Brompton T-Bag Touring Pannier #QTB

Brompton T-Bag Touring Pannier #QTB

Item # P-OEM-BRO-A-BAG-T-Bag

The Brompton T-bag is an improved version of the Touring Pannier. It has more capacity than any other bag, as well as an improved roll-up top that closes with nylon straps.

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Brompton T-Bag

Brompton's classic Touring Pannier just got better! The T-Bag has a more durable design and a sleeker, stylish look. It has the largest storage capacity out of all Brompton bags, but can be rolled up and easily closed using a few clips if you're traveling light.

There are additional elastic net pockets around the outside of the bag for extra storage, as well as bottle pouches on the backside that are accessible while riding. It also comes with an aluminum frame that can slide off and be used to carry even bigger items. The shoulder strap and rain cover are included.

Be sure to order the Brompton carrier block if you do not have one installed on your bike.

Capacity8.2 gallons (31 litres)
Dimensions16.5" (42 cm) x 11.8" (30 cm) x 10.6" (27 cm)
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Brompton Luggage System and Brompton Bags

Brompton Bags and Luggage System

The Brompton luggage system is great because it allows you to attach a bag directly onto the frame, taking the weight of a backpack off your shoulders and giving you a variety of options for storage space.

One of the most unique points of the Brompton luggage system is how it attaches to the frame instead of the handlebars. This allows you to turn the handlebars freely even when your Brompton folding commuter bike is loaded up in the front. It also means the weight of the bag will always travel directly over the center line if the bike, improving balance, and because there is no extra weight attached to the handlebars the steering remains quick and responsive.

Even though your luggage is firmly affixed to the bike it is easy to snap it on or off. Simply pull the quick release trigger below the carrier block to release your bag and press the bag down to snap it in place.

Another great feature of the Brompton luggage system is that your bag can remain attached to the bike even when you fold it up. The bag spins around with the handle facing forward, allowing you to fully fold you Brompton and pull it behind you by the handle. If you put the cover bag over it while doing this your Brompton could easily be mistaken for a piece of airline luggage. No problem taking this folding bike inside.

As if it couldn't get any better, Brompton makes 6 different cycling bags which fit any needs. Let's take a quick look at some of the bags.

  • The Brompton folding basket is the quintessential Brompton accessory. This simple cloth basket with a metal frame is perfect for grocery shopping, running errands, going on a picnic, or just cashing your backpack while you ride. The folding basket is one of the most popular Brompton accessories.
  • The first enclosed bag we should look at is the Brompton S Bag. The S Bag is a messenger style bag designed specifically for S type Brompton bikes with straight handlebars. It has a shoulder strap, two side pockets, two rear pockets and a good amount of space inside for a laptop, some papers, or whatever else you want to store in there. The S bag frame is smaller to allow clearance of the brake levers of S type Bromptons when turning. As such it is the only Brompton bag which is designed to fit Brompton folding bikes with straight or "S type" handlebars.
  • The next bag to consider is the Brompton C bag. The C bag is quite a bit larger than the S bag and will fit m and p type Bromptons. The C bag is the Brompton bag most like a shoulder bag. It has a large comfortable shoulder strap and lots of room inside. There are pockets on the back and sides for your cell phone, keys, wallet and whatever else you don't want in your pockets. The C bag has a bright yellow interior so you can easily see what's inside. It has space for a laptop or files, a lunch, even a change of clothes. The C bag is a great everyday bag.
  • The Brompton T bag, or touring pannier as it used to be called, is the largest Brompton bag. It has plenty of space for getting groceries on the way home or taking longer trips. The T bag can be stuffed to the brim with all sorts of goodies and then closed up with its roll top closure and tie down strap. That way you can shove more and more into the this Brompton bag and still close it when you're ready to go. The T bag is obviously designed for people who want to go on longer rides or just want to take the kitchen sink with themselves.

