Can I build a bike all by myself? Yes, you can! It’s easy, fun, and a great way to customize your bike and have even more pleasure riding it around the town.
Whether you got a mountain bike or a road bike, you’ll need to assemble it. It’s essential to have at least basic knowledge about the parts of your bike, such as changing tires or adjusting the derailleurs. These simple skills can make the task more seamless. If you’re entirely new to the bike world, don’t worry, you can still do the job. Spend few hours productively learning about the parts with basic Google research or a one-on-one bike talk with a friend who knows the drill or owns a bike. You can even try changing tires and do some tricks with your friend’s bike.
Here is a simple 5-step guide to assembling a bike. Follow this step-by-step instruction diligently to assemble your bike right after it has been shipped.
Before you begin, ensure that you know about and have all the parts you need to build your own bike. These include the bike frame, front and rear wheel, tires, tubes, handlebars, stem, derailleur, shifters, fork, brakes, cassette, seat, saddle, pedals, headset, chain, and gears. The tools you would need to assemble the bike can include lubricant, screwdriver, wire cutters, wrench, and a rag.
Step#1: Unbox and Prepare
After you accept a bike shipping, you need to reassemble it. Gather your tools. Open the bike bag, detach your bike, remove the frame from the straps in the bike box, disconnect all parts, remove all padding from your parts. Keep every item close so that you can fit everything perfectly and interlock them to make your bicycle running. Ensure to check for damaged or refurbished parts because there can be life risks in an accident. Cover your face, protect your eyes, and wear hand gloves while you do the work because any injury can become fatal. Also, don’t forget to add your helmet as an essential accessory to your list because that is a must when you start riding.
Step#2: Install Tires and Wheels
Once you’ve all the parts ready, the next step is attaching the tires to the wheels. First, put the tire midway on the rim, next, and slightly inflate the tube. This helps prevent the tube from pinching and breaking. Then, insert the tube into the tire and ensure that the valve stem goes through the hole in the rim. Once the tube is inside the tire, you can push the other side of the tire into the rim. Lastly, you inflate the tube to your desired pressure.
Step#3: Attach the Seatpost
Attach the disc brakes, cassette, seat, and Seatpost to the frame step by step. To connect the seat to the Seatpost, loosen the clamps. Put the Seatpost into the seat tube and push it until the minimum insertion point inside the tube. Use a hex wrench to tighten it and secure the seat. Then move to the saddle and adjust its position, make it centered over the post and then tighten its bolts to fix. One tip that could help is If the Seatpost and frame are metals, try applying grease to smoothen the metal interlocking. The disc brakes, place them onto the hub where the rotor is attached. Tighten the locking onto the wheel, and make sure to check your brakes after installing.
Step#4: Set Up the Handlebar
Now you need to set your handlebar to the stem. Attach the handlebars by sliding them through the stem and make sure that they’re at an even comfortable angle. Inspect that the cables are at the correct position. Tighten Up the bolts in any Z pattern so that they are at almost even tightness. Install the shift levers by sliding them onto the handlebars and tighten them just enough to be easily adjusted later. Foam up your handlebars by installing grips. Make sure to put caps on end to prevent any injuries. Don’t forget to install brakes on the handlebars. Screw each brake grip on the post mount and align the brakes symmetrically. The next step is to attach a chain. The power link or chain breaker can either do it. A power link is relatively easy to add more attachments to the existing chain to extend it, so it is easily clipped on.
Step#5: Install Pedals Securely
The last step is to attach the pedals. First, identify which is which with the help of the spindles. Once you find the L and R markets, attach the R pedal on the right side and L on the left. Screw each pedal to its thread with your hands and then tighten them firmly with a wrench in the end.
The Final Step
Congratulations, you’re almost done. The final step is to check if you did everything right and consider going through the steps again to review. Go over each bolt to ensure everything fits perfectly and tightly enough. To have a greater guarantee, consider taking your bike to a nearby bike shop to ensure everything is in order.
Now take a step back and be proud of what you did! You’ve got a bike to ride, which you built with your own hard work. Make sure you wear that helmet and go on riding.