Citizen and going and being human are registered trademarks of Citizen Bike Inc. Other marks are the properties of their respective owners. T Tha ank k yo ou fo or p purccha asin ng a Cittize en® foldin ng b bike e! W We elcome e to goiing and d beeing g hu uman.. En njoy y! B Before ussing yyour new Citizzen B Bike, p pleasse follow the ssetup p step ps an nd prracticce p prop per fo olding g and d unffoldin ng prroced dures. With a bit of practicee, you u sho ould b be ab ble to o fold d you ur biccyclee quicckly aand eeasilyy. B Be su ure to o follow the seequeence o of steeps ccarefu ully. Prop per op perattion o of yo our b bicyccle is impo ortan nt forr you ur saffety aand eenjoyymen nt. To o avoid injjury aand m maxiimizee you ur riding p perfo orman nce aand eenjoyymen nt, reaad th his m manuaal ccomp pleteely. A Also,, pleaase visit w www..citizzenb bike.ccom//setu up fo or info ormaation regaarding thee ssetup p and d opeeratio on off you ur fold ding bikee. Pleaase visit ww ww.ccitizzenb bike e.co om//setup for insttrucction ns fo or seettin ng u up and d using you ur new fold ding g bikee. Enjoy! for your records Before reviewing this owner’s manual, we suggest that you locate the serial number which is stamped into the bottom bracket shell or head tube of your bicycle frame. Record the serial number in this manual in the event your bicycle is lost or stolen. In addition, you may want to register your serial number with your local police department. Model name & color: Serial number: Date of purchase: Order number: safety Like any sport, bicycling involves risk of injury and even death. Proper use and maintenance of your bicycle reduces the risk of injury and damage. A bicycle is smaller and less powerful than other vehicles, so bicycle safety cannot be over-emphasized. This manual explains how to ride your new bicycle safely, and how to maintain your bicycle to keep it operating safely. Even if you consider yourself familiar and comfortable with riding a bicycle, it is important to read this manual completely. This manual is not intended to function as a bicycle repair manual. It is to function as a basic introduction to safety, assembly and maintenance. special notes for parents Due to the extra care that is required to setup your bicycle for safe operation, our folding bicycles are recommended for adults only. As a parent or guardian, you are responsible for the activities and safety of your minor child, including bicycle safety. In general, it is imperative to always make sure that a bicycle is properly fitted to a child; that it is in good repair and safe operating condition; that you and your child have learned and understand the safe operation of a bicycle; and that you and your child have learned, understand and obey not only the applicable local motor vehicle, bicycle and traffic laws, but also the common sense rules of safe and responsible bicycling. assembly by a professional It is always advisable to have your bicycle properly assembled by a bicycle professional. Proper setup and ongoing maintenance will ensure safe setup and long life for your new folding bike. your bicycle’s break-in period Every new bicycle has a break-in period where your control cables and wheel spokes may stretch and settle. A break-in period is expected on new bicycles after the first few weeks of use. After the break-in period, your brake cables, shifter cables and wheel spokes may need to be adjusted. We strongly suggest that you have a professional bicycle mechanic make any necessary adjustments after your initial rides. quick safety tips Before your first ride, be sure you know all local traffic regulations. Remember to comply with all bicycling safety laws and use common sense, especially in adverse weather conditions. Before riding your folding bike for the first time, make sure to comprehensively familiarize yourself with the location and operation of all the quick release levers on your folding Citizen Bike. Before each ride, check to make sure all latches and quick releases are properly secured. Before each ride, always check your brake system and tire pressure. Proper inflation for your tires is indicated on the tire’s sidewall. Do not over-tighten the quick release levers. Always hand tighten until clamping is snug. Never use a tool or wrench to tighten the quick release levers. Never operate the folding bicycle if the frame, wheels or quick release levers are damaged. Rider’s weight including luggage should not exceed 100 kg or 220 lbs. Make sure that the seat post quick release is securely fastened and that the seat post does