A friend of mine is going to take her Brompton on a trip from Singapore to Toronto taking a 26-hour journey with a stop in good old Narita airport. The titanium model was her choice since it’s a bit lighter than her full steel B.
Based on experience from other friends who’ve also gone on longer flights with their B’s, she decided that she’d use a Lojel Streamline 31″ luggage on the trip. It fits airline size requirements and she can add a lot more stuff in between the nooks and crannies of the bike. It is also a happy shade of purple, fitting her personal color requirement. LOL.
She test-packed it this weekend, just to see what she needed to do to make the bike fit. First, she lay a bath rug on the base, to help cushion the bike.
This particular bike has an extended titanium seatpost with a Brooks saddle. The longer seatpost combined with the saddle couldn’t fit in without distorting the shape of the luggage so she decided to disassemble it. Without the saddle, the bike fit in perfectly, even without having to remove the seatpost.
There’s a lot of leftover space in the luggage. The removed saddle was stuffed between the wheels while the exposed seatpost was protected with bubble wrap. Spare parts, tools, and other removed jiggly bits were added into a ziplock bag.
She tested the closing up the luggage and it was fine. There was enough space even through the bag’s width. And with the 4 roller wheels, it was easy enough to maneuver without needing to carry the Lojel. I do worry about it a bit though because the luggage material didn’t seem strong enough to support the weight of the bike plus other things — but since quite a few of other Brompton owners we know have used and flown with this particular bag in question with no issues, I figure it shouldn’t do so bad on at least a couple of flights.
It’s also not very obvious, but there’s a LOT of space between the bike and the base. Packing a few days worth of clothes plus a helmet won’t be an issue at all.