Step by Step...
Congratulations on your new bicycle purchase, we hope it brings you many years of joy and happiness! First, though, you must assemble it and make sure it is in proper working condition. With just a few simple tools you should be up and riding in no time. The following is a guide for you to follow to prepare your bike for riding. Don’t fret! If you can put together flat pack furniture, you can assemble this bike. 😊 If you feel like you need an expert and to activate your warranty, contact your local bike shop. Before you start make sure you have a clean working surface and all the tools required.
- Philips Screwdriver
- 15 mm wrench or a crescent wrench
- 4 mm allen wrench
- 5 mm allen Wrench
- A Smile
1. Cut the binding straps with a pair of scissors making sure you don’t pierce the box as you could scratch the bike. Gently pull the bike out of the box and place on a flat surface resting the bike on the rear wheel and front fork. Make sure to keep the plastic protector on the front fork so you do not scratch the frame. It will also help to stabilize the bike. Remove the zip ties and cardboard from the front wheel. Keep the frame packaging on so it continues to protect the frame during your assembly
2. Remove the 4 bolts from the front of the stem and the stem cap located at the top of the bike where the handles will go. Place them in a safe place so you do not lose them! With all four bolts and the stem cap removed, place the handlebars on the front of the stem and place the stem cap over the handlebars and hand tighten the four bolts. Adjust the handlebars to your comfort level up or down. Using a 4mm allen wrench, hand tighten the four bolts in a cross pattern. Make sure that there is even spacing between the top and bottom of the cap. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN THE BOLTS! The handlebars should not move under pressure. Adjust the handles of your brakes to your desired position.
3. Attach the seat to the seat post, adjust and tighten. Now insert the seat post into the seat tube and adjust to desired height. Firmly tighten the Allen bolt on the seat tube clamp making sure it does not push down under pressure.
4. Place the front wheel on the fork and tighten the nuts with a 15mm or crescent wrench. The bolts should be hand tight to secured to the bike. Make sure the wheel is firmly attached. Check the nuts on the dropouts holding the rear wheel onto the frame to ensure they are tightened properly.
5. Adjust the stem allen bolt on top of the stem until the fork turns smoothly without any play. Then align the stem with the front wheel and tighten the remaining two allen bolts on the rear of the stem so that the stem is firmly in place and the fork can turn fluidly. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN THE BOLTS! The stem and the wheel should stay aligned if properly tightened
6. Inspect the chain so that it is on and snug, adjusting if needed with the rear chain adjustment nuts. The chain should be straight with a little play. Ensure it is not too loose or too tight and it is properly attached.
7. IMPORTANT! Before attaching your pedals, identify the Left and Right pedal with the (L) and (R) stamped on the threaded end of the pedal. With only your hand, screw the LEFT pedal into the LEFT crank arm by slowly turning it counterclockwise. You should be turning it toward the front of the bike. Repeat this step with the right pedal.
8. Adjust both the front and rear brakes. Pitching the brake with your index and thumb and loosen the bolt on the side of the brake. You may need to tighten the cable by pulling more cable through the brake. Pitch the brake pads together again and tighten the bolt on the side of the brake leaving a small space between the wheel and the brake pad. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN THE BOLT! Ensure the pads align properly and make full contact with the silver braking surface of the rim. Pull on the brake lever, loosen and adjust the brake pad and then tighten it once it is centered over the silver ring on the rim and release the brake lever. You can do fine adjustments on the cable tensioner located directly above the caliper on the left side where the cable is threaded through.
9. Attach all reflectors. Mount the white reflector to the handlebar facing forward. Mount the red reflector to the seat post in the rear. Ensure each wheel has a wheel reflector and pedals have reflectors.
10. Ensure that the tires are properly inflated to a maximum Range of 100-120 psi and are seated properly on the rim. ***Your tire is not fully inflated*** For shipping purposes it is filled to 80 psi. We recommend inflating to 110-115 psi to avoid flats.
Double check that everything is tight and your brakes are working properly before riding!
If you have any questions about bicycle assembly, please speak with a professional bike mechanic at your local bike shop, email us here.
Enjoy the ride!