not slip or move before you ride. Proper maintenance and adjustment of your Citizen Bike will greatly increase riding safety and performance. To keep bicycle in optimum operating condition, always dry the bicycle after use in wet riding conditions. Reflectors alone are not adequate for riding at night. Front and rear lighting systems are recommended to increase visibility. Your Citizen Bike is designed for adult riders only. Always wear a helmet when riding your Citizen Bike. know your folding bike Get to know your folding bicycle. Please refer to the diagram above for the names and basic function of various components on your Citizen Bike folding bicycle regularly referred to in this manual. 1. handlebar (includes grips, brake levers and shifter) 2. handlebar height adjustment quick release (some models) 3. handlebar folding stem (joint for handlebar folding) 4. frame rest (protects chainwheel when folded and resting on the ground) 5. crank & chainwheel 6. folding pedal 7. chain 8. seatpost height adjustment (quick release for adjusting seat height) 9. seatpost 10. saddle 11. frame folding box (the main folding mechanism for your frame) initial folding bike setup Thanks for purchasing a folding bike by Citizen Bike. Review these instructions completely to get your bike set up for your first ride. Please note that the directions left, right, front and rear are used here as seen by a rider while seated on the bicycle. WARNING: Bicycling can be a hazardous activity even under the best of circumstances. Proper assembly and maintenance of this bicycle is your responsibility, as it helps reduce the risk of injury. Riding a bicycle which is improperly assembled or maintained can result in possible injury or death. It is always advisable to have your bicycle properly assembled by a bicycle professional. This setup and ongoing maintenance will ensure a proper and safe setup and long life for your new folding bike. unpacking Please remove your Citizen Bike folding bike from the delivery package. Carefully remove all other packing material from the bicycle. This includes all zip ties, axle caps and material protecting the frame. You can cut the zip ties with scissors, a knife, or with wire cutters, but please use caution not to cut or damage any of the bicycle components or cables. Your bike is also shipped with a disposable shipping protector attached to the bicycle frame rest. This is used only for shipping and should be removed before riding and may be discarded. Depending on the level of pre-assembly, your Citizen Bike may include loose components. Some loosely packed components may include your plastic bolt caps (for wheel hub bolts), folding bike pedals, bell, tightening tools (if required), reflectors, touch-up paint (some models), and two Velcro binding straps. Also packed in your bike carton, you will find your seatpost and saddle. Your seatpost may have your saddle already connected and secured to the seatpost. Many of these items may be pre-installed or attached to your bike. However, if any item requires installation, the following will guide you through the required setup. For instance, your model may have one or both pedals already attached to your folding bike, as well as the reflectors, bell and bolt caps. Different models arrive with different levels of shipping assembly. P Pleasse folllow the instru uctio ons fo or asssemb bly on nly iff requ uired d for yyour mod del. u usin ng tthe Velcro bin ndin ng sstrap ps TThe V Velcrro bin nding g straaps m may b be attached to o the bicyycle. Thesse strraps aare d desig gned d to seecuree you ur bikke in the ffoldeed po ositio on. Th he longerr strap is u used tto seecure the foldeed haandleebarss to the bicyclee fram me. The sshortter sttrap iis u used to b bind tthe tw wo h halvess of tthe b bike w when n fold ded. See tthe fo oldin ng gu uide ffor m more inforrmatiion o on using yyour Velcrro binding straps. ccon nnecctin ng/tiighttening the e se eat tto th he p postt IInserrt thee seattpostt into o the bikee fram me. C Closee thee quicck relleasee to lo ock the seeatpo ost in n p posittion. The q quickk releease shou uld cllose w with ssufficcientt force to securely lock the sseatp post iinto posittion. TTo tig ghten thee quick reeleasee meechan nism,, opeen tthe q quickk release, hold the nut o oppo osite tthe lleverr with h onee han nd an nd rotate the q quickk rreleaase leever cclockkwisee a co ompleete rotation w whilee holding g the nut ffirmlyy. This will tighten tthe eentiree quick reeleasee meechan nism.. Now w cclosee the quicck release leveer. Yo ou will nottice tthat tthe q