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  • Jan 28 2020

    Brompton Bag Guide

    When we first started riding and selling Brompton bikes, we ordered them with rear racks because that's how we were used to setting up our commuting bikes. It took us about a day to realize that Brompton's front bag system was far superior. The Front Carrier Block mounts to the frame (not handlebars) of the bike and so the bag attached to the block is not spinning with the front wheel, but is solidly mounted to the frame.
    Another thing we quickly learned was that Bromptons were enormously utilitarian. Their size had us thinking differently, but after living with a Brompton it was clear that they are awesome mini cargo trucks. This is in a large part due to the awesome front bags.

    Index:

    2020 Bags

    Borough Basket Bag L
    Metro Messenger Bag L
    Borough Roll Top Bag L

    Carradice Bags


    Carradice City Folder
    Carradice Stockport Folder
    UPSO Ferrybridge Folder

    Classic Brompton Bags


    Brompton O-Bag
    Brompton S-Bag
    Brompton T-Bag
    Brompton Shoulder Bag
    Brompton Roll-top Bag
    Brompton Tote Bag
    Brompton Mini-O Bag

    We love bags at Perennial Cycle, which is why we are really excited about the upcoming season. 2020 adds three new bags; The Metro Bag L, The Borough Bag L, and the Borough Basket Bag L. One of the first things we noticed is that the 2020 bags are not a drastic re-imagining of their existing lineup. Instead, Brompton has chosen to focus on subtle quality of life improvements and on modernizing the styling.

    Borough Basket Bag L

    DIMENSIONS: 400mm (W) x 300mm (H) x 200mm (D)
    VOLUME: 23L
    MATERIAL: 1000D Cordura Twill
    COMPATIBILITY: [S-Type] [M-Type] [H-Type]

    The Borough Basket Bag L, is the 2020 version of the original Brompton Basket Bag. The original version of this bag has been our favorite utility bag for the Brompton Folding Bike for many years. While it is intended to be a market bag, we find that the uses for it go far beyond groceries. This is the perfect bag for your loose items, odd balls, and literal round objects; toss in your water bottle, your lunch, a lock, your sweater, your phone and pretty much anything else you want to access easily while on the go. Got another bag you love? Awesome! Throw it inside this one!

    Inside the bag you'll find more than enough room to fit the essentials with 23L of volume. The bag tapers from 5 inches at the base to around 7.8 inches at the opening, leaving enough room for two water bottles back to back at the base. The handle pulls the bag closed like a clam shell while under load. The exterior is military grade Cordura 1000D, with a weather-proof coating on the inside. A small zippered pocket is supplied for smaller loose items (such as keys, phone and wallet).

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    The Metro Messenger Bag L

    DIMENSIONS: 400mm (W) x 300mm (H) x 150mm (D)
    VOLUME: 23L
    MATERIAL: 1000D Cordura Twill
    COMPATIBILITY: [S-Type] [M-Type] [H-Type]

    The Metro Messenger Bag L, is designed around the needs of an urban commuter. The new functional features include a redesigned front flap, improved flap coverage, and buckles on the outside for easier access. Also, the interior sections now include a laptop and water bottle sleeve allowing more flexibility in the ways this bag can be used.

    The Metro is similar to the classic Brompton C-Bag, in terms of size and function. While the C-bag was not compatible with the S-Type Brompton, these new 2020 bags are compatible with ALL Brompton handlebar types. Awesome!

    When we look inside The Metro Bag L, it has an ample amount of storage, with ~23L of bag volume. The laptop slot measures 15 inches from end to end, but we would recommend ~14 inches be your maximum actual measured width (This is the width of a 15" MacBook pro). A nice water bottle sleeve on the exterior saves interior space, and gives easy access for that quick stoplight sip. Also, the exterior pocket gives you a little extra room for some small items. Glove friendly zippers make this an all-season winner, and the updated styling makes this bag a welcome accessory even in professional spaces.

