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Best Brompton pannier

Discussion in 'Tandem and Other Bikes' started by Yellow Fang, 26 Jun 2008.

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  1. Cloth

    1 vote(s)
    50.0%
  2. Touring

    2 vote(s)
    100.0%
  3. Shopping

    1 vote(s)
    50.0%
  4. S-Bag

    1 vote(s)
    50.0%
  5. Brompton Bureau

    1 vote(s)
    50.0%
  1. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

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  2. OP
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    Yellow Fang

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    Checked out some panniers at the Cycle Show today. Caradice appear to do three versions of Brompton panniers: a green one with straps, a black one with straps, and a silver one with clips. I'm quite keen on the silver one. I also quite like Brompton's touring pannier.

    When I was at the Brompton factory the other week, I saw someone had a leather Brompton pannier. Where do you get these?
     
  3. OP
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    Yellow Fang

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    There is also a wicker basket that you can fit to a Brompton. It looks like you need a different carrier frame for the Carradice and basket, which is a bit of a pain.

    http://www.velorution.biz/?page_id=983
     
  4. Mr Phoebus

    Mr Phoebus New Member

    I do like some of those colour combos.
    I know they're an acquired taste, but I like to be different. ;)
     
  5. OP
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    Yellow Fang

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    Looks like this poll is out of date now. I couldn't see the old cloth pannier at the Brompton stall at the Cycle Show. It seems to have been replaced by the C bag, which personally I'm not sure is as good. There is also a leather briefcase that fits onto the pannier holder. I would dearly love one of those, but it's not a very sensible way of spending £250.
     
  6. HelenD123

    HelenD123 Veteran

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    There's an Ortlieb one mentioned in Velovision I think.
     
  7. Darryl

    Darryl Well-Known Member

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    Cotswolds
    I find the touring bag is great on the bike but can be awkward when carried, especially if the bag is full.

    Also I know you can add a rear rack but not sure what panniers are availa ble for it
     
  8. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

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  9. Campfire

    Campfire Senior Member

    I don't think you put panniers on it but a bag shaped to the bike. I like the Carradice green pannier but I don't know whether you need a different clamp for it.
     
  10. OP
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    Yellow Fang

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    I don't think you need a different clamp for it, but it's a bit confusing. IIRC the caradice website talks about a larger bracket. I think that actually refers to the metal brace thing which pannier straps onto, not the plastic thing that fits onto the front of the bike. I think you may have to buy it separately for the Caradice panniers.
     
  11. OP
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    Yellow Fang

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    There seem to be some nice new Brompton panniers coming out soon. I might hang on for the T bag, as it seems to have significantly more capacity than any other. I love the A bag, but it's a bit dear. Apart from Ortlieb, Caradice still seem to be offering a couple of models. I was tempted by the silver reflective one. You can even still order a wicker basket for a Brompton, although I'm not sure how well it actually clicks onto the pannier holder. It looks a bit iffy to me.
     
  12. chap

    chap Senior Member

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    London, GB

    I am stuck between the C and T bag. The T-bag sounds better, but do I need all that space. Ideally, I could just attach my weekend holdall to the front clip. Actually, there is a thought...
     
  13. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

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    I really like the C bag, having used it all Winter (end of October to the end of February). It's pretty large too (I think if I needed more space, I'd just whack my Carradice on the back of the bike).
     
  14. OP
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    Yellow Fang

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    There is quite a good blog review of the S bag, C bag and Carradice City Folder here.

    He doesn't like the Carradice City Folder, but that appears to be from an aesthetic POV. I sort of know what he means. I've seen one or two khaki coloured ones and didn't like them much myself. I didn't realise the buckles were for show. They actually have plastic fasteners. I think I prefer this as buckling and unbuckling straps all day would be a pain. I think I'd get the black version if I were to get one. I'm tempted by the silver Carradry City Folder too, but it has mesh back pockets instead of cloth. Also, I gather it's aimed more for carrying lap tops, folders, paperwork and that sort of thing, where as I use mine more for sports kit.

    As far as the C and S bag, if you have the straight handle-barred S-type brompton, you only have the S bag option. If you any of the other handlebar configurations, the C bag seems a better bag.

    Still, I have to say I like the look of that new T bag.