Front luggage options

The Brompton front luggage system is quite brilliant in design & operation. Robinson, my first Brompton, came with a C bag & it gets lots of use. When Ralph, my second Brompton, came along & I also setup the Bromptons with on-board tools & bidon cages, it was time for a second luggage bag – but one of a smaller size.

In my research the Ortlieb Mini-O bag seemed ideal but I found it was a teensy bit small for an iPad. Rather than use this as justification for purchasing an iPad Mini along with a Mini-O bag, I looked at what I could adapt.

I found a handle-bar mount bag that would fit my iPad, camera, etc & then fabricated an alloy adapter plate to attach to the bag’s support system.

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On the road it’s been working well. My alloy adapter plate is admittedly now at version 2.3 but I’m pretty happy with it. (Certainly gives me a better appreciation of what goes into the Brompton & Ortlieb bags & frames?)

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6 thoughts on “Front luggage options

  1. The Brompton Diarist 28/05/2013 at 00:46 Reply

    Wow, Ian! Stunning mounting plate! Care to write up a DIY for those of us less gifted in the metal-working department? Brilliant solution to the Mini-O problem; my Galaxy doesn’t fit well in the Ortlieb bag, either, so I, too, passed on the original.

    Love your blog, and looking forward to reading it ongoing!

  2. Aussie on a Brompton 28/05/2013 at 09:35 Reply

    Thanks Diarist. Not so sure about the DIY, it depends too much on the bag chosen – & “next time” I’ll aim for your solution of a cut-down Brompton S frame. Funny but I look at some engineering photos & can see what goes on, although when it comes to sewing projects I have to leave it to the experts.

  3. Dion Forster 01/06/2013 at 16:30 Reply

    Hi Ian,

    Your Brompton is beautiful! I love the modifications you have made (rear hub, relaced spokes, new brake levers and shifter, and of course this realy cool bag!) I have two Bromptons – see http://capetownbrompton.tumbkr.com but I am nowhere near as creative and handy as you are.

    I also have a lovely old Moutlon that I use quite a bit. Another lovely bike with small wheels and a ‘separable’ frame.

    Thanks for the great blog. I am reading my way through your posts on a rainy Cape Town morning.

    Regards,

    Dion

  4. Dion Forster 01/06/2013 at 16:32 Reply

    So sorry for the second post – the URL should be http://capetownbrompton.tumblr.com (iPad fingers!)

  5. Aussie on a Brompton 01/06/2013 at 20:52 Reply

    Thanks Dion, I’ve been seeing snippets of your adventures but was unaware of your blog. Well done.

  6. adam 07/12/2017 at 02:08 Reply

    Beautiful work! Love your blog.
    I’m looking to make myself a front bracket mount to sit on the brompton front block.
    could you share what you’ve learned from your updated 2.3 version of your mounts?

    thanks
    adam

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