Luggage Water Bottle Sagas

Waterbottle Mod for Brompton T Bag

The problem with the open sleeve on the back of the T bag is that, if you want to use it for a water bottle, the bottle tends to stick against the fabric of the pocket as it is used. That’s a pain when you are riding.

One of the clever fellows on Brompton Talk  (I’m sorry to say that I don’t remember who) said that he’d slipped a cut-off milk carton into the open sleeve at the back of his Brompton T bag in order to solve this difficulty. UK milk cartons must be a better fit; ours here in the USA didn’t work well.

However, a cut-off seltzer water bottle worked perfectly. (Something slightly larger would, too, but I’m not sure what that would be.) Above:  back of the T bag, cut off Faygo bottle (midwestern? must have bought this back from a trip), and tall Sigg metal water bottle.

Seltzer bottle dropped into the T bag sleeve. There’s room for a larger inner “sleeve”, but for my purposes, this works just fine.

Water bottle in place, and now super easy to lift in and out. No drag at all — it’s a brilliant, low-impact fix, in fact!

Notice the fuzz on the pocket in that final picture?  Fuzz that isn’t present in the first image?

I had “help”.

2 replies on “Waterbottle Mod for Brompton T Bag”

So clever, I love that idea! I’ll bet the plastic mesh you used to stabilize the inner water bottle holder for the bag you recently sewed would work for this application too. But I love the idea of recycling for this purpose.

You may be right about the mesh, Melissa. The plastic mesh does need a little internal ridge to hold it in place (I made sure the pocket hem had that on my bag).

I just checked my T bag, and the seam where the cuff on the T bag’s pocket attaches to the lower part of the pocket might be just enough to keep the plastic mesh from slipping upward. Great suggestion!

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