[Yak] Pocket Rocket folding problem
andrejs at ozolins.com
Sun Jan 20 08:55:11 CST 2008
It happens. There are various tricks and schemes to deal with it. Some
say they can keep the chain on if they do certain things with the crank
during folding; some say they just wear gloves so they can replace the
chain without getting black fingers. The few times I've had the chain
remain on, I have no idea how I did it. Usually, I just use my fingers
and find a rag to wipe off the oil.
The idea behind it all is that Bike Friday has always promoted a
*packable* bike, rather than a folding bike. Its rationale was to have a
bike you could take on a plane as ordinary luggage -- and this involves
some disassembly and work of about 20-30 minutes. As a
quick-folding/unfolding commuter bike, the BF has always had rivals.
Only in the last year has BF offered a true "folder" -- the tikit, of
which I have one in the next room. The tikit never loses its chain or
causes any other mischief in folding.
So, if you need to fold your PR a lot, you'll probably get a knack for
minimizing the hassle of the dropped chain, but you'll probably have it
happen most of the time.
Mikeborro at aol.com wrote:
> I've just taken delivery of my first Bike Friday bike, a Pocket Rocket - and
> a fantastic piece of kit it is. One thing I have noticed, however, is that
> each time I fold/unfold the rear wheel the chain gets trapped by the front
> changer and comes off the chainring. I'm sure that's not supposed to happen...
> Is this a common 'feature' I just have to live with, or is there something
> wrong with my bike's set-up? Or am I doing something stupid?
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