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Folding the Swift is very easy and once you become proficient, it can be done in 5-10 seconds. The nice thing about the Swift is that you are in charge of the folded size. The Swift can be quickly folded to a size appropriate for taking on the train or bus, or for storing in your cubicle. However, when the need arises you can get the Swift quite small with a few additional steps to the normal quick folding procedure.
No the Swift does not fold into a tiny little square, but does it really need to? The goal of the Swift is to provide you with a folding bike that rides like a full-size bike. When comparing the Swift to other folding bicycles take note of how many hinges the bike has and where those hinges are located. Hinges, depending on their location, add flex, weight, and complexity. The Swift has only one pivot point, located in the main tube and locked with the seat post. When the bike is deployed and ready to ride, the seat post holds this joint solid and you feel no flex. Compared to other folding bicycles the Swift is also very narrow, so it fits nicely into cramped closets, rv's, boats, planes, etc.
Step 1: Loosen the two quick-release levers clamping the seat post.
Step 2: Place your foot behind the rear wheel, and retract the post almost all the way.
Step 3: Rock back on the handlebar to allow the rear end to pivot under the main tube.
Step 4: Push the seat post back down, allowing it to rest against the rear wheel and re-clamp the top lever.
Note: If you need to roll the Swift (say through your office lobby) lock the post just above the rear wheel, pull back on the handlebars and roll the Swift on the rear wheel.
If you need to take a bit more size off the folded package, just pop off the handlebar assembly as shown here by loosening the quick-release lever at the bottom of the riser. If you need the bike to get even more compact, you can pull out the seat post and/or remove the front wheel. We have taken the measurements of the Swift in different folded configurations which you may find useful.
Hint: when you reverse these steps to deploy the bike, you can usually quickly adjust the seat height by just lowering it to the height of your hip bone while you are standing next to the bike.
One of the nicest things about the Swift is that it can go in the trunk of the car in a few seconds and without any kind of bike rack. This lets you take your bike with you with on a whim, or lets you keep a bike in your car for when you need to park some distance from your destination.
The TrusFold system allows your bike to go where you go with a minimum of fuss, and with essentially no performance sacrifices.
Most airlines will let you check a small cardboard box like the Swift shipping carton, especially if it is not identified as a bicycle. (For some strange reason, airlines have chosen to alienate bicycle riders by shamelessly singling them out for excess baggage charges.)
If you prefer, you may pack your Swift bike in a large hard-shell suitcase like a Samsonite "Oyster". You can usually find one of these on eBay for under $100. See the suitcase packing instructions for details.
ShippingSave your original shipping carton. It's a nice way to transport your bike. Here's how to pack your bike:
- Remove the pedals with a 15mm pedal wrench.
- Unclamp and remove the front wheel.
- Unclamp and remove the seat post.
- Unclamp and remove the stem riser tube (vertical tube holding handlebar).
- Rotate the forks 180 degrees so the brakes are facing the rear and fold the bike.
- Rest the bike on the forks. Spin the crank backwards until the left crank arm is facing forward. Slip the front wheel onto the left crank arm.
- Put the bike in the box with the forks on the bottom of the box, padding well. Pay particular attention to the derailleur. In fact, you may want to remove the derailleur to avoid it getting whacked.