How to assemble a bicycle

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How to assemble a bicycle

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The amount of assembly required varies depending on the manufacturer. Allow a minimum of 30 minutes to assemble a Bicycle. You’ll need a screwdriver, socket set and box wrench or open-end wrench. It’s best to remove all the parts from the box and verify you have everything before you begin.


Step One

Loosen the bolt and slide the handlebars onto the frame. Adjust the height of the handlebars and tighten the bolt just until it won't move. You'll need to straighten the handlebars after the front tire is on and then tighten the bolt all the way.


Step Two

Slide the seat post into the bicycle frame if not already installed. Adjust the height, check that it's straight and then tighten the bolt all the way or close the quick-release lever.


Step Three

Flip the bicycle over so it's balancing on the handlebars and seat. Put the front tire on the forks. Install the retention clips on either side of the wheel axle. Thread the axle bolts on each side by hand. If the front wheal is quick-release, just insert the axle in the fork all the way and close the handle.


Step Four

Straighten the wheel and turn it to make sure is spins freely without rubbing against the brake or forks. Hold one axle bolt with a wrench and use another wrench to tighten the bolt on the other side. Then tighten the bolt you were holding. Attach the reflectors to the wheel spokes with a screwdriver.


Step Five

Look for the "R" and "L" marking on the pedals designating right and left side. Slide the pedals on the crank arms and tighten the bolts.


Step Six

Turn the bicycle right side up. Pull the front brake several times. Lift the bike and spin the front wheel to make sure it spins freely. If it's rubbing, verify that the wheel is straight. If it still rubs, adjust the brake.


Step Seven

Hold the front tire between your legs facing the bike while you turn the handlebars to straighten them. Tighten the bolt holding the handlebars.


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