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Helpful Tips For Building Your New Bicycle

Thank you for buying your bicycle from C&D Cycles. As with most things bought online, it will need some assembly by you. Listed below are some instructions to help you with your assembly.

    Remove all the packaging. Be careful when trying to get the front wheel away from the frame as the crank arm will be in the spokes, so don't pull too hard - just give it a wiggle and it will come away.

    If the handlebar stem is not connected to the cycle, connect it by sliding the stem into the frame and tightening the Allen key bolt on top of the stem or, if it is an "a-head" stem, undo the Allen key bolt

    Put the handle bars into the handle bar stem and tighten the bolts. Each bolt should be tightened the same amount

    Put the front wheel into the front forks and tighten the wheel nuts evenly on each side. If the cycle has a quick release wheel, tighten the nut (non lever side) until, when closing the lever, it clamps at least 3/4 ways to fully closed - then close the lever completely. If the lever does not clamp up, tighten the nut more until it does and, if you cannot push the lever up to close, then loosen the nut a bit. Make sure then wheel is straight in the fork.

    Connect the front brake cable and hose and pipe in the box. The brake pads should touch the rim on boths sides. Look at the back brake to give you an idea

    BMX bikes with a gyro/360 have one long cable which goes from the brake lever, through the handle bar stem, down to the fork, curls round and then up to the brake. The rear has two cables - a short cable goes from the brake lever, splits into two and then screws up into the two holes at the handle bar stem. The second cable screws into the holes under the top two holes and goes to the back brake. A triangle shape item clamps onto tht cable and then a short inner cable hooks over the triangle and connects to the brake. Again, make sure that all brake pads are touching the rim of the wheel.

    The saddle post goes into the frame and will need tightening either with a 5mm Allen key or a 13mm spanner. It may also have a quick release lever and this operates the same as the front wheel. There is a "maximum" mark on the post and the post cannot be raised above this mark. You can now put the saddle on, which usually requires a 14mm spanner

    Pedals are marked up with "L" and "R" on the end of the thread. Screw the pedals into the arms and tighten using a 15mm spanner. Make sure you put the "R" pedal into the right and the "L" into the left! It sounds obvious but you will be surprised by just how many people try to put them in the wrong way round! The left pedal has an opposite thread. If they are hard to screw in then put a drop of oil onto the thread. BE CAREFUL NOT TO CROSS THE THREAD.

    When you have finished assembling the bike, please check all the nuts and bolts to make sure they are tight. This check is for the rider's safety.


If you have any problems assembling you cycle, please contact us as we are here to help you - we will talk you through any problems.

CUSTOMER CARE LINE : 01536 411313

All new cycles take time to 'bed in'. The brakes and gears will eventually loosen because the cable stretch. We do use pre-stretched cables, but it can still happen. If it does, you will just need to tighten them up again. In the shop, all bicycles gets a free check over after 4 - 6 weeks but, being on-line, we cannot offer this so we suggest that you take your cycle to a local bike shop to have it checked over.

Regular servicing of your cycle is required to keep it in tip top order. Keeping it clean and oiled will make it a more enjoyable ride.

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