All our bicycles are fully checked and adjusted before dispatch. However, to fit the bike into the packing box it is necessary to detatch items, such as the seat-post and seat, the front wheel and the handlebars. It is a relatively minor task to attach these items and takes between 5 and 15 minutes.
You will require the following basic tools:
5mm Allen Key
15mm open ended spanner
Step 1: Fit the Quick release to the wheel
The front wheel needs a quick release to attach to the front forks. This item is usually found in a small cardboard box with the pedals. To fit the quick release, screw off the round knob on the side of the quick release without a lever keeping one spring on the axle. Then fit the rod of the quick release through the axle of the wheel. Then place the other spring on the axle (small end to the wheel), screw the knob back on till it is just loose. When the lever is pulled tight the wheel will be secured. You can tighten or loosen the nut if the lever is too hard/easy to push into place.
Step 2: Attach the front wheel
To fit the wheel through the brakes (V brake and road bike models) you may need to release the brakes to allow the tire to fit through the brake calipers. On mountain bikes, this is done by pulling the curved silver tube which attaches the cable housing to the brake out of the brake itself. On road bikes, the brake will have a small lever which will release cable tension. Be sure to put the brake cable back into the proper position before riding. To attach the front wheel, loosen the quick release such that the wheel can fit into forks. Then tighten the quick release and pull the lever down tight so that the wheel is secure.
Step 3: Attach the stem and bars
To attach the stem on most bikes (A head style) simply unscrew the bolts on the face of the stem, (you will need a 5 mm Allen Key) remove the face plate, attach the bars and then re tighten the bolts. Ensure the bolts are tight before riding. On quill style bikes (cheaper ones- usually under $250) the stem will already be attached to the bars. Simply insert the quill of the stem in to the bike, adjust the height of the bars to suit the rider and tighten the Allen key at the top of the stem (usually a 6 mm).
Step 4: Attach the pedals
Be sure that you are putting the correct pedal on the correct crank. The left hand pedal is tightened by turning anti-clockwise, the right hand pedal is tightened by turning clockwise. Use the 15mm open ended spanner to tighten the pedals before riding.
NOTE: NOT INSTALLING PEDALS FIRMLY WITH A PROPER PEDAL WRENCH MAY CAUSE CRANK THREADS TO STRIP, WHICH IS NOT COVERED BY WARRANTY.
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