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What Are the Best Tips for Bicycle Assembly?

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Since different types of bicycles have different features and mechanisms, it may be a good idea to read the included instructions thoroughly before attempting bicycle assembly, to ensure no details are overlooked. When putting together a bicycle, some find it helpful to construct a checklist to ensure no important details have been overlooked. Testing for proper alignment, tire inflation, brake safety and loose parts are a few important things to remember. Also, installation of handlebars and the seat rim may be made easier by using some type of lubrication or grease. For step-by-step instruction on bicycle assembly, online tutorials may help and may explain what tools are generally needed for the task.

Although some people prefer to assemble equipment without the use of a manual, it's often a good idea to refer to the instructions before attempting bicycle assembly. Familiarizing oneself with all bicycle components as illustrated in a user guide is often a good starting point when building a bicycle. Assembling a multi-gear mountain bike may be more time-consuming and complicated than putting together a basic toddler bike, and often it helps to learn which tools are needed for the job and gather them beforehand.

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Whether attempting bicycle assembly for a child's bike or an adult model, the assembler should test for loose parts. By ensuring all parts are tightened and secured, the risk of injury may be reduced. It's generally a good idea to test the brakes, chain tension and frame alignment before allowing anyone to ride the bike.

The height of the bike seat should be adjusted for the person who will be riding the bike. In addition, the angle of the seat may also need to be adjusted according to individual preference. Most bike seats may have a bolt underneath for making angle adjustments. After all modifications have been made, the assembler should tighten all bolts securely, so the seat does not slide around as the bike is being used.

During bicycle assembly, handlebar alignment may also need to be reworked. Angling of the handlebars may also be positioned for comfort. There may be an indicator imprint on the stem of the bike seat. This indicator is generally there to illustrate how high the handlebars may safely be raised. If bicycle handlebars are raised above the indicator line, the bolt may loosen during movement, posing a safety hazard.

Another tip for bike assembly is to ensure the tires are properly inflated. During shipment tires may become deflated, so it is best to check the level of pressure with a pressure gauge. Without proper air pressure, a flat tire may occur while riding the bike, resulting in possible injury to the rider.

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