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Tha
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ou fo
or p
purccha
asin
ng a Cittize
en® foldin
ng b
bike
e!
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We
elcome
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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
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prop
per fo
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g and
d unffoldin
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dures. With a bit of practicee, you
u sho
ould
b
be ab
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o fold
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ur biccyclee quicckly aand eeasilyy.
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ure to
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ully. Prop
per op
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of yo
our
b
bicyccle is impo
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nt forr you
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o avoid injjury aand
m
maxiimizee you
ur riding p
perfo
orman
nce aand eenjoyymen
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his m
manuaal
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pleteely.
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bike.ccom//setu
up fo
or info
ormaation regaarding thee
ssetup
p and
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on off you
ur fold
ding bikee.
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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
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nly iff requ
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del.
u
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d
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postt
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me.
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p
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with
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post
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w
whilee holding
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w
cclosee the quicck release leveer. Yo
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tthat tthe q
quickk releease lever is more d
difficult to
o
ttightten.
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ccontiinue to ro
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oldin
ng thee bolt oppositte the
lleverr untiil thee quicck releasee mecchan
nism iis approp
priateely tig
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n
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post h
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nimum
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marking.
W
WAR
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Neverr ride
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and ffall a
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njury
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ar e
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Y
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may arrivve witth the han
ndleb
bar eexten
nsion detaached
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om
tthe h
handlebarr stem
m.
R
Remo
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handllebarr exteensio
on fro
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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.
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bar heeightt adju
ustm
ment leverr quicck relleasee befo
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nsertting
tthe h
handlebarr
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nsion
n.
W
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ded
p
posittion iinsert thee
h
hand
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nsion
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o thee
h
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C
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d tigh
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tthe q
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m
mech
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o lockk
tthe h
handlebarrs intto
tthe sstem..
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hand
dlebaar exttensio
on haas an
n imp
printeed m
minim
mum iinsertion
o
or maxim
mum eexten
nsion
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g. Do
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ust yo
our h
handllebarr exteensio
on
b
beyo
ond this m
marking.
W
WAR
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exten
nsion
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beyo
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minim
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andle
ebars ma
ay
b
be damaged,, whiich could
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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
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andle
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w the
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bar e
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n to mov
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nd cause y
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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.
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yste
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Y
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n
not o
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g
grip sshifteer to seco
ond g
gear.
N
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gearss to n
note the ttraveel of tthe pulleyy and
d to
rreveaal thee possition
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tto 2nd geaar.
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g
gear cable ten
nsion
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lock nut o
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he baarrel
adjuster before making
g anyy
adjustmeents.
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mpletting yyourr
adju
ustmeent, ttighteen th
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nut aand rreplaace th
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ulley
coveer.
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al ch
heck
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W
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bicyccle, ch
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boltss and
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neceessaryy.
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guid
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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.
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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..
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oldin
ng yo
our frame,,
reeleasee anyy Velccro b
bindin
ng sttraps.
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ng yo
our frramee together.
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he qu
uick reeleasse bo
olt snaps iinto tthe
fram
me fo
olding
g boxx.
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hten the q
quickk releease llatch by p
pressing d
down
n
the leverr firm
mly.
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er sh
hould
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d
horiizonttally
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p
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d inte
erferring w
with your leg
gs
w
while
e ped
dalin
ng.
Y
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he qu
uick rreleaase
lleverrs by loosening or tighttenin
ng the levver
m
mech
hanissm itself. Do n
not o
overttightten.
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ng handleebar p
post up to
o verrtical..
T
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magin
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our ffoldiing
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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..
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the vertical p
position,
securing
g thee release
buttton iinto tthe lo
ocked
possition
n.
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into
o thee lockked
possition
n to ssecurre thee
lockking leverr.
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app
proprriate heig
ght
and
d tigh
hten the q
quickk
releease leverr to lo
ock in
placce.
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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
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nd fa
all.
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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.
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quickk releaase leever to ad
djustt seatt post
h
heigh
ht.
R
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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.
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nfold
d the pedaals, liift the ped
dal sttep
u
upwaard. K
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p fing
gers clear of tthe p
peda
al
sstep inte
erior to av
void serious iinjurry.
M
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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
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pedals, pu
ush the pedal end towaard the
bicyycle axle then
n flip the p
pedaal plattform
m dow
wn.
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g the pedal in will rreleaase th
he peedal ffrom the
locked p
posittion.
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Please m
you
ur fin
ngers clear of p
pedal
platform
m interiorr to avoid
inju
ury.
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atposst
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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
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wer th
he loccking
g leveer compleetely.
