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Getting a Tern Verge to roll like a Brimpton

Old 04-25-22, 12:09 AM
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Getting a Tern Verge to roll like a Brimpton

Hi guys,

I'm in the process of trying to roll my Tern Verge like a Brimpton. Although there're a few options available, I'm not sure any fills my need.
  • Rapid Transit Rack from Tern Does a good job of rolling on the go, however installing it makes it not possible to ride off a curb (or so they say in the manual)
  • Dahon Landing Gear Seems a nice choice. Shame it seems to only work for Dahon
  • Metro Transit Rack for Tern BYB (Actually a part of BYB, only sold separately in a handful of places) Would be most ideal. However it says it only works for BYB? I wonder if it works for my verge
I wonder if anyone knows a solution that's not very intrusive (like Rapid Transit) and proven to work, I'd be so grateful
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Old 04-25-22, 03:30 AM
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From Tern, there's also the Trolley Rack.

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Old 04-25-22, 03:49 AM
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Interesting. It seems they have discontinued the trolley rack tho. Can't seem to find it from your website or even ebay
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I would not even bother to make it roll on small caster wheels like a Brompton

Just fold your Tern, strap the frame with Velcro, leave the handlebar up and push it like a wheelbarrow.

The small caster wheels have rollover issues on many surface.
Raised blind people markers, gaps, small single steps, etc
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Interesting. Is that a thing people do? I think I heard at some point that if you roll the wheels in the wrong direction it may damage the gears. Would you know about that?
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Interesting. Is that a thing people do? I think I heard at some point that if you roll the wheels in the wrong direction it may damage the gears. Would you know about that?
It doesn't damage the gears, it causes the crank arms to rotate backways, possibly scratching the frame, and making the rear wheel lock up.
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Old 04-26-22, 09:34 AM
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It doesn't damage the gears, it causes the crank arms to rotate backways, possibly scratching the frame, and making the rear wheel lock up.
So would it mean I could scroll it sparingly or am I fine to scroll it that way? I'm not too sure what's the takeaway here because I'm rather a newbie in these stuff
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So would it mean I could scroll it sparingly or am I fine to scroll it that way? I'm not too sure what's the takeaway here because I'm rather a newbie in these stuff
Rolling the bike backwards, pretty much ANY folded folding bike, isn't a good idea. The racks with wheels do have issues, but they avoid the risk of this type of damage. Me, personally, I roll unfolded, then fold when I want the bike stationary. I also use a velcro strap, even when the bike has the (supposed) strongest magnets to keep it together when folded.

Honestly, I love the Rapid Transit Rack. If I had a need for it I'd hunt it down and make it my own. It's a bit expensive, but it looks to be quite solid.
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Rolling the bike backwards, pretty much ANY folded folding bike, isn't a good idea. The racks with wheels do have issues, but they avoid the risk of this type of damage. Me, personally, I roll unfolded, then fold when I want the bike stationary. I also use a velcro strap, even when the bike has the (supposed) strongest magnets to keep it together when folded.

Honestly, I love the Rapid Transit Rack. If I had a need for it I'd hunt it down and make it my own. It's a bit expensive, but it looks to be quite solid.
I love it as well, but my problem with it is that once you have it installed, you cannot ride off curbs. I dunno whether Iíll suck it up and buy it in the end though lol
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I love it as well, but my problem with it is that once you have it installed, you cannot ride off curbs. I dunno whether Iíll suck it up and buy it in the end though lol
I wouldn't recommend riding off curbs at all on a folding bike, especially a tern,...
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Interesting. Is that a thing people do? I think I heard at some point that if you roll the wheels in the wrong direction it may damage the gears. Would you know about that?
Even my 8 and 10yr old sons do it w/o supervision (16" bi-folds, not 20" ones )
You won't damage the gears if you reverse the rolling.
At most the pedal moves backward a bit before hitting some part of the folded bike.

Total non-issue (like I said, even kids can do it)

The "nothing rolls folded like a B" is a myth.
So many issues with the small roller wheels on gaps, raised steps, etc than the user has to lift the bike, pivot it or force a push through.
Its just like small rollerblade, kick scooter, skate board wheels when you encounter those sort of small obstacles.
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Even my 8 and 10yr old sons do it w/o supervision (16" bi-folds, not 20" ones )
You won't damage the gears if you reverse the rolling.
At most the pedal moves backward a bit before hitting some part of the folded bike.

Total non-issue (like I said, even kids can do it)

The "nothing rolls folded like a B" is a myth.
So many issues with the small roller wheels on gaps, raised steps, etc than the user has to lift the bike, pivot it or force a push through.
Its just like small rollerblade, kick scooter, skate board wheels when you encounter those sort of small obstacles.
I see. That makes a lot of sense
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