quickk releease lever is more d difficult to o ttightten. IIf thee quicck releasee requiress more tig ghten ning,, unlo ock th he qu uick releaase an nd ccontiinue to ro otatee the quick releease lever while ho oldin ng thee bolt oppositte the lleverr untiil thee quicck releasee mecchan nism iis approp priateely tig ghten ned. Repeeat iff n neceessaryy. P Pleasse no ote, yyour sseatp post h has imprinted d min nimum m inssertio on orr maxximu um eexten nsion n marking gs. D Do no ot adjjust yyour seatp post beyo ond tthis m marking. W WAR RNING: N Neverr ride e witth th he sea atpo ost be eyon nd th he ma arke ed miinimum iinserrtion n or m maxiimum m exttension m mark k. If y yourr seatt posst pro ojectts fro om tthe fframe beyond d the e min nimu um in nserttion o or m maxim mum exte ensio on, y your sseatp postt or frrame e can n be d dam maged d, wh hich coulld ca ause y you to lo ose co ontrol a and ffall a and rresullt in sserio ous in njury y or d deatth. W WAR RNING: Riiding g witth an n imp prope erly tightene ed se eat po ost ccan a allow w the ssadd dle to o mo ove and ccause e you u to llose cconttrol a and ffall. ccon nnecctin ng/tiighttening the e ha andleba ar e exte ension Y Yourr new w Citizzen B Bike m may arrivve witth the han ndleb bar eexten nsion detaached d fro om tthe h handlebarr stem m. R Remo ove tthe h handllebarr exteensio on fro om th he ceenterr of th he fo olded d bikee fram me. M Makee suree thee brake an nd sh hifterr cablles arre no ot twiisted d or taangleed arround d you ur fframe beffore repo ositioning the hand dlebaar exttension. O Open n thee han ndleb bar heeightt adju ustm ment leverr quicck relleasee befo ore in nsertting tthe h handlebarr eexten nsion n. W With the hand dlebaars iin thee fold ded p posittion iinsert thee h hand dlebaar eexten nsion n into o thee h hand dlebaar steem. C Closee and d tigh hten tthe q quickk release m mech hanissm to o lockk tthe h handlebarrs intto tthe sstem.. P Pleasse no ote, yyour h hand dlebaar exttensio on haas an n imp printeed m minim mum iinsertion o or maxim mum eexten nsion n marking g. Do o nott adju ust yo our h handllebarr exteensio on b beyo ond this m marking. W WAR RNING: If your han ndlebar e exten nsion n pro ojectts fro om th he sttem b beyo ond tthe m minim mum m insertio on orr max ximu um e exten nsion n mark th he ha andle ebars ma ay b be damaged,, whiich could d cau use yo ou to o lose con ntrol and d falll and d resu ult in n sserio ous in njury y or d deatth. W WAR RNING: Riiding g witth an n imp prope erly tightene ed ha andle ebar postt can n a allow w the e han ndleb bar e exten nsion n to mov ve an nd cause y you tto lo ose co ontro ol an nd ffall. connecting the pedals Your Citizen Bike includes a set of folding pedals. Your bike may have one or both pedals pre-installed. The pedals are marked on the end of the pedal axle: “R” for “Right” and “L” for “Left.” Look for the letter “L” or “R” on the side or end of each pedal spindle. When seated on the bike, your right foot would correspond to the right pedal and your left foot would correspond to the left pedal. If your pedals are not pre-installed, first apply a small amount of grease to the threads of each pedal. Bicycle pedals always tighten in the direction of the front wheel. Turning the spindle clockwise by hand, thread the pedal marked “R” into the crank arm on the right (drive) side of the bicycle. Make sure that you are not “cross-threading”, which can strip the threads in the crank arm. If the threads do not turn easily, don’t force them. Back the spindle out and start over. Once the pedal is threaded into the crank, tighten the spindle securely to the crank arm with a 15mm open end or an adjustable wrench. Turning the spindle counterclockwise by hand, thread the pedal marked “L” into the crank arm on the left side of the bike. Make sure that you are not “cross-threading”, which can strip the threads in the crank arm. If the threads do not turn easily, don’t force them. Back the spindle out and start over. Once the pedal is threaded into the crank, tighten the spindle securely to the crank arm with a 15mm open end or an adjustable wrench. WARNING: Improperly installed and tightened pedals can work loose, damaging the bicycle and causing possible serious injury or death to the rider. adjusting the angle of your handbrake levers Your Citizen Bike has front and rear hand brake levers. These levers may require angle adjustment and tightening for comfort and safety. When your handlebars are properly set up, adjust the angle of the handbrake so that they are easily accessible