VEL Airflow TRV pump

The pump supplied with a new Brompton is their branded version of a Zefal mini pump. It is not very good. If you own a Brompton bicycle, and currently rely on the supplied pump, do yourself a favour: try deflating a Brompton tyre, and then re-inflating it using that pump. Either you turn your Brompton upside-down, or you fold it and put it on a table for better access to the valve, or you double over straining your back, or you grovel on your knees as you labour away. Then, after a couple of hundred strokes of the pump, you’re hot and sweaty, and cursing. Not a good look.

Alternatively, sell your Brompton pump on eBay (like I did), and buy this little gem instead:

VEL Airflow TRV pump (£40.00 at the time of writing)
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The Brompton ‘drip tray’

The Brompton bicycle’s greatest attribute is its ability to be folded up, and then tucked out of the way next to your desk, or under the stairs at home, etc. However, on rainy days, or having ridden on muddy tracks, the last thing you want to do is park your dirty and/or dripping bicycle on a smart floor.

Enter the Brompton ‘drip tray’:

IKEA’s Baggmuck shoe mat (a.k.a. The Brompton drip tray)
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Laser Stubby Spanner (15mm)

Laser Stubby Spanner (15mm)

You will need a 15mm spanner to remove and refit your front or rear wheel (e.g. if you need to repair a puncture). You could use an adjustable spanner, but carrying one with a large enough jaw would require a rather heavy adjustable spanner.

My preference is to carry a much smaller and lighter adjustable spanner for the smaller nuts and bolts holding a Brompton together, and carry a 15mm spanner dedicated to wheel removal and re-fit.

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