the Brompton bike as a touring bike. Really nice!

    September 07, 2011
  • Loved this article guys…Looking forward to more of your touring accounts.

    September 07, 2011
  • “…use standard parts. The Brompton handily breaks this rule. Nearly everything is proprietary.”

    Ha! Love it!

    Seriously though, if it breaks, fold it, take it on motorised transport to someplace you can fix it. Can’t do that with a non-folding bike, not as easily anyway.

    September 08, 2011
  • Lee

    Superb article about touring with your Bromptons. Enjoy your trip :-)

    September 08, 2011
  • […] du ge dig ut i världen med din Brompton. Här finns en hel del att ta till sig av ett par som har […]

    September 08, 2011
  • Ray Warren

    Good article, found via the Brompton yahoo group.

    As an old coot, looking to buy a Brompton to do some combined walking & cycling touring in Britain, it has given me some excellent food for thought. Different terrain from your experiences, but when I tink about it there are some similar issues.

    Hadrian’s Wall, Offa’s dyke (kind of thing) might actually be seeing me in the not too distant future.

    The one remaining concern I have before spending the dosh on a Brompton is its physical durability. Any further comments on this?

    Ray.

    September 08, 2011
  • Plus you get more smiles and conversation-openers on a Brommie!

    September 08, 2011
  • Nigel Healy

    You still have much shrinkage to go. I get by with a S-bag and a small rackbox and that’s all I need for everything. I’d need a little more space if not passing food restocking places every day.
    Large down bags? Think 800fp or 900fp and compression sacks will get your bag down to 3L size.
    If you’re touring with another, then the per-person kit shrinks.

    September 08, 2011
  • @Nigel our actual camping gear is very small and could fit in the front bag. It is the computer, camera, video camera and hard drives that lets us record the trip that nearly doubles the volume/weight!

    R

    September 08, 2011
  • Every day when I check in to read….I end up heading to Clever cycles site to shop my dream brompton! Some day!

    Great writeup (as usual)!

    September 08, 2011
  • Stuart Knoles

    Hurray for the wrong way doing.

    September 08, 2011
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    September 09, 2011
  • Interesting that after reading this post Nigel Healy still has the gall to say you’re still doing it wrong. Nigel, go back and read this post again.

    September 18, 2011
  • Great article! I wish had read about your trip before we tried island hopping thru the caribbean on our surly LHT last year! we definitly will get a brompton next time we try this tipe of touring!

    November 26, 2011
  • Casey Wolverton

    Great review! Very helpful. Thank you.

    December 27, 2011
  • Mahesh

    Non standard parts are a big letdown for brompton because I wont find a “clever cycles” in my neighbourhood in india. Shipping is just too bloody expensive given the recent import duty hikes. I am better off with a bikefriday that uses standard parts, tougher and provides regular gearing.

    April 24, 2012
  • Tam

    It’s a bit of a straw man argument if your LHT load was 140 pounds. That’s crazy. Most people using these bikes are probably carrying 40-60. So obviously anything you do to alter that tragic fail is going to seem liberating. I think Bromptons, and actual utltralite gear are a great combo, but cut you main load to 8 pounds and you are going to be liberated no mater what you choose to ride. Check out rayjardine.com for a guy that has taken that step and reduced his load so he could ride anything from walmart bikes cross country to tandems.

    May 16, 2012
  • Hey Guys!
    This is a great article. I ride a LHT and know the joy of riding a 50-60kg bike (http://thegracefulcyclists.wordpress.com/gear/). The bike themselves are amazing but I struggle with travel because with a large frame and racks I often can’t get a bike box big enough.
    You guys have inspired me to reconsider my short trip packing and bike selection. Do you think you could put up some photos of your backpack fix?
    Cheers guys and keep riding!

    July 24, 2012
  • Great article guys
    I have a Dahon folder, and have toured on it using a folding trailer. I love Bromptons, and are renovating one at the moment for my partner.
    I’d love one myself, and this articlce reminded me that everything is about attitude and not what wheels you have.
    Happy riding to you both
    Graeme Willgress
    Riding2Recovery

    September 27, 2012
  • Great article and perfect timing… we have our Bromptons on order and were just talking today about whether we could tour with them or not. Question answered. Thanks for the insight. Now to practice lightening up! cheers, Lou and Frank

    September 29, 2012
  • Great article and perfect timing. We have our Bromptons on order and were just talking today about whether we could tour with them or not. Question answered. Thanks for the insight. Now to practice lightening up! cheers, Lou and Frank

    September 29, 2012
  • Enrique

    I started my multimodal travels in the early eighties traveling with a large wheel bike. It wasn’t that expensive but I got tired of the cardboard boxing and riding to airports along really dangerous roads. First folder was a montagueX-neat design but too big for most passenger cars of trains and the airlines started to charge me for oversize luggage. I got a Swift next, cool design, great for subways but still needed extensive surgery to fit in a nonoversize bag. Finally, I got a Brommie after seeing them on the streets and in museums as works of industrial art. Love mine, it literally takes less than one minute to pack and I never leave it on the street. I have toured the Danube, British Columbia, Montreal and Quebec, The North Pacific islands from Seattle to Juneau, Hawaii, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. I do have a very nice Ti adventure touring bike with S&S couplers but that requires 1 hour and my former pro bike mechanic skills to disassemble and another hour to reassemble. It’s my bike of choice for high mileage 70+ days and primitive roads but you can’t beat the Brommie for urban travel.

    February 08, 2013
  • LN

    I am planning a trip to the UK, and I’ll buy a Brompton when there (because I can take the trains with it) and bring it home to tour on (which I do by airplane and hotel). Since the last time I toured it was on a single speed Surly it will be an improvement! If Moultons folded up quickly I’d be getting one of those instead.

    March 21, 2013
  • Iris

    Very inspiring article for as i also use my LHT for longer trip with worse climb like norway and quebec but hesistate if i can switch to my Brommie for short trip in okinawa. only uncertain how to strip on my camping gear in the rear rack. can i see some photo of yours?

    March 21, 2013
  • We just finished a trip touring Tasmania and riding Melbourne to Adelaide with camping gear on Bromptons. Had a few problems on the way ( bent front axel and broken back spoke) but the ability of folding the bikes and getting a lift when problems happened saved the day. Our full story at cycletouring2@blogspot.co.uk

    March 22, 2013
  • Last try!

    Cycletouring2.blogspot.co.uk

    Having a bad day!!

    March 22, 2013
  • We found touring with them really fun. People find them interesting and so come over and talk to you, so you learn a lot .
    Our story of our recent trip at cycletouring2.blogspot.co.uk

    March 22, 2013
  • […] the Brommie, and their configuration – a couple I particularly enjoyed are Lovely Bike and The Path Less Pedaled (which also has a load of accessory reviews). Here’s another recent […]

    April 28, 2013
  • Tony

    Inspiring tale! I’m planning a Bompton tour myself later this year, so it’s encouraging to think I might not be completely insane. A Brompton is the only bike I have that I can get onto Eurostar and a TGV without problems…

    March 22, 2014

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