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Preparing for Your First Ride
And Tips for Taking Care of Your New Bike

1. Read your Owner‘s Manual!
2. Tire pressure recommendations:
  Mountain Bike: circa 2,3 – 3,0 Bar, depending on weight and application
  Trekking / City Bike: circa 3,5 – 5,0 Bar, depending on weight and preference
  Fitness / Crossbike: circa 3,5 – 5,0 Bar, depending on weight and preference
  Road Bike: circa 6,0 – 9,0 Bar, depending on weight and preference
3. After removing the bike from the carton, mount the handlebar on the bike. When tightening the stem bolts pay attention to the specific torque settings. Do not over-tighten the bolts – you can easily ruin your frame!!! Also, make sure the gap between the clamp/faceplate and the rest of the stem is the same top and bottom. Note that some stems are only supposed to have a gap at the bottom – for example, Easton stems. Ask us if you have any doubt!
4. Next, place the seat and seatpost in the seat tube. If your bike frame or seatpost isn’t made out of carbon, make sure a 1mm-thick film of grease is applied to the top three centimeters of the inside of the seat tube. The saddle height is correct when the legs are lightly bent (20° - 25°) at the lowest point of the pedal stroke. If your hips rock back and forth while pedaling, the saddle is too high.
5. Pedals are side specific (left and right). The pedal with a left hand thread is for the left side (when sitting on the bike) and the other, with a right hand thread, the right. Usually, there is a „L“ or „R“ stamped on the pedal near the threads. Apply a 1mm-thick film of grease on the threads of each pedal. Tighten the pedals to 40 N-m with a 15mm open-end wrench. With some pedals, an Allen wrench is used.
6. After the first ride, check that all bolts and screws on the bike are tight (especially the stem, saddle and pedals). Pay attention to the torque recommendations for each bolt/screw – especially when working with carbon frames and suspension parts!!!
7. If you need to remove the front wheel, place the plastic spacer between the brake pads. If not, and the brake handle is accidently squeezed, the pads may move toward each other, thereby resetting their resting position – meaning the brake rotor will no longer fit in between the pads ( and the wheel cannot be installed).
8. When re-mounting a wheel, make sure the axle is seated properly.
9. After a riding in the rain or washing your bike, dry the chain off with a shop towel and apply a new coat of oil.  Do not use spray-on oil, especially if the bike has disc brakes – it may ruin your brake pads. In addition, stay away from using WD40 or similar lubricants. Chain lubricant should be resin and acid-free. After oiling the chain, use a shop towel to wipe off any extra oil from the chain and sprockets.
10. Have your bike inspected every year by a qualified mechanic. Do not forget to make appointment! In the high season, many bike shops have a wait time of 2-3 weeks.
11. Do not use a high-pressure washer to clean your bike! It is bad for the bearings.
12. Avoid using spray-on oil anywhere on your bike!
13. Under no circumstances should oil or other solvents come in contact with the brake pads and rotors!!!
14. Keep the fork tubes/stanchions and shock shaft clean, but lubed. Use only manufacturer-recommended lubricant.
15. While assembling your bike, all components (derailleurs, brakes, etc.) were inspected, installed, and adjusted in our qualified workshop. After the first couple of rides, it is normal for these parts to become misaligned or out of tune. If this happens, please contact your local bike shop. Riding an out-of-tune bike can ruin the components.
16. Your bike’s new brakes must be properly „broken in” – just like a car’s brakes. Usually, with disc brakes, this requires 30-50 hard, but controlled, stops from 20km/h on level ground. Also, do not forget to use both brakes to stop (except when slippery) and try not to „ride“ the brakes on long descents – instead pump them at 2-3 second intervals.
17. When shifting, pay attention to how the chain is running between the front and rear sprockets. Ideally, the chain will be as straight possible, so that sideward motion or stress on the chain is minimized. This helps reduce wear and tear. That means when using:
  Front small chainwheel: Do not use the three smallest sprockets in the back
  Front middle chainwheel: Feel free to use all the sprockets in the cassette
  Front large chainwheel: Do not use the three largest sprockets in the back
  Note that the rules above apply to drivetrains with 3 chainwheels up front. For example, with 2x10 systems its ok to use all sprocket combinations.
18. Make sure your fork/shock’s sag and rebound are properly set. If they vary more than 15%, your suspension performance will suffer.

Following these tips and tricks will reward you with many years riding of enjoyment.

Have a great ride and best regards! Your Bike Service Team


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