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Old 10-07-08, 05:47 PM   #1
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Viking Safari-X folding technique?

I have been having some trouble figuring out the most efficient and compact method of folding the bike. It's not possible to fold this bike in any hurry that's for sure!

Anyone own or have experience using one?


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Looks like a typical fold in half bike. Here's how I fold my somewhat similar bike...

1. Lower the seat.

2.
a. If the handlebars fold to the outside, fold the bike in half
b. If the handlebars fold to the inside (between the two halves), fold the handlebars down

3.
a. If you did 2a above, fold the handlebars down... and use a bungie to keep the bike together
b. If you did 2b above, fold the bike in half... and use a bungie to keep the bike together

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Looks like a typical fold in half bike. Here's how I fold my somewhat similar bike...

1. Lower the seat.

2.
a. If the handlebars fold to the outside, fold the bike in half
b. If the handlebars fold to the inside (between the two halves), fold the handlebars down

3.
a. If you did 2a above, fold the handlebars down... and use a bungie to keep the bike together
b. If you did 2b above, fold the bike in half... and use a bungie to keep the bike together

--sam
Thankyou for the reply Sam

The handlebars fold inward, but don't seem to fit inbetween the two folded halves. What I have to do is fold the bike, bring the seat waaaaay up, fold the handlebars right in and over to the other side of the bike, criss-crossing the seatpost, then push the seat down to keep the (now folded) handlebars in place. It all stays snugly together, but it's like a game of Twister getting it done.

This would not win any speed records in a quick folding competition that's for sure! I'm only assuming the method I use is correct, as the bike does not come with any folding instructions, only a generic bike maintainance manual.

I'll try and find a method of folding the handlebars inbetween the two folded halves. It would be the most sensible way to do it.

Great little bike despite the not so easy folding method.

Edit: After some close examination, it's quite obvious the bike was designed to accomodate a straight handlebar to allow the 2nd folding method you mentioned, not a riser bar as is fitted. Strange, as this was bought from new? I can easily buy a straight handlebar I suppose.

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