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    Any other ways to secure a folded bike other than Velcro straps?

    I have a retrospec ss and love it. However, I realize it's pretty stripped down compared to other folders such as no fenders, no rack, etc. I'm fine with all that but having to take out Velcro straps to secure the folded bike so it doesn't swing out is a pain. This bike doesn't have a magnet to secure the folded bike like a dahon or tern. Can anybody recommend any alternatives?

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    I prefer the Velcro straps because they are very secure and reliable, even when you pick your bike up sideways as when putting it in the trunk of a car (magnets can release and cause injury or damage).

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    The three main options are velcro straps, magnets, and a bungee cord. If you find something else please share.

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    Or Tie a few Knots in some Rope .

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Or Tie a few Knots in some Rope .
    easy to make. looks cool. works.


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    Even with magnets on my TernJoeP24, or the closure on my Dahon Speed P8, I still use a velcro strap. It's guaranteed not to open up when I move them, or load them into my car. A strap is 100% reliable.
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    When you drop the seat on the Birdy, it locks the fold into place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by downtube View Post
    The three main options are velcro straps, magnets, and a bungee cord. If you find something else please share.

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    Some lower-priced Tern models use a plastic catch instead of magnets. Some feel they actually function better than the magnets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by downtube View Post
    The three main options are velcro straps, magnets, and a bungee cord. If you find something else please share.
    Surely you have these things on your side of The Pond?
    They're thin metal rods covered in a soft rubbery foam to protect your bike. They're very light, very strong and very cheap - in fact two for a is exceptionally cheap, but I expect you don't have many pound shops over there 95889.jpgThey are so long you could also use them to hang your folder on a wall.

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    I've been trying this little neat contraption for the past week and it's kinda awesome. I looked for those wrapped metal ties (never found them) and came across this thing called the "cable wraptor". I bought the medium size one and it works great. It'll probably snap in the harsh Chicago winter but it has been working great now. You can buy them on ebay for less than $3 US dollars. I purchased the medium size and it works perfectly. Easy on and off and I just clip it to the end of my bike while I'm riding. Way easier than the velcro straps and just as secure. I'll probably buy a few more as backups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leoho5 View Post
    Some lower-priced Tern models use a plastic catch instead of magnets. Some feel they actually function better than the magnets.
    That would be Dahon and not Tern ...
    Most peeps I talk to like the magnets MUCH more
    I replaced several ones


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    these work well, little fiddly but they weigh nothing :-)
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    I found reusable rubber twist ties at Home Depot that worked great. They have different sizes. I bought one that is 64" and it's more than enough. Because they are rubber coated, they stay in place and they don't scratch the bike. Hope this helps.

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    My Dahon has a plastic catch thing that locks it together. It's similar to the magnets but it's made of two plastic pieces that fits one inside the other.

    It locks quite tight and it had never opened unintentionally. In fact, I think it's a bit too difficult to separate it when you unfold the bike.

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    The rubber/metal ties are my favorite cable ties.
    There are many sizes to choose from.
    https://www.niteize.com/collection/Gear-Tie.asp

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThorUSA View Post
    That would be Dahon and not Tern ...
    Most peeps I talk to like the magnets MUCH more
    I replaced several ones


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    these work well, little fiddly but they weigh nothing :-)

    what is this?

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    shakel i use them on my boat all the times, replaces heavy metal ones ��
    and are super strong too
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    When you drop the seat on the Birdy, it locks the fold into place.
    ditto, Brompton.

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    I have used hair bobbles. Enough about fashion. I have used hair bobbles on my folders to secure them. I have one on the black mezzo that sits on top of the seatpost clamp. I stretch it to loop over the brake levers to clamp it together.
    It is sometimes possible to push the seat upwards to lock the bars in place, which I have done on a downtube.

    It seems quite fesible to set something like the mezzo front wheel secure clip.
    Bikes; dual drive Mezzo X2 bullbar previously owned brompton with mods. Also 3 birdies + BMW Q6s folding moutain bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhkyte View Post
    I have used hair bobbles.
    that's funny. i've always pictured you as sort of a scrunchies type.


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    Smallwheeler you need a model release form signed by me before releasing my modelling photos in a public forum. I expect a considerable reimbursement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bhkyte View Post
    Smallwheeler you need a model release form signed by me before releasing my modelling photos in a public forum. I expect a considerable reimbursement.
    couldn't i just take you to dinner instead?

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