Saturday, December 15, 2018


If you enjoy filming your cycle tour you will find a lot of tips in this 2 parts series on how to edit all the footage you bring back into a great movie.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018




A classic way to carry luggage on a Brompton while touring is a T-Bag and a Rucksack at the back. If you don't need as much stuff or want to reduce your overall weight here is a lighter weight way to carry a full camping setup on your next bicycle tour by Brompton.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018


I have been throwing around the idea of getting a folding bike for cycle touring. I took test rides on a Brompton and a Bike Friday but haven’t pulled the trigger and bought one yet. I have put together this list of pros and cons of touring with a folding bike to help me make a decision. Hopefully it helps you too. For an analysis of 8 of the best folding bikes for touring, skip to the second half of this article.

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Sunday, November 4, 2018


If you are bike touring you are likely to use your mobile phone as a GPS, as camera to film and take pictures. You then might like to bring with you a GoPro action camera to record clips of your tour too. All these need charging. Here is  a video explaining what I use to keep ahead of the battery drain problem.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018



Watch this full length video of a ten days classic adventure on the Indian Himalayas. The Manali-Leh Highway is one of the highest motorable roads in the world and takes you a few times over passes of 5000 metres altitude. Can a Brompton climb mountains? Yes is the answer!

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Friday, October 19, 2018


If you are looking for an alternative way to travel with a Brompton,  Radical Design Cyclone Chubby brings the ability to pull a trailer with a Brompton folder.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018



Ten years before this trip, I traveled around the Indian Himalayas region of Ladakh and followed the Manali to Leh road by jeep. Confined in a car all I could do was catching short glimpses of spectacular mountains and vast plains. In the following years, every now and then I would remind myself that if ever there was a road I should cycle, it was this one. I envied the courage of those that did, yet I would have never imagined that one day I would do it myself on a Brompton folding bike.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018


Are you looking for a complete and detailed description on how to pack your Brompton bike ready for air travel? I have posted a video on my latest setup on Brompton Traveler YouTube channel. I have used a similar system for over five years and about 20 flights and it has always allowed me to begin my tour without any problems to the bike.

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Friday, August 17, 2018


After my first big cycle trip about ten years ago, I can honestly say that in my mind there is no better way to see the world.  You have to problem solve and work together as a team and you are rewarded by seeing amazing sights and meet interesting people who have stories to tell.  If you have not tried cycle touring yet, get out there on a tour, start small if you want to gain confidence.  Trust me the only problem is you wont want to stop!

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Monday, August 13, 2018


After a chance meeting of two brands, and a few months of planning, a team of nearly 20 Brompton and Bollinger staff took on the epic journey; from Brompton Headquarters in London to Bollinger in the Champagne region of France.


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Saturday, August 11, 2018



If you ever wondered how you replace a Brompton rear wheel broken spoke, here you will find a clear close up video of what it takes to do just that.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018


Pushing his bike, body and equipment to the absolute limits, those limits were eventually found, frustratingly in the form of a non standard Brompton part. The Alfine hub which was fitted in order to allow enough range of gearing to summit cols of this race failed, leaving Roger to ride his final 250 km with drag equivalent to a brake being applied - not to mention a mind-numbing knocking sound.

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Sunday, August 5, 2018


Cycle touring with a Brompton folder makes a lot of sense when you want to take away the hassle of transporting the bike to your holiday destination. Furthermore I find it the perfect option whenever I  plan to take some kind of transportation as part of my tour. When time is a constraint, you can easily skip that not so interesting stretch and rather focus on the best bits to cycle.
The initial transfer whether by plane, train or bus will be made much easier using a Brompton as you won't have to drag a large bike box to the starting point of your journey or argue with staff at check in who are often not as sympathetic towards cyclists carrying bikes.

The way I do it, perfected after several trips with my Brompton bike, is detailed in carrying luggage on a Brompton, an article where I clearly explain how I pack each bag and what I put where. Follow the link above to read the article and get good tips on how to maximise comfort and ease on your tour.

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    Carry your clothes, gadgets and other valuables in the backpack with you to the airport or station or wherever you need to start the journey from.
    Inside a large soft bike bag, put the bicycle folded inside an IKEA Dimpa bag or something equivalent that can fit a Brompton bike. Depending on the remaining space, you should be able to fit in a small tent, sleeping mat, bike tools, sleeping bag if you need, etc. All these will also function as padding and allow a bit of extra protection for the bike. As a further help to protect the bike it is a good idea to slide in some thick cardboards along the walls of the Dimpa bag.
    Once arrived, the large soft bike bag can be folded and carried with you when you reach your tour starting point and begin cycling. This allows a lot of flexibility in planning your tour as the starting point and end point can be in a different location if you wish to.