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    The Borough Roll Top Bag L

    DIMENSIONS: 400mm (W) x 300mm (H) x 200mm (D)
    VOLUME: 28L
    MATERIAL: 1000D Cordura Twill
    COMPATIBILITY: [S-Type] [M-Type] [H-Type]

    The Borough Roll Top Bag L is the largest of the 2020 bags. This is the perfect bag for those looking to maximize the carrying capacity of their Brompton. Not only is it roomy, it also comes with an assortment of pockets and storage compartments, making organization and space optimization a real breeze. This would be the bag to bring if you are going on a tour, or if you need more room than the Metro offers for your daily routine.

    On the inside, you'll find a laptop sleeve and a zippered pouch where you can store small items like a charger. While the laptop slot measures 15 inches from end to end, we would recommend ~14 inches be your maximum actual measured width (This is the width of a 15" MacBook pro). The Borough Roll Top has all the same quality of life add-ons as the Metro: Glove friendly zippers, bottle sleeve, and exterior storage pockets.

    While the Borough may look very similar to Metro Messenger in size & volume, they are actually very different bags. The Borough's Roll Top greatly expands the capacity. Additionally, the Borough Roll Top has a set of exterior straps, which make a nice home for a yoga mat, helmet, or other odd shape object.

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    Carradice has been making beautiful cycling bags in England for over 80 years. The materials and construction of these bags is all about being durable and weatherproof. The waxed cotton duck fabric is long wearing as well as having a lovely, distinctive look. Since the Brompton and Carradice bags are both made in England, you may notice that the aesthetics and design match well with the Brompton Folding Bicycle; we feel that they are the ideal British pairing.

    Carradice City Folder Bag

    DIMENSIONS: 400mm (W) x 330mm (H) x 135mm (D)
    VOLUME: 25L
    MATERIAL: Waxed Cotton Duck
    COMPATIBILITY: [S-Type] [M-Type] [H-Type]

    Perennial Cycle has been importing Carradice from England for nearly 20 years and we were the first shop in North America to import the Brompton specific Carradice City Folder. It is hard work to get all of our grey-ducks in a row to get these into the shop, but we feel that effort is worth it for our customers. If you are looking for a large capacity bag that will look good in the office and is still capable of handling a weekend trip, the Carradice City Folder is for you.

    Not only is The City Folder an attractive bag, it is a functional one as well. It features an internal divider with a phone pocket and a removable laptop pouch. Additionally, the City Folder has a carry handle on lid and comes with a nice quality shoulder strap. With ~25L of volume, there is ample storage. Organization and space management are no problem because the City Folders comes with two saddlebag style pockets on the rear and an external zipped compartment on the front.

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    Carradice Stockport Bag

    DIMENSIONS: 390mm (W) x 320mm (H) x 120mm (D)
    VOLUME: 16L
    MATERIAL: Waxed Cotton Duck
    COMPATIBILITY: [S-Type] [M-Type] [H-Type]

    The Carradice Stockport provides a stylish city commuter bag for the Brompton Folding Bicycle. It isn't as large as the City Folder, but still has all the essentials you'll need to enable your day, such as a laptop sleeve and shoulder strap. The Stockport uses the same Long-wearing Cotton Duck material as their other classic bags, making this bike bag a timeless accessory for your Brompton.

    Inside the bag you'll find a padded laptop pouch and 16L of space for your essentials. Thick leather straps are used for the closure and gives the bag that classic feel. A cotton webbing shoulder strap is supplied with the bag, and while loaded, it is wide enough that it won't dig into your shoulder as you carry on with your day.

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    UPSO is a fun company to work with. We like their message of seeking out ways to maximize the use of resources as well as minimize trash. UPSO meets this goal by up-cycling material, and then using those resources to create an individual product that matches both the aesthetics and the values of their users. The fabrics used to make these bags come from discarded lorry tarps (Truck Covers).

