HOW TO ASSEMBLE A CHILD'S BIKE
Assembling a child's bike is something you can do at home with ease.
Our video guide will show you how.
Step 1: After removing all packaging, lay the seatpost, handlebar and front wheel out in front of you.
Step 2: Loosen the 4 allen key bolts on the face plate of the stem and remove the plate. Offer the bars to the stem facing downward, replace the plate and tighten all 4 bolts slightly. Now move the handlebar upwards into the correct position. When you have centred the bars, tighten the 4 bolts ¾ of the way and, if required, adjust the angle of the bars. Once happy with the angle, tighten the bolts all the way.
Step 3: Flip the bike over so the handlebars are on the floor or on the surface you're working on. Drop the nipple end of the brake cable into the brake lever slot and run the metal cable in the groove. Turn the metal adjuster to lock the cable in place and push the cable sleeve into the metal adjuster. The other end of the cable is threaded through the lower caliper cable hole and through the adjustment nut on the brake caliper close to the brake pad. The tightness of the cable can be adjusted later if need be. Use a 10mm spanner to tighten the nut.
Step 4: Fit the front wheel into the slots in the fork, making sure the locking washer is in the dedicated hole and the wheel can spin freely. Tighten the nuts on both sides with a 15mm spanner.
Step 5: Place the bike the correct way up and lean against a wall if needed. It's advised is to place a small amount of grease on the bottom of the seatpost and on the inside of the frame where the seatpost enters. Tighten the post with an allen key, adjust height if needed.
Step 6: Check the pedals for L or R markings. The R pedal is fitted to the right crank (chain side) by turning clockwise. L pedal is fitted to the left hand (non-chain side) by turning anti-clockwise. Please note: Left and Right are from the rider's perspective looking towards the handlebar. Ensure both pedals are tight by using a 15mm spanner.
Notes: In this video, we built the 2014 Specialized Hotrock 16 inch wheeled kids bike, but, remember this is a general guide to assembling childs' bikes with 16 inch wheels or less, some bikes will differ.
Disclaimer: Not all kids' bikes may be assembled in the exact same manner as described above, this may vary depending on the make or model. This document is intended as a general guide and Wheelies can not be held responsible for incorrectly assembled bikes.