Tips / Tricks / Techniques – EASIER FOLDING FOR ALL TYPES OF TRIKKE VEHICLES!

Tips / Tricks / Techniques – EASIER FOLDING FOR ALL TYPES OF TRIKKE VEHICLES!

EASIER FOLDING FOR ALL TYPES OF TRIKKE VEHICLES!

 A lot of people complain that they have a hard time folding their Trikke carving vehicle.   
During a Trikke Academy, or a Clinikk, or even our National Riding Skkool, we’ll often see someone struggling to fold and/or unfold their vehicle.  For many of them, they simply never quite understood the mechanics of how the folding mechanism works.

No matter what version of folding mechanism you have, whether it’s the…   “buck knife” version (T78cs & Dlx; T67),  …the “slider pin” version (all modern T8 models),  …or even the “butterfly” version (T8 Version 1),  ….the mechanism has to be able to move freely in order to open easily.

Aside from basic lubrication (you don’t need much – “a little dab’ll do ya”), you also have to make sure YOU’re not the cause of the trouble.   

Trikke vehicles fold at the base of their “V” shape, basically creating a big lever.   If, like many, you grab the handlebars or the front structure while folding your vehicle, it’s very possible you’re actually leaning onto it, supporting yourself, and therefore putting pressure on the mechanism.     

(Imagine a set of tree limb loppers a landscaper might use.  They often have a spring, and a lock that slides into place.  You have to squeeze it a little to relieve the pressure before you can move the slider lock and open the jaws.) 

So, for an easier time folding, make sure you’re not using the front structure like a cane.  If anything, lift up a little,… wiggle & jiggle it a little,… while you squeeze the trigger, or pull back on the pin.  Let the mechanism free up.  If there is no pressure on the folding pin when locking/unlocking the folding mechanism, you’ll find you’re not fighting it anymore.   

(AND… For vehicles with the lower posts built into the handlebars…  they can often press up against the foot platforms when folded.   So, put the handlebars all the way down (…yes, it will go past the last hole) in order to ensure you have plenty of play in the folding mechanism when you go to unfold it.)

Trikke Tips, Tricks, and Techniques brought to you by Fred Welch, Trikke Academy Director!

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