    UPSO Ferrybridge Folder

    DIMENSIONS: 390mm (W) x 320mm (H) x 120mm (D)
    VOLUME: 16L
    MATERIAL: Upcycled Lorry tarps, firehoses, and Seatbelts
    COMPATIBILITY: [S-Type] [M-Type] [H-Type]

    UPSO Ferrybridge Folder bags each have a unique design and are hand-cut and sewn at their factory in the UK, making each bag a true original. These robust waterproof bags are great for carrying your files, laptops and cycling gear. Bag Frames are included, and work well with the Brompton Carrier Block (sold separately).

    Inside the Ferrybridge you'll find an inner divider for keeping your laptop secure, 16L of storage for your essentials, and a zipped pocket for small items, cords and chargers. Also, if you live in the colder climates, like us, you'll appreciate the glove friendly zippers, waterproof materials, and LED light loop on the lid. We feel this is an exceptional bag for the city commuter. These are truly one-of-a-kind bags, with no two being the same; perfect for the independently spirited individuals among us.

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    These Classic Brompton Bags are the most popular bags for the Brompton Folding Bike. Perennial Cycle has one of the most diverse collections of Brompton Bags on the planet. From going on Tour, to shuttling around town, we have a bag for that!

    Brompton O Bag

    DIMENSIONS: 360mm (W) x 330mm (H) x 170mm (D)
    VOLUME: 20L
    MATERIAL: Coated Polyester
    COMPATIBILITY: [S-Type] [M-Type] [H-Type]

    The Brompton O bag is the colorful luggage option for your Brompton. These special bags were designed specifically for Brompton Folding Bikes, and are made so that they can handle any weather conditions. Ortlieb has been one of our favorite manufacturers for years, and in the cycling community Ortlieb bags are seen as the gold-standard for quality and function.

    Inside the O bag you'll find many features that are attractive to commuters such as us; Integrated laptop sleeve, two removable dry-bag style pockets, key clip and shoulder strap. There is plenty of room for essentials with ~20L of storage; a great medium sized bag. Wet weather is no worry for this bag as it is 100% waterproof and does not require an additional rain cover to be used.

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    Brompton S Bag

    Brompton's S-Bag is designed for use with all handlebar types. It is a large capacity messenger bag ideal for everything from the daily commute to weekend escapes. The removable front flap is great for when you want to change up the look of the bag, or to run it as a basket bag instead.

    DIMENSIONS: 420mm (W) x 260mm (H) x 170mm (D)
    VOLUME: 20L
    MATERIAL: 1000D Cordura
    COMPATIBILITY: [S-Type] [M-Type] [H-Type]

    The main compartment, containing a suspended laptop holder, is joined by a large front pocket with a water-resistant zip and two improved rear pockets for easy access to a water bottle, your phone or any other essentials. The S-Bag is constructed from a durable, hard-wearing 1000D Cordura fabric and has a padded shoulder strap.

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    Brompton C Bag

    Brompton's C Bag has been one of their top-selling bags for a number of years now. It has better flap coverage than the S-Bag, as well as more overall storage volume. The C Bag is constructed from military grade 1000D Cordura fabric and has a padded, quick-release shoulder strap that tucks away in a dedicated side pocket while you’re riding. There’s even an integrated high-visibility rain cover for unexpected showers.

    DIMENSIONS: 420mm (W) x 300mm (H) x 170mm (D)
    VOLUME: 25L
    MATERIAL: 1000D Cordura
    COMPATIBILITY: [S-Type] [M-Type] [H-Type]

    Inside the main compartment, there is a suspended laptop holder, joined by a large front pocket with a water-resistant zip. Also there are two large rear pockets for easy access to a water bottle, your phone or any other essentials.

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    Brompton T Bag

    Brompton's T-Bag is the largest of Brompton's bags. This is the bag to bring with you if you are looking to go out on a longer tour, or need to really maximize the storage on your Brompton. It comes with a rain cover for those unexpected rain showers, along with a shoulder strap so that it can be used off the bike just as easily.

