How to Assemble A New Bike Out of the Box
Assembling a bike you bought online is a daunting task, I get it. There are a lot of (literally) moving parts, and it's easy to worry that you won't be installing them correctly or taking the proper precautions as you go.
Bike mechanics don't expect you to be the experts, so they go through a detailed checklist before shipment to make sure that the frame, cockpit, derailleurs and more are all installed properly and working according to their standards. What's left is a collection of easy-to-install parts that even a beginner can handle.
1. Get your tools: You're going to need a 5 Newton meter torque wrench, zip tie cutters (or scissors) and a bike multi-tool. Easy as that.
2. Remove bike from the box: The frame and rear wheel are attached to a cardboard platform to keep them secure. Remove any bike assembly parts not attached to the cardboard and set them to the side (keep an eye out for the parts box, it sometimes hides). Cut the zip ties on the frame, as well as any other parts that were secured to it, and position it so that it's comfortable to work with. You can use the box to hold the frame if you need extra space or height.
3. Install your handlebar: Give yourself some room to access the stem so you can attach the handlebar. Either move your bike to an assembly stand, or, if you don't have one, you can leave it on the box until you get the rear wheel attached. Use an allen wrench (hex key/allen key) first to remove the front of the handlebar mount, place your handlebars within it, and then replace the front of the mount over top and secure it using the torque wrench. This will ensure that the handlebars are held with the correct amount of force. Be sure to not overtighten.
4. Install your wheel: Most bikes will come with the back wheel already installed. So, all you need to do is remove the front axle, place the front wheel inside the fork, reinsert the axle and tighten. If you didn't get a chance to purchase an assembly stand between step 3 and now, you can back the rear wheel up against a wall for support as you install the front wheel.
5. Install your pedal: Keep in mind that pedals are left and right specific. More often than not, they'll be labeled with a tiny “L” or “R.” In the cases where those are missing, you can tell which one is which by looking at the thread direction, which also indicates the direction in which it installs. The right pedal tightens clockwise (threads slope up to the right) while the left pedal is reverse thread (threads slope up to the left). Because they're designed to be left and right specific, they go on the corresponding crank and easily tighten into place.
Take a step back and enjoy your handiwork, because now you're ready to ride. Still have questions, or want to take the pressure out of your hands entirely? The ReCYCLIST Electric Bike and Bicycle experts can help! We offer Pick Up, Drop Off, and Bike & E-bike Assembly. Call us now for more information!
If you would like us to assemble your bicycle we will be happy to. The fee for this varies depending on the type of bicycle and the degree of assembly required.