when your hands are on the handlebars. The angle of the handbrake levers is generally a straight line from your shoulders through your hands to the brakes. Tighten the position of the handbrake levers in this position by tightening the hex nut with a 5mm hex key or Allen wrench. attaching your free bell Your Citizen Bike folding bike comes with a free bell. It is recommended to attach the bell to the left side of the handlebars. Loosen the screw on the attachment ring completely with a screwdriver. Place the attachment ring around the handlebars and replace and tighten the screw. The bell is rung by flicking the small tab. Ding! handlebar angle For models with a raised handlebar, you can rotate the handlebar to a comfortable position. Use a 6mm hex key to loosen the stem bolt. Rotate the handlebar to the desired angle. Retighten the stem bolt. Check to insure that the stem bolt and handlebar clamp are completely secure by placing the front wheel of the bicycle between your legs and attempt to twist the handlebar/stem assembly. If you can twist the stem in relation to the front wheel or turn the handlebars in relation to the stem, tighten the appropriate bolts. WARNING: Failure to properly tighten the handlebar stem and clamp bolt may compromise steering action, which could cause you to lose control and fall. reflectors WARNING: Do not fail to install the reflectors on your bicycle. They are an integral part of the bicycle’s safety system. If not pre-installed, securely fasten the front white reflector to the bracket using the mounting screw. Securely fasten the reflector bracket to the handlebar. If not pre-installed to your seatpost, attach the rear reflector to the seatpost. If your bike has fenders, your rear reflector may be integrated into your rear fender. For bracket reflectors, adjust each reflector’s angle so that it is at 90 degrees to the ground. If not already attached, attach the two amber wheel reflectors to a pair of adjoining spokes of each wheel in a position opposite the tire valve stem and as close to the wheel rim as the mounting clips allow. y you ur in nterrnal hub sy yste em ((forr 3-sspee ed ssysttems on nly)) Y Yourr 3-sp peed Citizzen Bike in nclud des a Shim mano o interrnal h hub. TThou ugh yyour hub systeem iss rrelatiivelyy main ntenancee freee, thiss ssysteem reequires reegulaar inspection tto en nsuree proper sshiftin ng. If you ur sshiftiing reequirres adjusttmen nt or is n not o operaating g prop perlyy, pleease ccheck for the prop per ad djusttmen nt. TTo ad djustt the hub, first set yyour g grip sshifteer to seco ond g gear. N Next, rem move the p proteectivee covver to o exp pose the h hub p pulleey by removing thee rretain ning screw an nd co over. N Notee thatt the hub pulleey haas a rred in ndicaator line that m may o or no ot be visib ble in n tthe 2nd geear positio on. FFor a prop perlyy adju usted d hub b, this red d indiicato or linee willl be eevenly aligned d with tthe threaded axle end. SShift yourr grip p shiffter b betweeen g gearss to n note the ttraveel of tthe pulleyy and d to rreveaal thee possition n of the reed indicattor lin ne if need ded. Return th he griip shifter tto 2nd geaar. TTo ad djustt the posittion o of the red d indicato or linee, you willl neeed to o adju ust th he g gear cable ten nsion n by rrotating the barrel adju uster until proper aalignment is aachieeved. You may need d to rreleaase th he lock nut o on th he baarrel adjuster before making g anyy adjustmeents. After com mpletting yyourr adju ustmeent, ttighteen th he locck nut aand rreplaace th he pu ulley coveer. ffina al ch heck k W Whilee thiss bicyycle has b been pre--assembleed, so ome loosening of ccomp poneents m may havee occcurred d during shipp ping and hand dling g. Beffore aattem mptin ng to o ridee tthis b bicyccle, ch heck all n nuts, b boltss and d otheer haardwaare aand tiighteen if n neceessaryy. ffold ding g/un nfolldin ng g guid de W With a litttle prracticce, yo ou sh hould d be aable to fo old yo our C Citizeen Bikke qu uicklyy and d eeasilyy. Yourr bikee arrives in thee fold ded possition n. P Propeerly ffoldeed, yo our hand dlebaars sh hould d be positioneed on n thee outsside of the fram me. Yo our fframee shou uld be ressting on the frramee restt, pro otectiing the chainw wheell from m thee gro ound.. Beeforee unfo oldin ng yo our frame,, reeleasee anyy Velccro b bindin ng sttraps. First,, swin ng yo our frramee together. Makke sure th he qu uick reeleasse bo olt snaps iinto tthe fram me fo olding g boxx. Tigh hten the q quickk releease llatch by p pressing d down n the leverr firm mly. Thiss