    DIMENSIONS: 420mm (W) x 300mm (H) x 270mm (D)
    VOLUME: 31L
    MATERIAL: 1000D Cordura
    COMPATIBILITY: [S-Type] [M-Type] [H-Type]

    The T-Bag boasts a whopping 31 liters of capacity and has a roll-top system with nylon clips for closing. Two additional pockets are included on the exterior back side that are able to accommodate water, snacks and accessories. Inside, a zip-up pocket adds a bit of organization and three additional pockets around the outside make room to stow things for the ride.

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    Brompton Shoulder Bag

    The Shoulder Bag by Brompton, designed as a modern update to the classic satchel, is a practical and stylish option for a day out in the city. The zip top closure keeps your valuables secure as you ride, and the flap opening is fixed in place with a simple leather strap and stud.

    DIMENSIONS: 350mm (W) x 220mm (H) x 110mm (D)
    VOLUME: 9L
    MATERIAL: Waxed Cotton Duck
    COMPATIBILITY: [S-Type] [M-Type] [H-Type]

    Inside Brompton's Shoulder Bag you'll find many of the quality of life features you'd expect in a bag of this quality; A quick adjustable shoulder strap, a travel card pocket (like a metro-transit card), and an internal pocket for spare change and your phone.

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    Brompton Roll Top Bag

    Versatile and compact, The Roll Top Bag is a stylish about-town bag for everyday use. The clever roll top closure allows you to adjust the capacity of the bag depending on your needs.

    DIMENSIONS: 350mm (W) x 220mm (H) x 110mm (D)
    VOLUME: 9L
    MATERIAL: Waxed Canvas
    COMPATIBILITY: [S-Type] [M-Type] [H-Type]

    Whether you’re carrying only the essentials or heading back from the shops, the front adjustable strap keeps things neat and secure while you ride. Other thoughtful features include a quick-adjust shoulder strap for an easy transition between riding and carrying, as well a travel card pocket on the base to make getting on other forms of transport simple. There’s also an internal zip pocket to keep things like your phone and keys handy and a handle for easy removal from your bike.

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    Brompton Tote Bag

    A simple everyday essential, The Tote Bag in Black is perfect for getting around the city - both on and off your bike. The bag is compact enough to grab and go, but still has plenty of space for anything from a packed lunch for the office to all your usual basics for a day out in the city. The internal pocket keeps your valuables safe and easy to access, and the grab handles make it easy to go between riding and walking.

    DIMENSIONS: 280mm (W) x 300mm (H) x 110mm (D)
    VOLUME: 9L
    MATERIAL: Teflon Coated Canvas
    COMPATIBILITY: [S-Type] [M-Type] [H-Type]

    The Tote Bag is made from Teflon-coated cotton canvas and features a quick-access Velcro fastening. The internal pocket has a zip to keep your valuables secure, and the bag comes with a handy reflective rain cover.

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    Brompton Mini-O Bag

    The Brompton Mini-O is a streamlined water-resistant bag designed especially for Brompton by Ortlieb. The Mini O Bag is a small size bag in a sleek shape that will keep your essentials dry. A great option for low-fuss commutes or short-day trips. Think of it as the 'glove box' for your Brompton.

    DIMENSIONS: 280mm (W) x 270mm (H) x 180mm (D)
    VOLUME: 7L
    MATERIAL: Coated Polyester
    COMPATIBILITY: [S-Type] [M-Type] [H-Type]

    Inside you'll just the right amount of space. Pack your phone, a water bottle, or a book. It is the perfect size for the kinds of things we are likely to stuff inside a pocket or purse. There is a small zippered pocket to keep things organized, and a shoulder strap to bring the bag along when you are off the bike.

