Diamondback 06.DB SS OM Bicycle User Manual

DIAMONDBACK SINGLE-SPEED OWNER’S MANUAL
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Owner’s Manual
for BMX and other single-speed bicycles
3rd Edition, 2003
This manual contains important safety,
performance and service information.
Read it before you take the first ride
on your new bicycle,
and keep it for reference.
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO PARENTS:
This Manual contains important safety information. For your
child's safety, it is your responsibility to review this information
with your child and make sure that your child understands
all warnings, cautions, instructions and safety topics. We
recommend that you periodically review and reinforce the
information in this Manual with younger riders.
GENERAL WARNING:
A special note for parents:
Like any sport, bicycling involves risk of injury and damage.
By choosing to ride a bicycle, you assume the responsibility
for that risk, so you need to know — and to practice — the
rules of safe and responsible riding and of proper use and
maintenance. Proper use and maintenance of your bicycle
reduces risk of injury.
This Manual contains many “Warnings” and “Cautions”
concerning the consequences of failure to maintain or inspect
your bicycle and of failure to follow safe cycling practices.
• The combination of the ! safety alert symbol and
the word WARNING indicates a potentially hazardous situation
which, if not avoided, could result in serious injury or death.
• The combination of the ! safety alert symbol and
the word CAUTION indicates a potentially hazardous situation
which, if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury,
or is an alert against unsafe practices.
• The word CAUTION used without the safety alert
symbol indicates a situation which, if not avoided, could
result in serious damage to the bicycle or the voiding of your
warranty.
Many of the Warnings and Cautions say “you may lose
control and fall.” Because any fall can result in serious injury or
even death, we do not always repeat the warning of possible
injury or death.
Because it is impossible to anticipate every situation or
condition which can occur while riding, this Manual makes
no representation about the safe use of the bicycle under
all conditions. There are risks associated with the use of any
bicycle which cannot be predicted or avoided, and which
are the sole responsibility of the rider.
As a parent or guardian, you are responsible for the
activities and safety of your minor child, and that includes
making sure that the bicycle is properly fitted to the child;
that it is in good repair and safe operating condition; that
you and your child have learned and understand the safe
operation of the 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. As a parent, you
should read this manual, as well as review its warnings and the
bicycle’s functions and operating procedures with your child,
before letting your child ride the bicycle.
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WARNING: Make sure that your child always wears an
approved bicycle helmet when riding; but also make sure that
your child understands that a bicycle helmet is for bicycling
only, and must be removed when not riding. A helmet must
not be worn while playing, in play areas, on playground
equipment, while climbing trees, or at any time while not
riding a bicycle. Failure to follow this warning could result in
serious injury or death.
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Contents
GENERAL WARNING
A special note for parents
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1. First
A. Bike Fit
B. Safety First
C. Mechanical Safety Check
D. First Ride
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2. Safety
A. The Basics
B. Riding Safety
C. Off Road Safety
D. Wet Weather Riding
E. Night Riding
F. Bicycling in Traffic
G. Downhill, Stunt or Competition Biking
H. Changing Components or
Adding Accessories
3. Fit
A. Standover Height
B. Saddle Position
C. Handlebar Height And Angle
D. Control Position Adjustments
E. Brake Reach
4. Tech
A. Brakes
B. Wheels
C. Pedals
D. Bicycle Suspension
E. Tires and Tubes
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5. Service
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Appendix A
Teaching Your Child The Rules
Appendix B
Bicycling In Traffic
Appendix C
Wheel and Seat Post
Quick Release Mechanisms
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1. First
and care of your helmet.
2. Do you have all the other required and recommended
safety equipment? See Section 2. It’s your responsibility to
familiarize yourself with the laws of the areas where you ride,
and to comply with all applicable laws.
3. If your bike has wheel quick releases, do you know how
to correctly operate them? Check Section Appendix B to make
sure. Riding with an improperly adjusted wheel quick release
can cause the wheel to wobble or disengage from the bicycle,
and cause serious injury or death.
