Moving Your Neo

This article explains everything you’ll need to know when it comes to moving your Neo around the home.

Remove the Skewer

The first step should always be to remove the skewer. In addition to simply being in the way, if you lay the Neo down on the end of the QR skewer, you risk flattening the springs, which will prevent the skewer from automatically centering between your dropouts. To protect the springs from damage and your clothing from accidental tears, always remove the skewer.

Folding The Legs

Folding the legs, done properly!

Starting on the non drive side, grasp the Neo leg at the front and the rear, and tilt the Neo by lifting. Note that the Neo is angled, so the radius of rotation is wider at the rear, so you’ll have to lift a bit further from the back side.

Once the Neo is sufficiently raised, place your right foot such that the Neo rests lightly and comfortably against your shin (the meaty part, not the bony part).

With your left hand, reach under the Neo, and locate the front latch. It is directly below and in line with the blue latch indicator. Pull the latch toward you, and you should hear it unlatch as the latch indicator turns red.

Grasp the top of the Neo with your left hand to stabilize the Neo, but do not “push” with your left hand or the latch may close accidentally.

While your left hand is stabilizing the Neo, reach under the Neo with your right hand, and locate the rear latch. It is directly below and in line with the blue latch indicator. Pull the latch toward you, and you should feel the Neo’s weight against your left hand as the leg begins to fold against your shin.

Move your right hand to the starting position, and lift the leg until it is completely folded.

Gently lower the Neo onto its side, again noting that the rear will tilt faster because of the angle. Once the Neo is flat against the floor, reach over the top of the Neo and locate the two latches under the remaining leg. While applying gentle pressure to prevent the latches from closing, push the latches away from you to open them, and use both hands to lift the leg into place until it is completely folded.

Gently tilt the Neo from the non drive side. Neo should come to rest along its center when the tilt angle reaches vertical.

Picking Up Your Neo

Don’t pretend the Neo has handles. It doesn’t. It has legs, not handles.
The Legs Are Not A Handle

Many people make the mistake of lifting the Neo by the folded legs, using the leg openings like a handle. DO NOT DO THIS!

The legs are not designed to be lifted in this manner, and the opening leaves very little room between the leg and the cassette. You can seriously injure your fingers as they are trapped between the leg and the cassette as soon as you lift this way, and the weight of the Neo pinches down on them!

The Football Carry

Stand directly next to your Neo on the non-drive side with your toes pointed toward the front. Bend at your hips and knees, keeping your weight back, and drape your right arm over the drive side, such that your forearm is slightly behind the center of the cassette.

Pro Tip

Your cassette is probably a little greasy. To prevent your clothing or forearm from getting an imprint of your cassette when lifting, place a lint-free cloth between the folded leg and the cassette before lifting.

Reach all the way under, and grasp the center of the Neo from beneath.

Stabilize the Neo with your left hand on the front of the folded leg nearest to you, and stand up. Your Neo should be tucked neatly under your arm, resting on your hip, and ready to carry to its next location.

The Two Handed Lift

Stand directly next to your Neo on the non-drive side with your toes pointed toward the Neo. Bend at your hips and knees, keeping your weight back over your hips.

With your left hand, reach under the front of the Neo, directly in the center. It should feel slightly concave, and should be smooth and comfortable on your fingers with no sharp edges or corners.

With your right hand, reach across the back of the Neo, and grasp the drive side angle of the Neo just below where the power adapter connects. Make sure your forearm is resting on the Neo body, but not behind the folded leg. If your arm gets between the Neo and the folded leg, the leg may accidentally deploy and latch, making it more difficult to put the Neo back down.

Lift using both arms, and pull the Neo into your waist to help offset some of the weight. You should now be ready to waddle to the next location while carrying your Neo.

Updated on December 24, 2018

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  1. Drew, thanks for making these videos on how to properly fold, lift and move the Neo/Neo 2. This is very useful to know how to do it right and safely, both for me and my new Neo 2.

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