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  • Feb 23 2015

    Carradice Harris Tweed City Folder for Brompton

    Caaradice, Harris Tweed & Brompton Carradice of Nelson bike bags have long been the standard among randonnuer riders around the globe. Being 100% reliable and intensely durable are essential features in that cycling arena. Carradice has proven itself to be one of the most dependable brands through the test of time (and very hard use). Carradice of Nelson Perennial Cycle has been importing Carradice from England for nearly 20 years and were the first in North America to import the Brompton specific Carrradice City Folder (see a 2008 Shopcast post HERE). When Carradice introduced the Stockport City Folder for Bromptons (including S bar types) we were quick to bring them across the pond and introduce them to North America.

    Carradice Originals City Folder, Stockport and City Folder in Harris Tweed Edition Carradice Originals City Folder, Stockport City Folder and the new Harris Tweed Edition City Folder

    This past fall Carradice introduced their Harris Tweed bags and we fell in love with the look that tweed added to an already iconic design. Now Carradice has added a Harris Tweed City Folder and Perennial Cycle purchased the first production run (obviously we’re a bit excited about this bag). The Harris Tweed bags add tweed flaps onto the waterproof cotton duck, so the bags are just as weatherproof as the non-tweed models. Here are some pictures of the Tweed City Folder:
  • Dec 16 2008

    Carradice City Folder Bag for Brompton Bikes

    Three examples of City Folder Bags

    Carradice has been hand crafting quality cycle luggage for over 70 years in their factory in Nelson, England. Not many companies that were started in the 1930's are still in business, but Carradice is. In fact they are still in the same town and continue to be in family hands.

    We import the Carradice product because we feel that it is special both in regards to design and quality. Being a single store front makes importing quite a hassle as there are a good number of details involved in getting the product into the shop (what was the tariff number and who does the check for duty go to?), but as a specialty retailer we see great value in the Carradice brand and feel that it is worth the effort.
    Here is a link our Carradice product: Carradice at Perennial Cycle

    Their specialty is hand crafted bicycle bags made of cotton duck that are designed for long life. These new City Folder bags designed specifically for Brompton Folding Bicycles are classic in their style and feel, though they have updated features to fit the world that we live in. All three bags are massive and loaded with features. The black and the green (referred to as "originals" as they are made of cotton duck) are identical in design and features, simply different colors. The gray Carradry is designed to be a waterproof bag, while the cotton duck models are highly water resistant. The Carradry model is slightly smaller because it does not have the two back pockets, but rather two mesh pouches. Also, the Carradry model's Laptop bag is not removable to be used as a bag of it's own (unlike the cotton duck models).

    SPECIFICATIONS:

    Main Compartment:
    16 x 5-1/2 x 14" (1232 cu in.)

    Laptop Bag:
    15 x 10 x 2"

    Back Pockets (on Originals):
    5 x 3-1/2 x 8" (130 cu in.)

    TOTAL CAPACITY:
    Originals > 1492 cu in., 25 Liters

    The City Folders are very easy to mount and unmount from the bike (a 5 second task). Carradice uses the front carrier block and bag frame that Brompton has designed and manufactured on the City Folder. This system is strong, light and long lasting.

    The bracket that attaches to the bicycle (Front Carrier Block) bolts onto mounting holes that are on all Brompton headtubes. This means that the weight does not influence the steering of the bike. When you turn the handlebars, the bag does not turn with them.

    While the original models use a pair of nice looking leather straps to lash down the top cover, they have a nylon buckle (like the Carradry model) that works as the quick buckle and unbuckle for the top (these nylon buckles are hidden under the leather straps). The leather straps are to be used to tighten and loosen the fit of the top depending on how overstuffed your bag might be.

    There is a laptop bag inside of the main compartment that is nicely padded with a few pockets (phone, camera and power chord). This bag is suspended  to prevent your laptop from banging the bottom of your bag each time you hit a bump. The cotton duck models use velcro straps to attach the laptop bag. This makes removing the laptop bag a cinch and they provide a separate small shoulder strap to allow you to use the laptop bag as it's own bag. The Carradry model's padded laptop bag is the same bag, though the bag is not removable. There also is a larger shoulder strap for walking about with the City Folder (all models).

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