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Before You Ride


Thank you for choosing Framed Bikes for your next pedaling adventure. Before you assemble, and ride, there’s a few things your new bike needs to make sure it has a long and happy life. 
It is important to understand bike maintenance for a newly purchased bike. Right out of the box, all bikes we sell will need to be fine tuned and adjusted; so it will need to be assembled by a certified technician to ensure all parts are in proper working order before being ridden.This will include realigning, greasing and torquing all components to riding standards, including parts that are installed from factory. A local bike shop will have a technician that can help you make sure your bike is in the best state it can be. 
New bikes need time to break in, and during this break in period you will need to perform routine service more frequently. Cables will stretch, and you may see bolts or connections loosen quicker through the first few rides. To ensure that your bike stays in proper riding condition, your bike will need to be tuned, adjusted, and cleaned throughout ownership.
If you choose not to take your bicycle to a mechanic for assembly, it is likely certain parts like the crankset, bottom bracket, chain, and wheels will break down much sooner than expected. These parts are wear and tear parts and are NOT covered under warranty.
If you forgo professional assembly, before using this bicycle you will need to install a set of pedals on the crank arms. The right(drive side) pedal has a different thread pattern than the left(non-drive side) pedal. It is VERY IMPORTANT the pedals are installed on the correct crank arms. If the pedals are not installed properly, irreparable damage will occur at the owner’s expense, and will not be covered under warranty. 
  1. Apply a light layer of bearing grease to the threads of each pedal spindle.
  2. Identify the right and left pedal. Often “R” and “L” is stamped on the end of the pedal spindle identifying which pedal is which. If there is not a clear stamp of “R” and “L” on your pedal spindle, please refer to the manufacturer for details on how to identify the orientation of your pedals.
  3. Install the “R” drive side pedal by inserting the spindle into the drive side crank arm and turning the spindle clockwise to tighten. Use your fingers to start the threading process. If the spindle is not easily threading into the crank arm, stop and start over. Then, after you are confident the pedal spindle threads are inline with the threads in the crank arm you can use a wrench to tighten the pedal and torque to specs.
  4. LEFT PEDAL IS REVERSE THREADED. Install the “L” non-drive side pedal by inserting the spindle into the drive side crank arm and TURNING THE SPINDLE COUNTER-CLOCKWISE TO TIGHTEN. Use your fingers to start the threading process. If the spindle is not easily threading into the crank arm, stop and start over. Then, after you are confident the pedal spindle threads are inline with the threads in the crank arm you can use a wrench to tighten the pedal and torque to specs.