Out of the box there are a couple of simple installations to perform:
Installing the pedals
Tools required: 15mm spanner (pictured below).
There are left and right specific pedals and it is important you identify the correct pedal for each side. This is often indicated by an ‘L’ or an ’R’ on the pedal (where arrow is pointing in figure below).
Pedals are designed to avoid overtightening themselves as you ride and so have unconventional tightening directions. The right pedal (chain side of the bike) will tighten by screwing clockwise, the left pedal will tighten by screwing anti-clockwise. Read on before attempting to screw in the pedals.
Pedals will screw in without a lot of resistance however it is easy to ‘skip a thread’ which will make it feel difficult, to avoid this follow the steps below.
- Ensure the thread is clean, first visually inspect it to see if it needs a clean, if so you can use a clean cloth and light degreaser. You should only need to do this for reBikes. For degreasing you can use a household product like WD-40.
- Once clean begin by screwing the pedal in the opposite direction to tightening (see below for left and right tightening directions) until you hear a small ‘click’, once you hear the ‘click’ start screwing the pedal in the direction of tightening, this process helps to correctly align the thread of the pedal with the thread in the crank.
- Start screwing the pedal in with your hands, not the spanner; this allows for greater control and feel over whether the pedal is screwing correctly or not.
IMPORTANT: if there is a lot of resistance to screwing in the pedals, DO NOT FORCE THEM as it will damage the thread in the crank arm and the thread of the pedal. If a pedal does not screw in smoothly, contact us and we will help out.
Adjusting the handlebars
For this adjustment you will require a 5mm Allen key.
First step is to loosen the two side bolts (labelled side bolts in Fig.2). The bars can now be moved while the wheel remains stationary.
Position the wheel so that the front brake is toward the front of the bike and so that the cables are bunched out in front, see below.
An easy way to position the bars is pictured below:
With the bars in position, it is time to tighten the side bolts you loosened in step 1. These need to be quite firm, tighten until you are unable to move the bars while the wheel is between your legs. It is good practice to tighten each bolt gently first, before finishing them off.
The final adjustment is the seat height. This should be high enough that when the pedal is at the bottom of the stroke (closest to the ground), and you are seated on the bike there is a slight bend in the leg. You can adjust the seat by opening the lever pictured above right.
This completes your out of the box setup—happy cycling! Remember, just get in touch with us if you are having any difficulties.