Congratulations on choosing your new bicycle. It is designed and built to meet the highest standards. Now it is yours, enjoy and look after it! If you give it the normal care and attention it deserves it will serve you faithfully for many years.
When stationary you should be able to comfortably sit on the bicycle saddle with one foot on the road surface.
Your weight should be distributed between handlebars, saddle and pedals. Handlebars should be level with or slightly lower than the saddle. Your hands should be comfortable and able to easily operate all controls.
Make sure that the “minimum” insertion mark on the seat post and handlebar stem (also called the “maximum” height mark) remains inside the frame. This mark is approximately 5-7cms from the lower end of the seat post and handlebar stem. Riding with the mark visible is unsafe.
Learn the use of the mechanisms on your bicycle. Practice riding at slower speeds in a safe and traffic-free environment.
Foot sizes and bicycle designs vary and at very slow speeds it may be possible for your foot to contact the front wheel or mudguard when the wheel is turned to the side and your pedal is fully forward. This could cause loss of control. At slow speeds, keep your crank arms vertical while turning.
Ensure that the bar-ends face forward and away from you and that the bar-ends are pointing upwards at an angle of not less than 15 degrees.
Wear at all time standards compliant protective garment (Helmet, elbow, wrist & knee).
Ask your supplier to show you how to operate quick release clamps if fitted to wheels or seat post clamp.
Obey the rules of the road.
Expect the unexpected. Many drivers are not trained to recognize the rights of cyclist and to give them special consideration.
Do not ride ‘no hands’.
Do not ride double. Standard bicycles are not designed to carry the additional load of a second rider. They also are much harder to balance, steer and stop with the additional weight of a second rider.
Always keep a safe stopping distance between you, other vehicles or objects. Adjust stopping distances and braking forces to suit riding conditions. If your bike has two hand brakes apply both brakes at the same time. No brakes, whatever their design, work as effectively in wet weather as in dry. Anticipate the extra time it will take to stop.
Your bicycle is equipped with a full set of reflectors; keep them clean and in position. Use a working headlight and a taillight when you ride at night.Wear bright, reflective clothing to make yourself more visible.
Jumping your bicycle, performing bicycle stunts, off road riding or any abnormal bike riding can be very dangerous because they increase the stress on your frame. Frames or components under high stress can fatigue prematurely which can lead to sudden failure.
Protect your bicycle from theft. Keep a record of the serial number in a safe place.
Young children may not be able to ride a bicycle without assistance so some bicycles come equipped with stabilizers. Make sure the child has the skills necessary to stop the bike. Until this skill is mastered, the child should never ride the bike without supervision.
Some bicycles include bar-ends attached to MTB type handlebars. These bar-ends are designed for climbing only. Remember that it is hard to reach your brakes in an emergency when holding bar-ends. Never allow your bar-ends to come Into contact with objects that may cause you to lose control of your bicycle.
Keep your bicycle clean. Salts spread on the roads in frosty conditions are corrosive and should be cleaned off you bicycle as soon as possible. Bicycles used in seaside areas will need frequent cleaning because of the corrosive effect of salty sea air. Warm water with washing up liquid is effective and cheap for cleaning bicycles. Do not use high pressure washing systems.
When not in use, keep your bike in a place where it will be protected from rain, snow, sun, etc. Rain and snow can cause your bicycle to corrode. The ultraviolet radiation from the sun can fade the paint, or crack any rubber or plastic on the bicycle.
Use good quality grease on bearings. On other places requiring lubrication use a spray lubricant or a mineral oil (some popular light oils are vegetable based and unsuitable). Wipe off excess oil - in joints it lubricates but on flat surfaces it only collects dirt.
The brake system allows you to control the speed of your bicycle, and this function is critical to your safety.The brake system can be difficult to adjust properly without the proper tools and training. If you are unsure of the brake adjustment, or suspect any problem, do not ride your bicycle. Take your bicycle to your local qualified professional bicycle mechanic for service.
Replacement parts for your bicycle are readily available throughout Ireland.
This maintenance schedule is based on normal usage. If you ride your bike more than average or in rain, snow, or off-road conditions, service your bicycle more often than the schedule suggests.
If you are not sure how to carry out these checks or rectify any faults please consult your local qualified professional bicycle mechanic for service.
YOUR BICYCLE HAS BEEN BUILT AND QUALITY CONTROLED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS WITH COMPONENTS CHOSEN BY THE MANUFACTURER.
NORMAL WEAR OF MOVING PARTS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN WARRANTY
BUCKLED & BENDED WHEELS, FRAMES AND HANDLEBARS ARE THE RESULT OF BAD HANDLING AND CANNOT BE INCLUDED IN YOUR WARRANTY – PLEASE CAREFULLY CHECK YOUR PRODUCT PRIOR TO RIDING