leve er sh hould d be ttighttened d horiizonttally y as p pictu ured to avoid d inte erferring w with your leg gs w while e ped dalin ng. Y You ccan aadjusst thee tension on th he qu uick rreleaase lleverrs by loosening or tighttenin ng the levver m mech hanissm itself. Do n not o overttightten. SSwin ng handleebar p post up to o verrtical.. T To av void dam magin ng yo our ffoldiing b bike,, make su ure n not to o strretch h or ttanglle the cab bles.. Tan ngled d cab bles may y ccausse bra aking and shifting isssues.. Lift the llocking leever tto the vertical p position, securing g thee release buttton iinto tthe lo ocked possition n. Pussh thee locking hook into o thee lockked possition n to ssecurre thee lockking leverr. Raisse haandleebarss to aan app proprriate heig ght and d tigh hten the q quickk releease leverr to lo ock in placce. Do not raise e the e han ndleb bar b beyo ond the e max ximu um e extension saffety line.. Tig ghten ning the h hand dleba ar ex xtenssion beyo ond the m maximum m ex xtenssion ccould da amag ge yo our h handllebars, w which h may y cau use y you tto lo ose co ontro ol an nd fa all. P Pleasse no ote, yyou caan ad djustt the tension o on the quick reeleasse levvers b by llooseening g or ttighteening g thee leveer meechanism m itself. Do no ot ove ertig ghten n. R Releaase q quickk releaase leever to ad djustt seatt post h heigh ht. R Raisee the seatt postt to a com mforttable heig ght aand ttightten th he qu uick rrelease lever tto locck in p placee. A Adjust the ten nsion n on tthe q quickk releaase, iif n neceessaryy. D Do n not ra aise tthe sseatp post beyo ond the ssafetty lin ne. To o avo oid sserio ous in njury y, before y you rride mak ke sure th hat th he se eat a and sseatp postt are secu urely y fasttened d so they y w won't slip p. TTo un nfold d the pedaals, liift the ped dal sttep u upwaard. K Keep p fing gers clear of tthe p peda al sstep inte erior to av void serious iinjurry. M Make surre th hat bo oth p peda als arre se ecure ely llocke ed in nto p place e befo ore rriding to avoiid p posssible serio ous iinjurry. C Cong gratu ulatio ons! Y Yourr Citizzen B Bike is reaady tto rid de! ffolding y your bik ke ped dalss To fold the p pedals, pu ush the pedal end towaard the bicyycle axle then n flip the p pedaal plattform m dow wn. Pusshing g the pedal in will rreleaase th he peedal ffrom the locked p posittion. makee suree to kkeep Please m you ur fin ngers clear of p pedal platform m interiorr to avoid inju ury. sea atposst Releasee the seatp post height aadjusstmeent qu uick releease.. Low wer th he seaatposst and d locck bacck into possition n. h hand dleba ar steem TTo fo old yo our h handllebarrs, first relleasee the locking h hook. N Next, low wer th he loccking g leveer compleetely. N Next, firm mly prress tthe w wedg ge relleasee buttton tto un nlock the h hand dlebaar steem w wedg ge. O Oncee released d, fold d the handlebar steem to o thee sidee of tthe b bike. ffram me ffram me TThe fframee fold ding quicck release is atttached to o a veerticaal loccking g pin for safetyy. To unfold d thee fram me, p positio on th he unlo ocked d fram me quick releaase perp pendicular to tthe b bike fframee. W Whilee thee quicck releasee is p perpendicularr to the frrame, pussh u up th he levver to o releease the vverticcal llocking p pin fro om th he fraame.. TThe fframee lock will releease aand o open n. SSwin ng fraame into ffoldeed po ositio on. V Velcro biindin ng sttrapss IIf you u’d like to o carrry thee bicyycle in the ffoldeed po ositio on ou utsidee of tthe caarrying ccase,, you can use tthe p provid ded V Velcrro sstrap ps to secure th he bikke in the ffoldeed p posittion. U Use tthe lo ongeest Veelcro strap p to ssecure tthe fo olded d han ndleb bars to th he fraame o of tthe b bike. U Use tthe shorteer strrap to o seccure tthe ffoldeed biccyclee fram me to ogeth her. P Practtice tthe foldin ng an nd unfold ding g p proce edurre an nd it w will b beco ome e easy y a and iintuitive.. N Now you can enjo oy th he ad dditio onal p possibilitties o of folding g con nven niencce w with your new w Cittizen n Bike e. ttangled d ca able es U Use eextraa cauttion w when n unffolding th he bike beeforee each ride to makee surre thaat yyour brakke an nd shifter cablees aree nott tangled or pincheed. TTang gled b brakee and d shiffter ccables can n cau use co omplications w with the b brakiing aand sshifting fu unctiions of yo our bike. A tan ngled d brakke caable m may ccause you ur b brakees to o clincch yo our w wheel and d prevvent it fro om ro olling g smo oothly. A Also, a ttangled b brakee