One of the great things about owning a Brompton is the availability of so many perfectly matched accessories, including over 10 different front luggage bags.
As I frequently use my Brompton to commute to and from the office, and as I often need to bring my laptop, documents, and other things with me, I had been carrying a small backpack. But, I really don’t like having something hanging off of my back while riding as it’s both uncomfortable and traps the heat, resulting in a sweaty shirt by the time I arrive at the office.
So, last year I purchased a Brompton front luggage set. As I mentioned, there are plenty of options to choose from. After careful analysis (made easier by the fact that my local bike store only had two models in stock) I settled on the S Bag Set which includes the main bag, a removable internal frame, a removable front flap, and the front carrier block which is used to lock the bag in place on the bike.
The S Bag is described on the Brompton website as as:
“This smaller messenger-style bag has a low profile and plenty of compartments to store the paraphernalia of modern life. A bright lining and waterproof zips are among the improvements, while a removable front panel allows the bags to be personalised with different designs. Capacity 20 litres; dimensions 420w x 260h x 170d; comes supplied with a shoulder strap and a high-visibility rainproof cover. Features the black flap.”
After a couple months of usage, I would say that bag is incredibly versatile for both use on the bike and off. It doesn’t affect the ride or handling when mounted on the front of my Brompton. And, when walking, it’s easy to carry using either the adjustable padded shoulder strap or by the sturdy handle.
The S Bag is built to last and has large variety of conveniently located pockets. One of my favorite features in the outside pockets that I use to carry items that I frequently access during my rides including my mobile phone, sun glasses, maps, pens, and wallet.
In terms of durability, design, ease of use, and overall satisfaction, I would give this bag a 9.5 on a ten-point scale.