Saturday, 19 November 2016

Taking my folding bike to Namibia

I travel a lot for work, mostly in Southern Africa, particularly if there's been a drought or some political problems. This time I was off to Namibia for another trip. When there I usually spend time walking around the city, but this time I decided to take my Brompton folding bike along so I could explore even more.

This meant I had an issue. I wanted to be able to cycle straight from the airport, so I wouldn't need expensive taxis that speed and scare the living daylights out of me, but I also wanted my bicycle to be safe in the hands of the luggage demolition crew. A strong cardboard box would work, but I wouldn't be able to cycle with a box that size, and it would likely get tossed or taken if I tried to leave it near the airport.

So having previously built a battery box for my electric bike out of ABS plastic, I decided this would do the job again.