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Old 04-26-10, 10:13 PM   #1
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Is the seatpost of the TIKIT really tight when folding down ?

to anyone who has a tikit can you tell me if it is normal for the seatpost to be tight when folding down ? i just want to make sure that this is normal on tikit. i attempted to add the support upgrade on my seatpost but decided to remove it as it made the seatpost rub the frame real hard. so hard that the frame paint is peeling. also i attached a picture of what happened to the cylinder support when i tried to slide it out so that i can attach the upgrade support in between the black and blue painted support. as you can see from the picture that cylinder (silver color) is all hammered out since it was so tight (real tight) and i practically had to hammer it real hard. even when i loosened all the screws.
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Old 04-26-10, 10:40 PM   #2
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Mine doesn't feel exceptionally tight, but it's possible that I'm not fully understanding your question. I have the brace installed on mine... and it is a Large size Tikit. I'm not experiencing any rubbing.
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Mine doesn't feel exceptionally tight, but it's possible that I'm not fully understanding your question. I have the brace installed on mine... and it is a Large size Tikit. I'm not experiencing any rubbing.
on mine it does rub that's why i took it out again. i have a medium size frame. on the tightness - let's say you want to fold your tikit, the first thing you do is push down the seatpost - this is where it feels so tight. it's like i need to exert an effort to push down the seatpost to lock it in place when folding. same thing when i pull it up when unfolding.
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Ah... I think I understand now. There are some screws that control that tightness. Try loosening those screws a tiny bit, and maybe add a bit of grease. It shouldn't be so tight that it feels difficult to fold.
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The outer screws (on the black area) should be fairly tight. The inner screws should be just tightened enough that there's no wobble. The hinge interface is on the inside region. The approach to removing the hinge is to take a screwdriver and hammer it on the hinge tube right where there's the crack in the black hinge region.

I think what you need to do is call BF. They're experts on this.

I myself have been having difficulty removing the NEW aardvark design, which I think is a far poorer design, removal-wise, than the old one.
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I think what you need to do is call BF. They're experts on this.
+1 - good advice!

I would say to the OP that you shouldn't have to use excessive force to fold or unfold the bike...if you do I'd stop doing that in case you are doing any damage and talk to BF. There are very few occasions when hammering on a bike part will lead to a positive result. I've done it in frustration myself and usually it's ended badly for me...
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Ah... I think I understand now. There are some screws that control that tightness. Try loosening those screws a tiny bit, and maybe add a bit of grease. It shouldn't be so tight that it feels difficult to fold.
I think Lalato hit the nail on the head. The instructions say certain bolts are not to be too tight. Check it out!
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