Now we will revisit some steps and tighten everything.
Handlebars: Straddle the bike and keep the front wheel straight. Grab the brakes and handlebar and try to rotate in either direction as shown. You should not be able to rotate or spin them even with very firm force on the silver brake levers.
If the handlebars rotate, re-align at 45* and tighten the bolt on the stem as shown in Step 3.
Stem: Now, make sure the height of the stem is not greater than the line indicated on the side. See Step 3.
If necessary, the stem and handlebar height can be adjusted by loosening the bolt on the very top.
Make sure the bolt top of the stem is as tight as possible.
Seat Height: The seat should roughly be as high as your hips, with minor adjustments for comfort.
You can also adjust the seat so that it is parallel to the ground by loosening the bolt that holds the seat to the seat post from Step 4.
Seat Position: Make sure the seat post is not higher than the maximum height line marked on its side.
Grab the seat in both hands and attempt to rotate. If you can move the seat in any direction at all, please tighten even more.
Front Brake: Test the front brake by lifting the front of the bike with one hand. With the other hand, spin the front wheel and while the wheel is spinning use the same hand to pull the left lever.
Rear Brake: Test the rear brake by lifting the rear of the bike with one hand. With the other hand, spin the rear wheel and while the wheel is spinning use the same hand to pull the right brake lever.
It's now a good idea to pop by your local bike shop and have them give your bike a safety check. You'll sleep better at night knowing that a pro has given your bike a final check.
If you have any problems with the brakes, or anything seems wrong on the bike, please contact us before riding.
Now you're ready for a test ride!
Please make sure to test your bicycle in a safe area at slow speeds. A full test ride includes:
- Stopping using the front and rear brakes individually;
- Turning the handlebars back and forth to ensure they are tight and aligned with the front wheel;
- Wiggling your bottom on the seat to make sure it stays in place;
- Coming to a stop and step off the bicycle to make sure you can dismount easily.
That's it! You're done. Be brilliant and ride safely: use a helmet and lights, and obey all traffic laws.
If you have any questions , please chat, text, email, or call (310) 853-1337 or stop by your local bike shop.