How to assemble your bike
A general video guide on how to assemble your insync bike
The day is here, your bike has finally arrived, but oh no, you don't know how to build it!
Worry not, just follow our video guide with simple steps for easy and stress free assembly of your brand new bike.
Remove all packaging and make sure you have all the parts and tools you are going to need for assembly.
Attaching the seat
Insert the saddle seat post into the frame and adjust into position.
Use the spanner provided to tighten the seat bolt, turning the nut clockwise to secure.
Next insert the handlebar stem into the frame.
The handlebar stem fits into the top of the headset. With the stem in position tighten the allen key bolt by turning it clockwise to secure it into position.
Now the pedals are installed into the crank arms. Each pedal is labelled L (for left) and R (for right) to show you which side they need to be installed.
The right pedal is screwed in clockwise and the left anti-clockwise. Carefully screw in each pedal and secure with the spanner provided.
To install the front wheel, release the front brake cable, loosen the nut on each side of the wheel.
Position the wheel between the forks, ensure the washers are on the outer side of the fork, tighten wheel nuts on both sides to secure. Then reconnect the front brake cable.
Finally install the front reflector. Remove the screw with the tool provided, open the plastic reflector bracket, then position the reflector on the handlebars. Once in position refit the screw and tighten the screw clockwise.
“Make sure everything is tight! Wheel nuts or quick release cams. Make sure the saddle and handlebars are secure and at the correct height for you. Also check the handlebars turn freely and cables don’t interfere.”
How to build a kid's bike
Now you have ordered a kid's bike, we want to make sure you have all the information and tools you will need to build their brand new bicycle.
Follow our step by step guide below.
Carefully unpack the bicycle ensuring all packaging is removed.
Insert the saddle seat post into the frame.
Adjust into position and using the spanner provided tighten the seat post clamp. Turning the nut clockwise to secure.
Next, insert the handlebar stem into the frame. The handlebar stem fits into the top of the headset.
With the stem in position, tighten the bolt. Turning it clockwise to secure it into position.
Now the pedals are installed into the crank arms.
The pedals are marked 'R' (for right) and 'L' (for left). To signify which side they need to be fitted.
The right (R) pedal screws in clockwise. The left (L) pedal screws in anti-clockwise.
Carefully screw in each pedal. Then secure with the spanner provided.
Next install the front wheel. Loosen the nut on each side of the wheel axle.
Ensure the washers are on the outer side of the fork. Position the wheels between the forks.
And using the spanner provided tighten the wheel nuts on both sides to secure.
If stabilisers are required, remove each outer wheel nut and washer, turning the nuts anti-clockwise. Install the rectangular stabiliser washer onto the external axle.
Fit the stabiliser, then the outer washer and nut. Secure outer wheel nut with the spanner.
Then repeat the process for the other stabiliser.
Finally the front reflector is installed. Remove the screw with the tool provided and open the plastic reflector bracket. Position the reflector onto the handlebars. Once in position refit the screw and tighten, turning the screw clockwise.
How to attach the wheels
To install the front wheel. Loosen the nut on each side of the wheel axle. Ensure the washers are on the outer side of the fork. Position the wheels between the forks.
Using the spanner provided tighten the wheel nuts on both sides to secure.
Pump it up
Your new Insync bike will come with the tyres already inflated, however, bike tyres naturally deflate over time so it's a good idea to make sure there's enough air in the tyres.
The best way to do this is to use a tyre pressure gauge. All Insync bikes come fitted with car type valves so a car tyre pressure gauge will work fine. The correct tyre pressure is printed on the side of the tyres.
If you don't have a pressure gauge, there's a few simple tests you can do. Sit the rider on the bike, the tyres should bulge out a few millimetres either side where they contact the ground. You can also squeeze the tyre with your thumb and fingers, you should only be able to make a very shallow depression.
So, you’ve got your new bike and you want to go out for a spin.
It is a really good idea to do a few checks before every ride.
Make sure everything is tight! Wheel nuts or quick release cams. Make sure the saddle and handlebars are secure and at the correct height for you. Also check the handlebars turn freely and cables don’t interfere.
Pull on the brakes and make sure they are tight and can lock the wheels up, this can be easily done standing at the side of the bike and pushing bike forward while applying the brakes. This is also a good time to check the tyre pressures and your front forks. Rolling the bike forward with the front brake on will help show up any issues.
Check that your pedals are tight and rotate freely also check the pedal arms are tight, give them a pull, side to side, they should rotate freely but there should be no side to side play.
Lastly lift the front and rear wheel, give some spokes a squeeze, they should be tight, give the wheels a spin, the wheels should rotate freely and be true.
This quick safety check takes 2 minutes, max. It could save you a long walk home!
To keep your Insync bike in tip top condition we recommend regular maintenance. There are loads of fantastic, free guides available from quick and easy guides to full, in-depth videos. Here's a few quick pointers
Keep your bike clean. Dirt and grime on the components can prevent them from working smoothly and correctly. It will also cause components to wear out quicker.
Check that your gears are adjusted correctly. You should be able to select gears easily and they should function smoothly and quietly.
Your brakes should be able to stop you in a reasonably short distance, this distance will increase in wet conditions. Check your brake pads for excessive wear. The levers should be easy to pull and your brakes should be progressive. If they are ineffective, jolting or noisy they need some maintenance.
Check your tyres for excessive wear and damage to the tread or tyre walls. Worn or damaged tyres will need to be replaced. Check your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure, this is printed on the side of the tyre. Running your tyres at the correct pressure prevents tyre, tube and wheel damage and improves the riding performance.
Check all nuts, bolts and quick release cams for tightness.
Your bike needs regular lubrication to help it run smoothly and to reduce wear and tear on the components. Your bike must be clean before you apply any lubrication. The most important item when it comes down to lubrication is your chain. If it feels dry to the touch or is starting to become noisy it's time for a lube using a suitable chain lube.
Other parts of the bike that will need a regular lube are brake pivot points, cables and derailleurs. Allow sometime for the lubricant to penetrate, moving the component will help, then remove any excess lubricant with a cloth. This will help to keep the bike clean.