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    Keep the backpack on your shoulders as carry on luggage and check in the bike bag.
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      Once reached your starting destination, fold the soft empty bike bag small and fit it at the bottom of the backpack as it won't be used until your final return journey. Pack all your valuables and items that you want to keep easily accessible and safe at all times in the T-Bag while leaving clothing and other less valuable things  in the backpack. With little practice this enables you to be ready to start your tour in half an hour or little more!

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      If during your journey you need to take a train or a bus to get to somewhere else or avoid cycling part of your journey, simply remove the Dimpa bag folded flat at the bottom of the T-Bag in front of the bike, fold the bike and put it inside it, shift the backpack to your shoulders and ... bingo, in a matter of 10 minutes your set-up allows you to be ready to jump on a fast train, bus, boat or car!


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        Saturday, August 4, 2018


        If you are interested in how I film my Brompton bike tours I have uploaded a tutorial explaining in details how I capture my shots while on and off the bike.

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        Wednesday, July 25, 2018



        Ever wondered what one needs in order to travel with a Brompton folding bike? Follow this video for a full explanation on the bike and the setup to carry your luggage.

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        Sunday, July 22, 2018


        California has so much to offer when it comes to bike touring. You can be riding 2000 km along the Pacific Ocean, up 3000 metres mountains in the Sierras or cycle through incredible forest of giant Redwood trees. Or why not if you have Brompton you might be able to combine them all even if you are a little short in time. Some of the highlights are shown on this video and there are many more to explore.

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        Friday, July 20, 2018


        Visit Brompton Traveler, a bike touring dedicated channel on YouTube where I discuss the reasons why I prefer a Brompton folding bike for my cycle touring adventures. Don't forget to subscribe too for more videos.

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        Tuesday, July 17, 2018

        For a well tested solution for securely attaching a regular backpack to a Brompton bike, I thought I would share some pictures clearly showing how it works.
        It has been tested in multiple tours I have so far taken on a Brompton and used by many Brompton cyclists; this simple hack works really well. You can use any backpack you might already have but I find that a 45L capacity is about the perfect size. The  shoulder straps are harnessed over a horizontal bar ( I use a empty tubular metal but any thing sturdy would work. Broom stick anyone? ) attached to the saddle by means of leather straps.  A couple of large sized zip ties also do the job really well if you don't want to buy similar straps. The waist strap is tied to the seat post as a way to further secure the backpack as well as giving it more stability. The Brompton rack bungee chords are then tied to the bottom of the sack to make sure it doesn't shift forward and hinder pedalling. Another benefit of this system is the fact that it is very quick to dismount the rack and put it back where it belongs, on your shoulders!
        This setup is stable and makes a rucksack the perfect cycle touring solution on Brompton.

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        Friday, July 6, 2018



        Video of a Brompton cycling tour in British Columbia, Canada. Starting in Lake Louise I headed towards the Pacific Coast via Yoho National Park, Mt Rogers Pass, Revelstoke, Lilloet, Duffey Lake Whistler before reaching Vancouver, the final destination.

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        Monday, July 2, 2018


        Video of a Brompton folding bike ride along the Icefield Parkway in Canada. Starting in Banff Alberta I reached Jasper after 232 km, before returning from the opposite side, arriving in the mountain resort of Lake Louise. It is one of the most beautiful journeys on the planet, winding along the Continental Divide through soaring rocky mountain peaks, icefields and vast sweeping valleys.

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        Tuesday, May 1, 2018


        A video interview by Brompton enthusiasts at The Path Less Pedaled. In this video presented by Clever Cycles, we view the modification on Todd's bike touring Brompton with lots of titanium upgrades and other clever solutions.

        watch the full video here
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        Monday, April 16, 2018


        Video of an 11 days tour in Morocco on a Brompton folding bike. The tour started and ended in Marrakech and included climbing twice over 2000 metres passes, the Tizi 'N Test and Tizi 'N Tichka as well as cycling along the Draa and Telouet Valleys.

        Watch full video here
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        Saturday, March 31, 2018



        Most important for any Brompton bike touring is to get some practice on how to best remove the back wheel on your Brompton something you will have to do each time you want to replace your inner tube or even replace your old tyre.
        A great 3 part tutorial from Brompton dealers at NYCE Wheels will show you in details what it takes and how to do this safely.

        Watch video series here
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        Check out the Brompton folding bike I use to tour around places like Big Sur and the Olympic Peninsula! It collapses down to a neat little package I can get into an airplane overhead compartment, but this is what it can do with a full load.

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        Wednesday, February 21, 2018



        A detailed video tutorial on how to rebuild your Brompton rear wheel. James Houston shows on this clear tutorial what it takes to replace a new rim from scratch. Rims will generally need to be changed every 10000 kilometres.

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        Friday, January 5, 2018



        A bike touring video of the San Francisco Bay Area on a Brompton folding bike. The tour was divided into two parts and included cycling in San Francisco itself then following the Pacific coast to Santa Cruz before heading up to Big Basin National Park. The second part was mostly spent cycling around Skyline Drive, Alpine Road, Page Mill Road, La Honda, etc.

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