Flying with a Brompton Folding Bike
Tomorrow morning I depart for the Pacific Northwest on my bike tour of Portland and San Francisco. My trusty steed? A Brompton folding bicycle. Yes, like David Byrne I am taking my folding bike on an airplane across the country so it can accompany me on my adventures.
Though I was skeptical at first, I will be using the Brompton travel suitcase to transport my bike. After some reports I’ve heard about people transporting their Brompton bikes and damages to the bike if not transported in a carrying case. I wanted to make sure my bike was protected during the trip.
I’ll be sure to post a few pictures of my journeys. Hopefully I’ll be able to ride a Brompton bike through a Redwood tree.
UPDATE: It was a great trip. It was $25 to bring it on the airline (but it doubled as extra luggage for clothes, etc), and I was able to leave the case at the place I was staying during my visit.
Portland was so much more bike friendly than New York, and I was able to actually leave my bike locked up without worrying about my Brooks saddle or wheels being swiped. There are bike racks outside every business and lanes on practically every road. It’s bike paradise.