cable maay also prreven nt yo ou fro om beeing ablee to p propeerly eengaage th he brrakin ng sysstem m. If yo our sshiftin ng caable beco omess pulled, p pinch hed o or ttangled, iit maay preevent thee bikee from m pro operly shifting g. A Alwaays m make sure that yourr brake an nd sh hifterr cables arre no ot tan ngled d wheen ffoldin ng an nd un nfold ding yyourr bikee. tire pressure For easy reference, the recommended tire pressure is always printed on the sidewall of your tire. Look on your tire's sidewall for tire pressure recommendations for your model. Make sure to maintain the recommend tire pressure. Do not exceed the maximum tire pressure listed. Make sure to check your tire pressure before every ride. Poorly inflated tires are much more likely to suffer a puncture caused by the inner-tube being pinched by the rim. Low tire pressure can also cause excessive wear on the tread and sidewall of the tire, where the tire is least protected. Over time, this can lead to premature tire wear. An underinflated tire also greatly increases the “rolling resistance,” requiring more pedaling effort. Maintaining proper tire pressure will make for a more enjoyable, efficient ride and extend the life of your tires. CAUTION: A gas station hose may inflate a bicycle tire too rapidly, and the pressure indicated is often inaccurate. Excessive pressure can cause the tire to explode or fail. Use a hand-operated pump with an appropriate gauge. saddle height/fit Saddle adjustment is crucial in obtaining maximum comfort and performance out of your Citizen Bike. Improper saddle height can cause unnecessary strain on your body and reduce overall performance and enjoyment. To find the optimal saddle height, first sit on the saddle. Next, rotate the crank until one of the pedals is in the down position and the crank arm is parallel with the seat tube. Place your heel on the pedal that is in the down position. If your knee is bent and your leg is not completely straight when in this position, your saddle needs to be raised. The proper saddle height will allow for your leg to be fully extended when your heel is on the lowermost pedal. The goal is that when you are pedaling with the ball of your foot there should be a slight bend in your knee. This allows for your legs to work at maximum efficiency and comfort while riding your bike. bicycles, accidents and safety Your bicycle can be fun when used for transportation, recreation and exercise. But riding a bicycle can also be dangerous, especially if you try to ride beyond the limits of your ability or the limits of your bicycle. The skill of bicycle riders can vary greatly, just like the skill of automobile drivers. Do not ride in a manner that exceeds the limits of your ability. The first rule in safe bicycle riding is to use common sense. A bicycle is vulnerable –it cannot protect you in a crash, impact, or loss of control in the way a car can. A bicycle can tip over sideways or pitch you over the front wheel. Most dangerous situations are obvious. For example, a bad accident can occur if an object gets caught in your bicycle's spokes. But not all dangerous situations are obvious. However, you add to your risk when you make modifications to your bicycle, ride in an unusual location, ride over obstacles or debris, or ride in any other high-risk manner. an impact can weaken your bicycle Each bicycle and its parts have limits because of many properties: design, material, maintenance, use, surface of the road and more. If you crash or apply force that is higher than the limits of your bicycle or its parts, you are very likely to cause damage. If your bicycle or a part has damage and you crash or load it again later, this additional impact can cause a failure at a much lower load. a bicycle cannot protect you in an accident Bicycles are not designed to withstand every situation. In a crash or impact, it is not uncommon for the bicycle to have damage, and for you to fall. If you fall, your bicycle cannot prevent injury. Cars have bumpers, seat belts, air bags, and crumple zones. Bicycles do not, so even a fall at slow speed or an impact with a small object can cause serious injury. Higher speeds and larger impacts will only be worse. before your first ride Check your bicycle fit and operation. You should make sure your bicycle fits before you ride it, and you should know how it works. Practice at slow speeds first. Before riding fast or in more difficult conditions, learn the function and performance of all the mechanisms of your bicycle by riding at slower speeds in a flat, empty parking lot. Use your pedals