We found that piecing together the components of a bicycle needn’t be a daunting as it sounds. Assembling the bike became part of the fun and further fuelled the satisfaction when we hit our first run down our favourite trail.
Buying bikes online is becoming ever more popular. Many stores offer a bike building service but what better way to get to know your new bike than building it yourself. New bikes mostly come semi built in the box and luckily it’s not too tricky to assemble them. Alex talks us through the build process with Riddick. Setting up your new cycle doesn’t have to be intimidating, we have some key pointers above to ensure you’re on the right track.
Hi, I’m Alex from Insync TV and we’re going to build a Riddick bike straight from the box.
- Remove any staples that are in the box. Warning: these can be quite sharp. Use a flathead screwdriver.
- Once open, lift/remove the bike from the box.
- Remove cardboard and wire ties with a pair of scissors.
The bike comes partly built. The back wheel is on. We just need to put the front wheel handlebars and seat on.
- Start by putting the handlebars on. Make sure the handlebars are completely aligned to the stem and then get an Allen key and tighten the bolts.
- Slide the front wheel into the dropouts and tighten up the quick-release system.
- To fit the seat: slowly drop the seat into the seat tube and tighten the bolts.
- The pedals have a left and the right hand side. Make sure you are attaching to the correct side and thread them. Then tighten for each side.
Okay so now we’ve got all the parts on the bike we’re just going to run through some final checks:
The tyres do come semi-inflated but check the PSI to make sure you have the right amount. You can find out the PSI on the sidewall of the tyre.
Go through making sure any loose bolts are nice and tight. Make sure you get your seat adjusted to the right height, so you’re as comfortable as you can be
Finally, check the brakes to make sure they’re all in good working order.
Find out more about the Riddick mountain bike range here.