4. If your bike has clipless (“step-in”) pedals, make sure you
know how they work (see Section 4.C.3). These pedals require
special techniques and skills. Follow the pedal manufacturer’s
instructions for use, adjustment and care.
5. Does your bike have suspension? If so, check Section 4.F.
Suspension can change the way a bicycle performs. Follow
the suspension manufacturer’s instructions for use, adjustment
and care.
6. Do you have “toe overlap”? On smaller framed bicycles
your toe may be able to contact the front wheel when a pedal
is all the way forward and the wheel is turned.
See section 4.C.1.
NOTE: We strongly urge you to read this Manual in its entirety
before your first ride; but at the very least, read and make sure
that you understand each point in this section, and refer to
the cited sections on any issue which you don’t completely
understand. Please note that not all bicycles have all of the
features described in this manual. Ask your dealer to point out
the features of your bicycle that are covered in this manual.
A.
Bike fit
1. Is your bike the right size? To check, see Section 3.A.
If your bicycle is too large or too small for you, you may lose
control and fall. If your new bike is not the right size, ask your
dealer to exchange it before you ride it.
2. Is the saddle at the right height? To check, see Section
3.B. If you adjust your saddle height, make sure that you follow
the Minimum Insertion instructions in Section 3.B.
3. Are saddle and seatpost securely clamped? A correctly
tight ened saddle will allow no saddle move ment in any
direction. See Section 3.B for details.
4. Are the stem and handlebars at the right height for you?
If not, see Section 3.C on what you can do about it.
6. Can you comfortably operate the brakes? If not, you
may be able to adjust their angle and reach. See Section 3.D
and 3.E for details.
7. Do you fully understand how to operate your new
bicycle? If not, before you ride, have your dealer explain any
functions or features which you do not understand.
C. Mechanical Safety Check
Routinely check the condition of your bicycle before
every ride.
Nuts, bolts & straps: Make sure nothing is loose. Lift the
front wheel off the ground by two or three inches, then let it
bounce on the ground. Anything sound, feel or look loose? Do
a quick visual and tactile inspection of the whole bike. Any
loose parts or accessories? If so, secure them. If you’re not sure,
ask someone with experience to check.
B.
Safety first
1. Always wear an approved helmet when riding your bike,
and follow the helmet manufacturer’s instructions for fit, use
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Tires & Wheels: Make sure tires are correctly inflated (see
Section 4.G.1). Check by putting one hand on the saddle, one
on the intersection of the handlebars and stem, then bouncing
your weight on the bike while look ing at tire deflection.
Compare what you see with how it looks when you know the
tires are correctly inflated; and adjust if necessary.
Tires in good shape? Spin each wheel slowly and look for
cuts in the tread and sidewall. Replace damaged tires before
riding the bike.
Wheels true? Spin each wheel and check for brake
clearance and side-to-side wobble. If a wheel wobbles side
to side even slightly, or rubs against or hits the brake pads, take
the bike to a qualified bike shop to have the wheel trued.
and handlebar stem are parallel to the bike’s center line
and clamped tight enough so that you can’t twist them
out of alignment. See Section 3.B and 3.C. If not, align and
tighten them.
Handlebar ends: Make sure the handlebar grips are
secure and in good condition. If not, replace them. Make
sure the handlebar ends are plugged. If not, plug them before
you ride.
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WARNING: Loose or damaged handlebar grips can
cause you to lose control and fall. Unplugged handlebars
can cut your body, and can cause serious injury in an
otherwise minor accident.
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CAUTION: Wheels must be true for the brakes to work
effectively. Wheel truing is a skill which requires special tools
and experience. Do not attempt to true a wheel unless you
have the knowledge, experience and tools needed to do the
job correctly.
