How Do You Put a Tricycle Together?
Tricycles are often disassembled so that they can fit into smaller cartons, which means you’ll have to put them back together yourself. The way they’re broken down varies depending on the manufacturer, make, and model, so it’s still safer to consult the owner’s manual for specific instructions. Attaching the seat, handlebar, front wheel, and pedals, requires you.
This article provides vital information about bicycle assembly and safety. It is only meant to be a handy general reference. Also you can buy it from here for your toddlers. It is not intended to be a full manual covering all facets of bicycle assembly or safety.
Tools You Will Need:
- Adjustable Wrench
- 15mm open ended wrench
- Screwdriver (for bikes with stunt pegs only)
Step 1: Attach the Step
Check that the fork is pointing forward. Loosen the stem binder bolt with your wrench so that it can be easily inserted the wedge-shaped portion at the bottom of the stem, far enough into the steer tube that the minimum insertion mark is no longer visible.
Tighten the stem binder bolt while maintaining the handlebars’ alignment with the front fork.
- Check the manufacturer’s website if you don’t have an owner’s manual. Many people post assembly instructions there.
- If you have any questions or need assistance assembling your bike, you can contact your local bike shop.
Step 2: Attach the Front Wheel
If the front wheel has a break, let go of the brake to allow the tire to fit comfortably between the brake pads. The wheel axle should be fully seated in the dropout slots, with the washers positioned on the outside of the fork. Place the washers with hooks or steps inside the small holes on the fork dropouts. Center the wheel and progressively and uniformly tighten each axle nut by switching sides until both are safe.
If the wheel is not properly oriented, loosen the axle nut on the side with the narrower gap. Retighten the nut after moving and holding the wheel in place. When the brake is present, make sure to refasten it.
Step 3: Attach the Front Fender
Remove the nut on the front of the brake with your wrench. Place the front fender so that the fin faces the back of the bike and the funder bracket is in front of the fork crown. Replace the nut and tighten it.
Step 4: Attach the Saddle
Unlock the quick-release lever and insert the seat post far enough into the seat tube to obscure the minimum insertion mark. Affix the seat to the frame’s top tube and tighten the adjustable nut until the lever, when closed, pushes the seat post firmly into place. Seat height should be adjusted as required for alignment, rider fit, and comfort.
Step 5: Attach the Pedals
This step would require the use of a 15-millimeter open-ended wrench. The pedals are directional and easily labeled with a L for left and a R for right.
- The R pedal is threaded in a clockwise direction and must be matched to the right-hand crank arm on the chain side of the bike, where your right foot would be if you were pedaling the bike.
- The L pedal should be threaded counterclockwise and should be compared to the left side crank arm, where your left foot would be. Begin by threading each pedal two to three turns in the correct direction on the appropriate crank arm by hand. Then, using your wrench, tighten the wrench.
Step 6: Attaching Training Wheels
Remove the rear wheel axle’s outer nut and washer. Align and secure the brace stabilizer washer to the axle so that the washer’s notch fits into the frame dropout. Replace the washer, then the outer axle nut, after placing the wheel brace on the axle. Tighten the axle nut when gripping the wheel brace vertically.
When the pedals are turned, ensure that the back wheel will roll on the ground. If it is unable to move the bike forward, the training wheels must be raised.
I’m sure we’ve all had to assemble something we’ve purchased before – a TV stand, Coffee table, perhaps a grill, or even a bike. It’s never entertaining, it never goes well, you always lose a nut or a screw, and by the time you’re finished, you’d rather destroy whatever you’ve purchased than use it. The assembly of a tricycle can be a playful, engaging, and learning experience.
Take pleasure in the process.