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Bike Assembly Guide

Bicycle Assembly Instructions

If you buy a bike from us and collect from store, it will always be supplied fully assembled and checked to British Standard 6102. This includes a basic bike fit to ensure the bike fits the rider.

If you buy a bike elsewhere and it is delivered to you packed in a box, we will assemble it for you to BS6102 for £30. Note that some manufacturer's warranties are invalid if the bike is not assembled by a trained mechanic to the relevant standard.

If you choose to asemble your bike yourself, the following is a basic guide to what you should be aware of. 

When your new bike arrives please check it over for any damage that may have occurred during transit.

  

Assembly

Before you ride your new bike you will have to adjust certain components by following these simple instructions. This document will take you through the process of fitting and adjusting the components removed for transportation, you may have to do some of the following basic processes:

1. Fit Adjust Handlebars and stem

2. Fit front wheel

3. Adjust Saddle

4. Fit Pedals

The tasks are fairly simple but if you are unsure or unskilled with the use of tools please seek the assistance of qualified cycle mechanic.

Important: There are certain important aspects of bike assembly that need extra care and attention to ensure that your bike is safe and that you get the most out of it:

 Torque Settings:

The torque settings apply to many components to ensure that they are tight but no too tight. Read fully all owners manuals supplied with your bike before assembly. Check individual components as many have the relevant torque settings printed on them. Failure to follow recommended settings may cause damage to parts and/or invalidate warranty.

Carbon Products

Do not over tighten clamp bolts  on carbon products as this will permanently damage the product. Seek manufacturers' guidelines for tightening torque settings.

General Maintenance

Regular maintenance will dramatically increase the lifetime of your new bike and its components. If your bike is used for daily commuting or in arduous conditions, you will need to carry out our advised monthly check more frequentyl, we suggest once a week. Should your bike suffer premature failure that would have been prevented with regular maintenance, it may not be covered under your warranty.

 

Assembling a bike

1. Remove all packaging from the bike

2. Fit the front wheel into the forks and fasten securely in accordance with your bike’s instruction manual.

3. Ensure the front forks are facing the correct way and the handlebar stem is aligned with the front wheel. Attach the handlebars to the stem front opening and attach the stem closure plate using the correct size hex/torx keys and tighten all bolts to the manufacturer's recommended torque rating.

4. Fit seat post and saddle into the seat tube of the frame using a suitable assembly grease(Note that carbon products have special assembly grease), and tighten the seat collar using the correct size hex/torx keys to the manufacturer’s recommended torque rating. For correct torque settings please see manufacturer’s web-site/ manual taking into account the minimum insertion mark on the seat post. (Some frame manufacturers may also have set instructions for insertion of a post into their specific frame). When the saddle is in place, hold firmly at both ends and twist. Your saddle should not move under reasonable force, continue to tighten if movement does occur

5. Fitting pedals. Be careful when fitting the pedals to your bike, because the pedal threads are different for left and right. The right pedal is for the right side drive crank arm (chain side) and the left pedal goes on the non-drive side. If pedal washers are supplied with the chainset, these must be used. Place the washer over the pedal axle and while tightening, ensure it sits neatly into the recess in the crank arm. Apply a light coat of grease to the pedal threads. Attach the left hand pedal to the left hand crank arm by rotating the axle anti-clockwise by hand until tight, then fully tighten. Attach the right hand pedal to the right hand crank arm by rotating the axle clockwise by hand until tight, then fully tighten

6. Before riding your cycle check that the brake pads are aligned with the braking surface and the brakes are functioning correctly, tyres are inflated to correct pressure (Indicated on sidewall of tyre) Double-check that all bolts etc are secure. If you are in any doubt about your own mechanical ability, engage the services of a professional cycle mechanic to assemble your bike.