D. First ride
When you buckle on your helmet and go for your first
fa mil iar iza tion ride on your new bicycle, be sure to pick
a controlled environment, away from cars, other cyclists,
obstacles or other hazards. Ride to become familiar with the
controls, features and performance of your new bike.
Familiarize yourself with the braking action of the bike
(see Section 4.C). Test the brakes at slow speed, putting your
weight toward the rear and gently applying the brakes, rear
brake first. Sudden or excessive application of the front brake,
if your bicycle has one, could pitch you over the handlebars.
Applying brakes too hard can lock up a wheel, which could
cause you to lose control and fall. Skidding is an example of
what can happen when a wheel locks up.
If your bicycle has clipless pedals, practice getting in and
out of the pedals. See paragraph B.4 above and Section
4.C.3.
If your bike has suspension, familiarize yourself with how
Brakes: Check the brakes for proper operation (see Section
4.A). Squeeze the brake levers. Are the brake quick-releases
closed? All control cables seated and securely engaged? Do
the brake pads contact the wheel rim squarely and make full
contact with the rim? Do the brake pads touch the wheel rim
within an inch of brake lever movement? Can you apply full
braking force at the levers without having them touch the
handlebar? If not, your brakes need adjustment. Do not ride
the bike until the brakes are properly adjusted.
Quick Releases: If your bike has front wheel, rear wheel or
seat post quick releases, make sure they are properly adjusted
and in the locked position. See Section Appendix B.
Handlebar and saddle alignment: Make sure the saddle
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the suspension responds to brake application and rider weight
shifts. See paragraph B.5 above and Section 4.F.
Check out the handling and response of the bike; and
check the comfort.
If you have any questions, or if you feel anything about the
bike is not as it should be, take the bike back to your dealer
for advice.
which might have been avoided if the rider had worn an
appropriate helmet.
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WARNING: Failure to wear a helmet when riding may result
in serious injury or death.
2. Always do the Mechanical Safety Check (Section 1.C)
before you get on a bike.
3. Be thoroughly familiar with the controls of your bicycle:
brakes (Section 4.A) and pedals (Section 4.C).
4. Be careful to keep body parts and other objects
away from the sharp teeth of chainrings; the moving chain;
the turning pedals and cranks; and the spinning wheels of
your bicycle.
5. Always wear:
• Shoes that will stay on your feet and will grip the pedals.
Never ride barefoot or while wearing sandals.
• Bright, visible clothing that is not so loose that it can be
tangled in the bicycle or snagged by objects at the side of
the road or trail.
• Protective eyewear, to protect against airborne dirt,
dust and bugs — tinted when the sun is bright, clear when
it’s not.
6. Ride at a speed appropriate for conditions. Increased
speed means higher risk.
7. Before you attempt to jump, do stunt riding or race with
your bike, read and understand Section 2.G. Downhill, Stunt or
Competition Biking.
B. Riding Safety
1. Observe all local bicycle laws and regulations. Observe
regulations about licensing of bicycles, riding on sidewalks, laws
regulating bike path and trail use, and so on. Observe helmet
laws and special bicycle traffic laws. It’s your responsibility to
2. Safety
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WARNING: Many states require specific safety devices.
It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the laws of
the state where you ride and to comply with all applicable
laws, including properly equipping yourself and your bike as
the law requires.
An important note to parents: Appendix A of this Manual
contains some rules and lessons which adults are already
expected to know, but which children need to be taught
and to have frequently reinforced. Please take the time
to familiarize yourself with Appendix A as well as with the
information below, and to teach these rules to your child
before you let your child ride unsupervised.
A. The Basics
1. Always wear a cycling helmet which
meets the latest certification standards and
is appropriate for the type of riding you do.
Always follow the helmet man u fac tur er’s
instructions for fit, use and care of your helmet.
Most serious bicycle injuries involve head injuries
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know and obey the laws.
2. You are sharing the road or the path with others —
motorists, pedestrians and other cyclists. Respect their rights.
