|Street Machine Gte ready for re-assembly. Photo: M. Hopkins|
I was particularly interested in his methods because, besides being an expedition rider, he also has 20 years' experience as a shop mechanic. I was curious to see how extensively he took apart his bike, since I figured he'd be comfortable with a greater extent of assembly/disassembly compared to non-mechanic riders. Interestingly, he chose not to take apart the bike very much. I think many riders could pack a SMGte like this without any trouble.
- remove the front boom, lights, computer mount,
- unhook the chain
- remove the front wheel
- remove the bars
- deflate the air shock [RM note: if it's a spring shock, unbolt it.]
- remove the seat
The Streetmachine is not an easy bike to transport. It is heavy, awkwardly shaped and I'm surprised HPV have not released a folding version. But with the right box it can be made a little more travel friendly.
This is definitely a machine that prefers to be out of the box and on the road.
Sorry the pics are not the greatest, but the staff were hassling me to get out.
Have fun and go an unpack that bike,
New York City Recumbent Supply
The Innovation Works, Inc.
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