Some Assembly Required
Before you can start your Me-Mover fitness regiment, you will have to roll up your sleeves and prepare to do some assembly work. It is not difficult work, and you should view it as an opportunity to get acquainted with your new machine.
Begin by unpacking the Me-Mover, and ensure that you have received everything. A full list of parts and sub-assemblies can be found on page 4 of the Quick Guide. You will find the Me-Mover has been carefully packed at the factory, and all of the tools you need to assemble it are included.
The Quick Guide is written well with clear illustrations that will take your through the entire process. There is also an official Me-Mover video that is helpful as well.
I am mechanically-inclined and experienced working on bikes and Trikkes, so I was no stranger to this sort of assembly work. I took a lot of extra time to photograph my progress for the photo gallery below, but had I not been doing this I believe I could have assembled my Me-Mover in 45 minutes or less. For the most part, all you are doing is bolting together the various sub-assemblies then adding a few accessories.
The only part I had been concerned with ahead of time was connecting the steering column to the rear. This step would be a little easier if you had a second person to help. Lacking that, I made sure I fully understood how the parts aligned before beginning to bolt them together. It turned out to be very simple once I was ready.
When I pre-ordered this Me-Mover, one of the improvements they touted was a design modification to make the folding and unfolding easier. This was to address the difficulties experienced by other riders operating the folding mechanism and locking it into the upright position. While I have not yet heard feedback from anyone else who ordered from this batch (July 2017), I can say that I am delighted with how easy mine operates! It clicked easily into the upright position on the first try and has performed equally well through half a dozen more folds and unfolds.
After you assemble your Me-Mover, be sure to properly adjust everything before taking your first ride. The Quick Guide is less thorough when it comes to the adjustments, so here is the summary of what you will need to do:
- Adjust the handlebar height using the quick release clamp. The proper height is a matter of personal preference, but it should be somewhere between your belt line and navel.
- Adjust the handlebar angle. Most riders prefer settings between 30 and 45 degrees, but again this is a matter of personal preference.
- Check tire pressures and adjust if needed. Set the pressure at the highest amount shown on the sidewall of the tires. The Schwalbe Big Apple tires are rated for a maximum of 4 bar which translates to 58 psi.
- Check the operation of the brakes and adjust if needed. There should be no slack in the brake cables. In my case, I had to tighten the front brake up a little. The rear brake cable had so much slack that I realized I had improperly assembled it, but once I corrected that the factory setting on the cable was good to go.
- Adjust the foot straps. Page 20 of the Quick Guide shows the proper foot position, but know that you’ll need to tweak these adjustments for different pairs of shoes. I had mine well set up for the shoes I wore while assembling the Me-Mover, but then I wore different shoes for the first ride which required me to adjust it again.
The aforementioned items are something you will want to check before each ride, with the likely exception of the handlebar angle. Combine these checks with maintenance such as lubricating the transmission chains and checking bolts for tightness, and you will have a quality fitness machine that will provide years of reliable service and enjoyment.