3. Ride defensively. Always assume that others do not
see you.
4. Look ahead, and be ready to avoid:
• Vehicles slowing or turning, entering the road or your
lane ahead of you, or coming up behind you.
• Parked car doors opening.
• Pedestrians stepping out.
• Children or pets playing near the road.
• Pot holes, sewer grating, railroad tracks, expansion joints,
road or sidewalk construction, debris and other obstructions
that could cause you to swerve into traffic, catch your wheel or
otherwise cause you to lose control and have an accident.
• The many other hazards and distractions which can
occur on a bicycle ride.
5. Ride in designated bike lanes, on designated bike paths
or as close to the edge of the road as possible, in the direction
of traffic flow or as directed by local governing laws.
6. Stop at stop signs and traffic lights; slow down and look
both ways at street intersections. Remember that a bicycle
always loses in a collision with a motor vehicle, so be prepared
to yield even if you have the right of way.
7. Use approved hand signals for turning and stopping.
8. Never ride with headphones. They mask traffic sounds
and emergency vehicle sirens, distract you from concentrating
on what’s going on around you, and their wires can tangle in
the moving parts of the bicycle, causing you to lose control.
9. Never carry a passenger, unless it is a small child wearing
an approved helmet and secured in a correctly mounted child
carrier or a child-carrying trailer.
10. Never carry anything which obstructs your vision or
your complete control of the bicycle, or which could become
entangled in the moving parts of the bicycle.
11. Never hitch a ride by holding on to another vehicle.
12. Don’t weave through traffic or make any moves that
may surprise people with whom you are sharing the road.
13. Observe and yield the right of way.
14. Never ride your bicycle while under the influence of
alcohol or drugs.
15. If possible, avoid riding in bad weather, when visibility
is obscured, at dawn, dusk or in the dark, or when extremely
tired. Each of these conditions increases the risk of accident.
16. Before you attempt to jump, do stunt riding or race with
your bike, read and understand Section 2.G. Downhill, Stunt or
Competition Biking.
C. Off Road Safety
We recommend that children not ride off-road unless
accompanied by an adult. In any event, never ride alone in
remote areas.
Even when riding with others, make sure that someone knows
where you’re going and when you expect to be back. Always
take along some kind of identification, so that people know
who you are in case of an accident; and take a couple of
dollars in cash for a candy bar, a cool drink or an emergency
phone call.
1. The variable conditions and hazards of off-road riding
require close attention and specific skills. Start slowly on easier
terrain and build up your skills. If your bike has suspension, the
increased speed you may develop also increases your risk of
losing control and falling. Get to know how to handle your bike
safely before trying increased speed or more difficult terrain.
2. Wear safety gear appropriate to the kind of riding
you plan.
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3. Don’t ride alone in remote areas. Even when riding with
others, make sure that someone knows where you’re going
and when you expect to be back.
4. Learn and obey the local laws regulating where and
how you can ride off-road, and respect private property.
5. You may be sharing the trail with others — hikers,
equestrians, other cyclists. Respect their rights.
6. Yield right of way to pedestrians and animals. Ride in
a way that does not frighten or endanger them, and stay
far enough away so that their unexpected moves don’t
endanger you.
7. Stay on the designated trail. Don’t contribute to erosion
by riding in mud or with unnecessary sliding. Don’t disturb
the ecosystem by cutting your own trail or shortcut through
vegetation or streams. It is your responsibility to minimize your
impact on the environment. Leave things as you found them;
and always take out everything you brought in.
8. Be prepared. If something goes wrong while you’re riding
off-road, help may not be close.
9. Before you attempt to jump with your bike, do stunt
riding or race with your bike, read and understand Section
2.G. Downhill, Stunt or Competition Biking.
To make sure that you can slow down and stop safely in wet
conditions, ride more slowly and apply your brakes earlier and
more gradually than you would under normal, dry conditions.