safely. The pedals are where your feet are placed on a bicycle; control and safety demand that your feet be secure on the pedals. Familiarize yourself with the braking system. Misuse of the braking system, including over-use of the front brake, can cause you to lose control and fall. Avoid improper braking by understanding and practicing proper application of your brakes. Make sure accessories are compatible and safe. To make your bicycle more personally useful, you may choose to change parts or add accessories. Not all parts or accessories are compatible or safe. If you choose to add accessories, read any instructions that are supplied with those accessories before riding your bicycle. CAUTION: Improper components or improper assembly can place unknown stress, or fatigue stress, on your bicycle or components. Stress can lead to failure, which can cause you to lose control and fall. for your every ride Wear a helmet and safety equipment. An unprotected head is highly susceptible to injury, even from the slightest contact, but wearing a helmet that meets appropriate safety testing standards may help prevent injury. Helmets should be removed when not riding the bicycle. If the helmet is caught or stuck on or between objects, the wearer could choke. Eye protection and appropriate cycling clothes are also recommended. Wear light, bright, or reflective clothing, especially at night, to make yourself more visible. Ride in an appropriate area. Avoid riding in conditions that are beyond the design of your bicycle. Also try to avoid high-traffic or congested areas where you are smaller than other vehicles and might be hard to see. Always keep a safe stopping distance between you and other vehicles or objects. Adjust stopping distances and braking forces to suit the riding conditions. Do not overuse the front-wheel brake. Apply both brakes at the same time. Over-use or misuse of a front-wheel brake, such as using only the front-wheel brake in an emergency, could cause the rear wheel to lift from the ground which could cause you to lose control. WARNING: Applying sudden or excessive stopping force with the front-wheel brake may cause the rear wheel to lift off the ground or the front wheel to slip out from under you, which can cause you to lose control and fall. Apply both brakes at the same time and shift your weight backward on the bicycle while braking. Know and observe local bicycle riding laws. Most state and local areas have specific laws for cyclists, and you should follow them. Local cycling clubs or your state’s Department of Transportation (or equivalent) should be able to supply this information to you. A few of the more important rules of riding include the following: Use proper hand signals Ride single file when riding with other cyclists Ride on the correct side of the road; never ride against traffic Ride defensively; expect the unexpected. A cyclist is hard to see, and many drivers simply are not trained to recognize the rights and special considerations of a bicycle rider Ride defensively. To motorists, pedestrians, or other bicyclists, you are not as visible as a car. Always watch for hazardous situations, and be ready to stop or take evasive action at all times. Avoid road hazards. Watch for and avoid potholes, drain grates, soft or low shoulders, and other deviations which could cause your wheels to slip or create an impact. When crossing railroad tracks or drain grates, do so carefully at a 90° angle. If you are not sure of the condition of the riding surface, walk your bicycle. Avoid debris. If your tires contact debris such as sticks, rocks, trash, or any other loose object on the road, the debris can flip up. If the debris gets into your wheels, it could cause you to lose control or crash. It could also get caught in your spokes or chain, possibly damaging your bicycle. Watch the cars you are preparing to pass. If a car suddenly enters your lane, or someone unexpectedly opens the door of a parked car, you could be involved in a serious accident. Mount a horn or bell on your bicycle, and use it to alert others of your approach. Be careful when riding in low light conditions. Your bicycle is equipped with a full set of reflectors. Keep them clean and in position. As useful as these reflectors are, they do not help you see, nor do they help you be seen, unless light is directed on them. Use a working headlight and tail light when you ride in poorly lighted or low visibility conditions. Also wear light, bright, and reflective clothing, especially at night, to make yourself more visible. The important thing is to see and be seen. If