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What to Bring on Your Brompton

The Brompton was built for adventure – whether it’s cycling through the Peak District, camping in the Pyrénées, or simply a weekend escape from London, you need to make sure you’ve got all the essentials before starting your journey.

Inspired by our design team's journeys on their Bromptons, this is a very comprehensive guide - full of the things we wished we remembered!

  Cycle Kit

  • Jersey (ideally merino)
  • Bibs – Make sure to practice on long 1-day rides to check that they’re comfortable for many hours first!
  • Legwarmers or leggings
  • Arm warmers
  • Socks
  • Overshoes & gloves
  • Waterproof or windproof jacket
  • Buff x2 – The most versatile piece of kit there is: ear warmers / sweatbands / sun bandanas / snoods
  • Sunglasses – Removeable clear or dark lenses are great to keep the rain out

    Other Clothes

  • Flip flops or trainers – The cheapest trainers in the shop tend to be the most malleable to pack, and the lightest to carry!
  • Down gilet or jumper
  • 2x underwear, shorts, and a t-shirt – Wash one, wear one & get out of stinky kit at the end of the day
  • Swimwear – Can remove the need for underwear! Also great for wild swimming, although you might want to just wear the cycling kit to give it a rinse!

    Spares

  • Brompton Toolkit Fits inside front frame, ideal!
  • Brompton Pump Fits on rear frame
  • Straps or bungee
  • Tape & cable ties – Super useful for on-the-fly bodge repairs
  • Inner tubes – Shove them inside the mainframe for a neat storage solution

    Other Bits

  • Card & cash
  • Vaseline or chamois cream
  • Power – Charger cables, battery pack, dynamo charging light, or solar panel if you’re feeling optimistic
  • Lights
  • Garmin or navigation device
  • Headphones – In case your riding partner is boring or irritating
  • GoPro or easy-access camera phone – Capture memories, have it easy to reach so you don’t miss good snaps just because you can’t be bothered to hunt for the camera
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Head torch
  • Toothbrush
  • Emergency blanket

    Camping Gear

  • Tent or bivvy bag
  • Sleeping bag
  • Blow-up roll mat
  • Cooking equipment (optional)
  • Eye mask & ear plugs (optional)

Looking for more inspiration for your Brompton Explore? Check out our Escape the City Guides.