See also Section 4.A.
D. Wet Weather Riding
CAUTION: Check reflectors and their mounting brackets
regularly to make sure that they are clean, straight, unbroken
and securely mounted. Have your dealer replace damaged
reflectors and straight en or tighten any that are bent or
loose.
E. Night Riding
Riding a bicycle at night is many times more dangerous
than riding during the day. A bicyclist is very difficult for motorists
and pedestrians to see. Therefore, children should never ride
at dawn, at dusk or at night. Adults should not ride at dawn,
at dusk or at night unless it is absolutely necessary.
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WARNING: Reflectors are not a substitute for required
lights. Riding at dawn, at dusk, at night or at other times of
poor visibility without an adequate bicycle lighting system
and without reflectors is dangerous and may result in serious
injury or death.
Bicycle reflectors are designed to pick up and reflect street
lights and car lights in a way that may help you to be seen
and recognized as a moving bicyclist.
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WARNING: Wet weather impairs traction, braking and
visibility, both for the bicyclist and for other vehicles sharing
the road. The risk of an accident is dramatically increased in
wet conditions.
Under wet conditions, the stopping power of your brakes
(as well as the brakes of other vehicles sharing the road) is
dramatically reduced and your tires don’t grip nearly as well.
This makes it harder to control speed and easier to lose control.
The mounting brackets of front and rear reflectors are
often designed as brake straddle cable safety catches which
prevent the straddle cable from catching on the tire tread if
the cable jumps out of its yoke or breaks.
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F.
Bicycling in Traffic
• Be predictable. Ride so that drivers can see you and
predict your movements.
• Be alert. Ride defensively and expect the unexpected.
• Read Appendix B and learn the rules for riding in traffic
which are illustrated there.
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WARNING: Do not remove the front or rear reflectors or
reflector brackets from your bicycle. They are an integral part
of the bicycle’s safety system.
Removing the reflectors may reduce your visibility to others
using the roadway. Being struck by other vehicles may result
in serious injury or death.
The reflector brackets may protect you from the brake
straddle cable catching on the tire in the event of brake cable
failure. If a brake straddle cable catches on the tire, it can
cause the wheel to stop suddenly, causing you to loose control
and fall.
If you must ride under conditions of poor visibility, check
and be sure you comply with all local laws about night riding,
and take the following strongly recommended additional
precautions:
• Make sure that your bicycle is equipped with correctly
positioned and securely mounted reflectors.
• Purchase and install battery or generator powered
head and tail lights which meet all regulatory requirements
and provide adequate visibility.
• Wear light colored, reflective clothing and accessories,
such as a reflective vest, reflective arm and leg bands,
reflective stripes on your helmet, flashing lights ... any reflective
device or light source that moves will help you get the attention
of approaching motorists, pedestrians and other traffic.
• Make sure your clothing or anything you may be carrying
on the bicycle does not obstruct a reflector or light.
While riding at dawn, at dusk or at night:
• Ride slowly.
• Avoid dark areas and areas of heavy or fast-moving traffic.
• Avoid road hazards.
• If possible, ride on familiar routes.
G. Downhill, Stunt or Competition Biking
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WARNING: Although many catalogs, advertisements and
articles about bicycling depict riders jumping, racing or stunt
riding, this activity is extremely dangerous and increases your
risk of injury or death, and increase the severity of any injury.
Remember that the action depicted is being performed by
professionals with many years of training and experience. Know
your limits and always wear a helmet and other appropriate
safety gear. Even with state-of-the-art protective safety gear,
you could be seriously injured or killed when jumping, stunt
riding, riding downhill at speed or in competition.
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CAUTION: Bicycles and bicycle parts have limitations with
regard to strength and integrity, and this type of riding can
exceed those limitations.