you do any amount of riding at dusk, at night, or in any conditions with poor visibility, find appropriate products to aid your vision and make you more visible. WARNING: A bicycle rider without proper lighting and safety precautions may not have good vision and may not be visible to others, which can cause a collision resulting in severe injury. Use front and rear bicycle lights and additional safety procedures when riding in poor visibility conditions. Failure to provide visibility for yourself and be visible to others will increase your chance of being involved in an accident in low light conditions. Avoid unsafe or harmful conditions. Bicycles are not designed to be used in all conditions. Be careful when riding in wet conditions No brakes, whatever their design, work as effectively in wet weather as they do in dry. Even properly aligned, lubricated, and maintained brakes require greater lever pressure and longer stopping distances in wet weather; anticipate the extra distance it will take to stop. Wet weather causes reduced visibility for both you and motorists, and reduced traction. Use slower cornering when traction is reduced, like when riding over wet leaves, painted crosswalks, or manhole covers. Avoid introducing water to any bearings of your bicycle. The metal bearings in your bicycle allow the parts to rotate smoothly. Water in contact with metal causes corrosion, which will make the bearings lose their smoothness. If any bearings on your bicycle get submerged in water, take your bicycle to a professional for service. Avoid high-pressure washing systems, like those at most car washes. The high pressure may force water into the bearings. As with anything mechanical, every part of a bicycle has a limited useful life due to wear. Avoid riding in a manner that is beyond the design of your bicycle, and avoid riding practices that increase stress and fatigue. Do not use unsafe riding practices. Do not ride "no hands." The slightest road imperfection could initiate a wheel shimmy or cause the front wheel to turn unexpectedly. Do not ride with a loose object attached to the handlebar or any other part of the bicycle. It could get caught in the wheel spokes, cause the handlebar to turn unexpectedly, or in other ways cause loss of control. Do not ride while intoxicated or while using medications which might make you drowsy. Bicycles require good coordination to ride in control, and riders must be alert for hazards. Do not "ride double." Standard bicycles are not designed to carry the additional load of a second rider. Also, extra weight makes a bicycle much harder to balance, steer, and stop. Do not ride with headphones or anything else which might prevent you from hearing traffic noise. In some areas, riding with headphones is illegal. In all areas, being aware of traffic is an important part of bicycle safety. before every ride, check your bicycle Check your bicycle and its components against the following checklist before every ride. This is not a comprehensive maintenance program. If you are not certain if your bicycle has a problem, take your bicycle to a professional mechanic for service. In addition, if you have an impact, crash, or accident, even a minor one, always have the bicycle inspected thoroughly by a professional before riding the bicycle again. 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IN NO EVENT SHALL CITIZEN BIKE BE RESPONSIBLE FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE, OR PRODUCT LIABILITY, OR ANY OTHER THEORY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, PERSONAL INJURY DAMAGES, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR ECONOMIC LOSSES. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. EXCLUSIONS: THE ABOVE WARRANTY, OR ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY, DOES NOT COVER NORMAL WEAR AND TEAR, AND ALL WARRANTIES ARE VOID IF THE BICYCLE IS USED FOR OTHER THAN NORMAL ACTIVITIES. INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE OWNER’S MANUAL USING THE BICYCLE FOR COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES OR IN COMPETITIVE EVENTS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO BICYCLE RACING, BICYCLE MOTORCROSS RACING, STUNT RIDING, RAMP JUMPING OR SIMILAR ACTIVITIES, AND TRAINING FOR SUCH ACTIVITIES OR EVENTS. CITIZEN BIKE MAKES NO OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THAT OF THE EXPRESS WARRANTIES STATED ABOVE. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. additional support For assistance with setting up your new folding bike, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-800-682-9579.