There are a few fancier bags offered by Brompton that are made for special uses:

  • The Brompton O bag is made by Ortlieb, a leader in bicycle panniers. The O Bag is totally waterproof or better yet hurricane proof. This bag is the only one you would use to carry a papyrus scroll across the Philippines in tsunami season. It's that good. It has two detachable outer pockets, one of which can be used as a shoulder bag in itself to carry the essentials you can't leave behind. On top of its ultimate functionality the O bag looks great as well. If you want an all weather, no worries, top of the line Brompton bag then you want the O bag.
  • The Brompton MINI O bag is also made by Ortlieb and is a more scaled down and aerodynamic version of the original Ortlieb bag for Brompton. It has enough space to keep a few things dry on a commute or weekend ride without being so bulky that it slows you down or catches the wind. If you want light weight and water tight go with the Mini O Bag from Brompton.
  • The Brompton A bag is by far the classiest option you have. If you'll be riding your Brompton right into board meetings or parking your favorite folding bike in a Wall Street office you probably want to give your Brompton the class of carrying an A bag. This Spanish leather bag is hand made with the same care as the finest leather brief cases. You'll never find a more beautiful Brompton bag, or any bag, than the Brompton A bag. That's why it gets the A, for auspicious.

So there you have it, all the Brompton bags laid out one after another. If you have any questions about Brompton bags you might want to stop by our shop to see each one in person. Thanks for reading, check out all the other great Brompton accessories too!

Inside The Brompton Touring Pannier

Brompton touring pannier 1

This is an article dedicated solely to one of my favorite Brompton bags, the Touring Pannier. I love bike bags that I can pack and pack and still seem to have a bit of room left over.

The Brompton touring pannier is just that kind of bicycle bag. The design of the bag is based around a cavernously roomy interior pocket with a roll top closure to seal everything inside. Elastically closed webbing encircles the front and sides of the pannier for extra stuff-it-in storage and two large outer pockets sit on either side of the rear. These elastic pockets are great for storing snacks, gloves, raincoats, and anything you need to get to in a pinch. The two rear pockets also have roll top closures ensuring you'll never lose your cell phone or wallet even if you turn the bag over and shake it. The Brompton Touring Pannier attaches to the frame in the same way as all other Brompton bags, via the front carrier block. This keeps the weight low and centered by moving independently of the handlebars and supported almost directly above the front wheel axle. Yep. Brompton put their best design instincts into the Touring Pannier. Mine has sure served me well.

Now that we've looked at some of the features that make the Touring Pannier different from other Brompton bags, let's take a look at some of the real world applications which the Brompton Touring Pannier are ideal for.

Elastic pockets in the Brompton touring pannier

Shopping with the Brompton touring pannier

First off there is grocery shopping. You could use Brompton's folding basket but what if you need a little extra space? How many times have you wanted to just ride down to the farmers market and pick up a loaf of bread, some fresh fruit, and maybe some fresh basil and spices for dinner? With the Brompton Touring Pannier you'll have enough room to fit in a bottle of wine or two on the way home! Or if you're just doing regular grocery shopping, fold your Brompton and use it as your shopping cart as you wheel through the store. When you've cleared the checkout just roll down the top, unfold your bike, and you're off. Easy...

Commuting with the Brompton Touring Pannier.

Do you ride everyday, rain or shine, mud or slush, snow or ice??! Well I don't either, but I do ride almost everyday. I just cut it off at mud and ice, everything else I'm good for. Where does the Brompton Touring Pannier fit in with this? Well, if you like to, or need to, carry a lot of stuff with you from home to work and back i.e. change of clothes + shoes + snack + laptop + books then you'll need a big bag to put all that in, right? The Brompton Touring Pannier is just such a bag. Big enough to handle any commute, and if it rains just throw on the bright green rain cover. It keeps all your belongings nice and dry.

Rigid attachment of the Brompton touring pannier

Touring with the Brompton touring pannier.

Why isn't this first? Well, you may have a point there but I kept you reading on right? I've ridden with a fully loaded Brompton Touring Pannier from New York City to Philadelphia. It was nearly 20 hours on the road with about 30 or 40lbs of stuff (don't ask me why I packed so much) in the pannier. I found that the extra weight in the front really helped my Brompton track better and I almost was able to ride no hands. Don't try that on the regular bike... I did have to be careful when parking the bike that the weight wouldn't shift and tip everything over, but I quickly learned to unhook the Touring Pannier and lay it next to the bike. Over bumpy roads and smooth stretches the Brompton Touring Pannier held up beautifully. Yanking it and jerking it and stuffing it and pulling it had no effect in the end. The bag itself looks almost brand new save a few fruit stains from grocery runs here in the city. Be careful when you pack any of your Brompton bags full of peaches. No bag can keep a ripe peach from exploding if you dip into a pot hole.

Well that's about it. I love my Brompton Touring Pannier and if it sounds like you would use it similar to the way I use mine you'll love it too. Take a look at all Brompton bags available and then decide whether the Brompton Touring Pannier is right for you.

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