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We recommend against this type of riding because of
the increased risks; but if you ignore this recommendation,
at least:
• Take lessons from a competent instructor first
• Do stunts, racing or fast downhill riding only in areas
designated for this type of riding
• Start with easy learning exercises and slowly develop
your skills before trying more dangerous riding
• Wear a full face helmet, safety pads, and other
safety gear
• Make sure by checking with your dealer that your bike
is suitable for the kind of stunt or competition riding you plan
to do
• Understand and recognize that the stresses imposed on
your bike by this kind of activity may break or damage parts
of the bicycle and void the warranty
• Take your bicycle to your dealer if anything breaks or
bends. Do not ride your bicycle when any part is damaged.
If you ride downhill at speed, do stunt riding or ride in
competition, you voluntarily assume an increased risk of
injury or death. Have your bicycle and equipment carefully
inspected by a qualified mechanic and be sure it is in perfect
condition. Consult with expert riders and race officials on
conditions and equipment advisable at the site where you plan
to ride. Wear appropriate safety gear, including an approved
full face helmet, full finger gloves, and body armor. Know the
limits of your skill and experience. Ultimately, avoiding injury is
your responsibility.
add accessories, you do so at your own risk. The bicycle’s
manufacturer may not have tested that component or
accessory for compatibility, reliability or safety on your
bicycle. Before installing any component or accessory,
including a different size tire, make sure that it is compatible
with your bicycle by checking with your dealer. Be sure to read,
understand and follow the instructions that accompany the
products you purchase for your bicycle.
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Make sure the bike fits. A bike that’s too big or too small is
harder to control and can be uncomfortable.
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WARNING: Failure to confirm compatibility, properly install,
operate and maintain any component or accessory can result
in serious injury or death.
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CAUTION: Changing the components on your bike may
void the warranty. Refer to your warranty, and check with your
dealer before changing the components on your bike.
3. Fit
NOTE: Correct fit is an essential element of bicycling safety,
performance and comfort. Making the adjustments to your
bicycle which result in correct fit for your body and riding
conditions requires experience, skill and special tools. Always
have your dealer make the adjustments on your bicycle; or,
if you have the experience, skill and tools, have your dealer
check your work before riding.
Changing Components or Adding Accessories
There are many components and accessories available
to enhance the comfort, performance and appearance
of your bicycle. However, if you change components or
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WARNING: If your bicycle does not fit properly, you may
lose control and fall. If your new bike doesn’t fit, ask your dealer
to exchange it before you ride it.
B. Saddle position
Correct saddle adjustment is an important factor in getting
the most performance and comfort from your bicycle. If the
saddle position is not comfortable for you, see your dealer,
who has the tools and skill to change it.
The saddle can be adjusted in three directions:
1. Up and down
2. Forward and back
3. Horizontal angle
Ask your dealer to set the saddle
in the position he recommends for you,
and to show you how to make further
adjustments.
Small changes in saddle position can
have a substantial effect on performance
and comfort. Only one directional change
at a time, and only a small change at
a time, should be made to your saddle
position.
Always make sure that your seat post
does not extend from the frame beyond the
Minimum Insertion or Maximum Extension
mark engraved on it.
A. Standover height
Standover height is the basic element of bike fit (see fig. 2).
It is the distance from the ground to the top of the bicycle’s
frame at that point where your
crotch would be if you were
straddling the bike and standing
half way between the saddle
and the handlebars. To check for
correct standover height, straddle
the bike while wearing the kind
of shoes in which you’ll be riding,
and bounce vigorously on your
heels. If your crotch touches the
frame, the bike is too big for you.
Don’t even ride the bike around
the block. A bike which you ride
only on paved sur faces and
never take off-road should give
you a minimum standover height
clearance of two inches (5 cm). A bike that you’ll ride on
unpaved sur faces should give you a minimum of four inches
(7.5 cm) of standover height clearance. And a bike that you’ll
use for rough terrain, jumping or stunt riding should give you
four inches (10 cm) or more of clearance.