N
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mly prress tthe w
wedg
ge relleasee buttton tto un
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ndleb
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when
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ngled
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brakee cable maay also prreven
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ng sysstem
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our sshiftin
ng caable beco
omess pulled, p
pinch
hed o
or
ttangled, iit maay preevent thee bikee from
m pro
operly shifting
g.
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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:
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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.
WARNING: A bicycle that does not work properly can cause you to lose
control and fall. Inspect the entire bicycle thoroughly before every ride, and
do not ride it until any problem has been corrected.
Ch
heck the ffram
me, fo
ork, a
and ccomp
pone
ents.. Careefullyy insp
pect yourr
fraame aand ccomp
poneents ffor sig
gns o
of fattiguee befo
ore aand after eeach ride.
Ch
heck
k thatt the
e whe
eels a
are sstraig
ght. Spin each
h wheel aand w
watch
h the
rim
m as it passes through the b
brakee pad
ds or the fframee. If tthe rim
w
wobb
bles, movving u
up an
nd do
own or from sside tto sid
de, taake yo
our b
bicyccle to a
p
profeessional fo
or seervicee.
heck
k the tire infla
ation
n. Inflate yyour ttires to th
he airr presssuree
Ch
recommended on th
he tirre sid
dewaalls.
Ch
heck
k the brak
kes. If yo
our brrakess are not w
workking p
properly, you can
lo
ose co
ontro
ol and
d fall. Insp
pect the b
brakees tho
oroughly befo
ore evvery ride,,
aand d
do no
ot rid
de the biccycle until anyy prob
blem
m has been
n corrrecteed.
SSqueeeze eeach
h brakke levver to
owarrd the han
ndleb
bar to
o maake su
ure the brake
m
movees freeely aand sstopss the bicyycle. If thee brakke levver ccan be pulled tto the
h
hand
dlebaar, thee braake iss too loose.
W
When thee brakes aare not ap
pplied
d, the braake p
pads sshou
uld bee 1 to
o 2mm fro
om
tthe rim. Iff the brakke pads arre too
o clo
ose to
o the rim, the b
brakee is to
oo tig
ght. Brakee
p
padss should b
be aligned
d witth thee rim
m surfface. If thee brakes aare not prroperrly
aadjussted,, takee you
ur biccycle to a profeessio
onal ffor seervicee.
Ch
heck the attacchment o
of bo
oth w
whee
els. To
o be ridden saafely,, the
wh
heelss of yyour b
bicyccle m
must b
be firrmly aattacched to th
he fraame aand
ffork. WA
ARNING: A wh
heel tthat iis nott pro
operlyy attaached maay allow tthe w
wheell
tto bee loosse orr com
me offf uneexpecctedlly, caausing you to lose conttrol and faall.
M
Makee suree thee axlee-nutts aree properlyy tigh
hteneed beeforee ridin
ng th
he biccyclee.
Ch
heck
k the hand
dleb
bar an
nd sttem. Careefullyy insp
pect yyour hand
dlebaar an
nd
steem fo
or sig
gns o
of fatiigue befo
ore an
nd affter eeach ride. Also
o check th
hat th
he
h
hand
dlebaar end
ds arre pro
operlly covvered
d—b
by griips w
with cclosed ends, o
or
h
hand
dlebaar plu
ugs in
nserted in
nto b
both eends of th
he haandleebar.
Ch
heck
k fold
ding mechaniisms. Carefullyy inspect your fold
ding
mechaanism
ms for sign
ns off fatig
gue b
beforre and after eaach riide. A
Also ccheck
tthat tthe q
quickk releease levers aree prop
perlyy tigh
hteneed an
nd co
ompleetelyy clossed
aand ssecurre. Do not oveer-tig
ghten
n the quicck releasee leveers. A
Alwayys hand-tiighteen
u
until clam
mping
g is snug. Nevver usse a ttool o
or wrrench
h to ttighteen th
he qu
uick releasse
lleverrs. Insspectt eacch compo
onentt of th
he fo
olding
g meechan
nisms for dam
mage and
tto veerify tthat eeach com
mponent is pro
operly fun
nctioning.
warranty
Citizen Bike warrants the frame and rigid fork of each new Citizen Bike brand
bicycle to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one
(1) year from the date of purchase. All other original components and all Citizen
Bike brand repair parts, replacement parts and accessories are warranted to be
free from defects in material or workmanship for a period of sixty (60) days from
the original date of purchase.
Limited Remedy: Unless otherwise provided, the sole remedy under the above
warranty or any implied warranty is limited to the replacement of defective parts
with those of equal or greater value at the sole discretion of Citizen Bike. You will
be responsible for labor costs associated with warranty replacements. 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
help@citizenbike.com or at 1-800-682-9579.