The Elusive Brompton B Pod

Jenna and I are planning some travel to far-off distant lands, and I’m really keen to take my Brompton folding bicycle along.

But how to transport the Brompton without damaging it? The Brompton catalog lists something that I’ve had my eye on for a while: the “B Pod, a semi-rigid flight case; comes with castors and handle.” And after reading this Flying with a Brompton forum thread, a hard case sounds like a good idea.

However, actually finding a B Pod proves difficult. No stores carry them.

Alas, when I asked Brompton about B Pod availability, this was the response:

Thanks for your enquiry, it is with great regret that I let you know the B Pod will not be available this year.

Having first offered this product in 2010 (albeit as a mid-year launch), we have unfortunately been let down by an unreliable supplier which has lead us to the difficult decision to cancel production.

We continue to have great faith in the B Pod, which we know was set to be a very popular product addition, and will be looking for a solution in the coming months.

Eric from Curbside says that though the B Pod isn’t available, the Brompton soft case works just fine:

I’ve travelled tons with a Brompton before that (including the Brompton World Championships!). Never had a problem. The bike protects itself, the case just keeps the frame scratch free (and extra protected).

In the meantime, I’m curious about this third-party Brompton hard case from B&W. Looks nice, but $350 is a little crazy for a single-purpose piece of luggage.

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Comments

  1. dewexdewex says:

    The B&W cases are good. You can get them from roofbox.co.uk in the UK for about 150GBP. I just got a returned one for 90GBP.

    • Dan Misener says:

      Thanks for the recommendation. I checked into roofbox.co.uk, and they had a 99GBP used case, but they don't ship to Canada. There's a Canadian distributor who sells these cases:

  2. Will says:

    Any updates on the B Pod? I'm also interested in one of these. According to the Brompton website, they will be available from January 2012, but I have my doubts: http://www.brompton.co.uk/technical/#3

  3. Les Dollard says:

    FYI or for anyone looking for a B&W Clapton Box for Brompton, who lives in an unusual place. I live in New Zealand
    I tried Roofbox UK but they don’t ship outside Europe apparently.
    Later I stumbled on http://www.cyclesurgery.com,a UK cycle shop. They ship world wide and it only cost me 50 UK pounds for freight of a B&W case at price of 150 UK pounds.

  4. derf says:

    there is a snag with the B&W cases – they weigh 8kg – if you have light Brompton you will just be under the 20kg airline check in limit. the bike pod weighs 4.8 kg and makes things easier if you have say a Rohloff Brompton, or want to throw in a few extras.

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