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WARNING: If your seat post projects from the frame beyond
the Minimum Insertion or Maximum Extension mark (see fig. 3)
or you cannot touch the bottom of the seat post through the
bottom of the interrupted seat tube with the tip of your finger
without inserting your finger beyond its first knuckle (see fig.
4), the seat post may break, which could cause you to lose
control and fall.
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WARNING: If you plan to use your bike for jumping or stunt
riding, read Section 2.G again.
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NOTE: If your bicycle is equipped with a suspension seat post,
periodically ask your dealer to check it.
be able to change handlebar height by moving height
adjustment spacers from below the stem to above the stem,
or vice versa. Otherwise, you’ll have to get a stem of different
length or rise. Consult your dealer. Do not attempt to do this
yourself, as it requires special knowledge.
If your bike has a “quill” stem, you can ask your dealer to
adjust the handlebar height a bit by adjusting stem height.
A quill stem has an etched or stamped mark on its shaft
which designates the stem’s “Minimum Insertion” or “Maximum
extension”. This mark must not be visible above the headset.
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WARNING: After any saddle adjustment, be sure that
the saddle adjusting mechanism is properly tightened before
riding. A loose saddle clamp or seat post binder can cause
damage to the seat post, or can cause you to lose control
and fall. A correctly tightened saddle adjusting mechanism
will allow no saddle movement in any direction. Periodically
check to make sure that the saddle adjusting mechanism is
properly tightened.
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WARNING: The stem’s Minimum Insertion Mark must not be
visible above the top of the headset. If the stem is extended
beyond the Minimum Insertion Mark the stem may break or
damage the fork’s steerer tube, which could cause you to lose
control and fall.
If, in spite of carefully adjusting the saddle height, tilt and
fore-and-aft position, your saddle is still uncomfortable, you
may need a different saddle design. Saddles, like people,
come in many different shapes, sizes and resilience. Your
dealer can help you select a saddle which, when correctly
adjusted for your body and riding style, will be comfortable.
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WARNING: On some bicycles, changing the stem or
stem height can affect the tension of the front brake cable,
locking the front brake or creating excess cable slack which
can make the front brake inoperable. If the front brake pads
move in towards the wheel rim or out away from the wheel rim
when the stem or stem height is changed, the brakes must be
correctly adjusted before you ride the bicycle.
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WARNING: Some people have claimed that extended
riding with a saddle which is incorrectly adjusted or which
does not support your pelvic area correctly can cause shortterm or long-term injury to nerves and blood vessels, or even
impotence. If your saddle causes you pain, numbness or other
discomfort, see your dealer.
Your dealer can also change the angle of the handlebar
or bar end extensions.
C. Handlebar height and angle
Your bike is equipped either with a “threadless” stem,
which clamps on to the outside of the steerer tube, or with a
“quill” stem, which clamps inside the steerer tube by way of
an expanding binder bolt. If you aren’t absolutely sure which
type of stem your bike has, ask your dealer.
If your bike has a “threadless” stem, your dealer may
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WARNING: An insufficiently tightened stem binder bolt,
handlebar binder bolt or bar end extension clamping bolt may
compromise steering action, which could cause you to lose
control and fall. Place the front wheel of the bicycle between
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your legs and attempt to twist the handlebar/stem assembly.
If you can twist the stem in relation to the front wheel, turn the
handlebars in relation to the stem, or turn the bar end extensions in
relation to the handlebar, the bolts are insufficiently tightened.
D. Control position adjustments
The angle of the controls and their position on the
handlebars can be changed. Ask your dealer to make the
adjustments for you.
something in this section of the Manual, talk to your dealer.
A. Brakes
Your bicycle is equipped either with a coaster brake
(described in paragraph 1 below) or with hand brakes
(described in paragraph 2 below). Be sure that you
understand how your bicycle’s brakes work before you take
your first ride, by reading and understanding paragraph 1 or
2 and paragraph 3 below.
