The Art of Folding

The Art of Folding

This article refers to Castro, Eclipse, Link, Node and Verge bikes (except Link A7, B7, C3i, C7, C7i and eLink).


The Tern fold is simple and elegant. With a little bit of practice, it will feel like second nature, or, if you prefer, as intuitive as riding a bicycle.

Folding Your Bike

1 Rotate Cranks so that the Left Crank extends downward

2 Drop Seatpost down

3 Open Frame Joint

4 N-Fold

5 Open Handlepost Joint and fold Handlepost down

6 Secure Handlepost with the Handlepost Strap


For a more compact folded package, fold or remove your Pedals before Step #2.

You can also get a smaller folded package by positioning your Handlebar Stem upright, before Step #5.

Don’t over-tighten the Handlepost Strap, or you might weaken the magnetic bond in the Magnetix™ 2.0 Clip System.

If you own a Verge X18, X30h, Duo or Link Uno, you should not use the N-Fold. Instead, turn the Handlebars 180° and fold in half.

Unfolding Your Bike

1 Unhook Handlepost Strap

2 Unfold Handlepost and close Handlepost Lever

3 N-Fold

4 Close Frame Joint

5 Raise Seatpost

6 Check that your bike is ready to ride using the ABCQD test


To disengage the Magnetix™ 2.0 Clip System, give the Handlebar a quick turn to the left after you’ve closed the Handlepost Lever.

Your Seatpost has minimum and maximum insertion point markings. For safety reasons, make sure your Seatpost is inserted within this range.

If you own a Verge X18, X30h, Duo or Link Uno, do not use the N-Fold. Instead, unfold and turn the Handlebars 180°.

Download our quick guide to folding

4-Second Fold

Check out this Tern rider in Tokyo. He’s perfected the art of the 4-second fold.