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Top tips for setting up your new bike

Words by Balfes Bikes

on 14/05/2021 16:42:26

  1. When fitting pedals - the right pedal turns clockwise / the left pedal turns anti-clockwise.

  2. Please make sure pedals are tight before riding.

  3. When adjusting the handlebars - stand over your front wheel looking down the bike to make sure they are straight.

To complete your bike setup, you will need to use the supplied pedal spanner and multi-tool.

Tools update

To fit your pedals:

Dual pedals Text

The pedals if supplied with the bike, will have an L or an R stamped on the end of the thread to denote which is which. The Left pedal will also have a serrated collar as shown in the image above.

The right pedal (i) goes into the crank-arm on the drive-side (ii) and is turned in a clockwise direction.

The left pedal (iii) goes into the crank-arm on the non-drive side (iv) of the bike, to do this turn it anti-clockwise.

Pedal fitting image

Once they are finger tight you can then use the pedal spanner to tighten them further.

To fit your handlebars:

You will need to use a multi-tool for this job, select the right size, likely to be the 4mm for 4 bolt stems and the 6mm for 2 bolt stems. Loosen all stem face plate bolts fully and place to one side.

Lift the handlebar up towards the stem, ensuring the brake and gear cables are not twisted. If they are, flip, twist or rotate the handlebars so the cables run freely from the frame to the handlebars.

Align the centre of the handlebars with the centre of the stem. As a way of making sure the handlebars are the correct way, the brake levers should be facing away from the stem.

Rotate the handlebars so the brake levers are approximately at an angle of 30-45 degrees from the ground. You can adjust to ensure the fit it comfortable. If you are adjusting a road or gravel bike, you can start by placing the tops of the ‘hoods’ parallel to the ground or slightly upwards.

Once this is complete, fit the stem plate and bolts. Tighten them by hand, then each bolt should be tightened evenly, using the correct hex key on the multi-tool, a ¼ turn at a time through the A to D sequence until the handlebars are gripped lightly.

Handlebar Bolt Sequence

Using the same tightening order, the bolts should be tightened individually to the manufacturer’s specification. The stem face plate should be evenly spaced at the top and bottom once tightened.

Stem face plate

If you are in any doubt or have a question, please do not hesitate to call us on 020 4506 3856 Mon-Fri 9am-4pm and one of our friendly experts can assist you.

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