E. Brake reach
Many bikes have brake levers which can be adjusted for
reach. If you have small hands or find it difficult to squeeze
the brake levers, your dealer can either adjust the reach or fit
shorter reach brake levers.
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WARNING:
1. Riding with improperly adjusted brakes or worn brake
pads is dangerous and can result in serious injury or death.
2. Applying brakes too hard or too suddenly can lock
up a wheel, which could cause you to lose control and fall.
Sudden or excessive application of the front brake may pitch
the rider over the handlebars, which may result in serious injury
or death.
3. Some bicycle brakes, such as disc brakes (fig. 6) and
linear-pull brakes (fig. 7), are extremely powerful. Take extra
care in becoming familiar with these brakes and exercise
particular care when using them.
4. Disc brakes can get extremely hot with extended use. Be
careful not to touch a disc brake
until it has had plenty of time to
cool.
5. Please see the brake
manufacturer’s in struc tions for
operation and care of your disk
brake. If you do not have the
manufacturer’s instructions, see
your dealer or contact the brake
manufacturer.
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WARNING: The shorter the brake lever reach, the more
critical it is to have correctly adjusted brakes, so that full
braking power can be applied within available brake lever
travel. Brake lever travel insufficient to apply full braking
power can result in loss of control, which may result in serious
injury or death.
4. Tech
It’s important to your safety, performance and enjoyment
to understand how things work on your bicycle. We urge you
to ask your dealer how to do the things described in this
section before you attempt them yourself, and that you have
your dealer check your work before you ride the bike. If you
have even the slightest doubt as to whether you understand
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1. Coaster Brake
lever controlling the front brake.
NOTE: If your bicycle is equipped
with both front and rear brakes, most
effective braking is achieved by
using both brakes and apply them
simultaneously. (See also par. 3. Braking
technique, below).
a. How the coaster brake works
The coaster brake is a sealed mechanism which is a part
of the bicycle’s rear wheel hub. The brake is activated by
reversing the rotation of the pedal cranks (see fig. 5). Start with
the pedal cranks in a nearly horizontal position, with the front
pedal in about the 4 o’clock position, and apply downward
foot pressure on the pedal that is to the rear. About 1/8 turn
rotation will activate the brake. The more downward pressure
you apply, the more braking force, up to the point where the
rear wheel stops rotating and begins to skid (see paragraph
3. Braking Technique, below).
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WARNING: Sudden or excessive
application of the front brake may pitch
the rider over the handlebars, which
may result in serious injury or death.
!
CAUTION: Before riding, make sure that the brake is
working properly. If it is not working properly, have the bicycle
checked by your dealer before you ride it.
b. Adjusting your coaster brake
Coaster brake service and adjustment requires special
tools and special knowledge. Do not attempt to disassemble
or service your coaster brake. Take the bicycle to your dealer
for coaster brake service.
2. Hand Brakes
a. How hand brakes work
A bicycle with hand brakes may have one hand lever
which operates a rear brake, or two hand levers, one of which
operates on the front wheel and the other on the rear wheel. If
your bicycle has two hand brakes, it’s important to your safety
that you instinctively know which brake lever controls which
brake on your bike. In the U.S., bikes are required to be set up
with the right brake lever controlling the rear brake, and the left
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The braking action of bicycle
hand brakes is a function of the friction
between the brake shoes and the wheel
rim or brake disc. To make sure that you
have maximum friction available, keep
your wheel rims, brake shoes and brake
discs clean and free of lubricants, waxes
or polishes.
Make sure that your hands
can reach and squeeze the brake
levers com fort ably. If your hands
are too small to operate the levers
com fort ably, consult your dealer
before riding the bike. The lever reach
may be adjustable; or you may need
a different brake lever design.
Some hand brakes have a quick
release mechanism (figs. 7-10) to allow
the brake shoes to clear the tire when
a wheel is re moved or re in stalled.
When the brake quick release is in the
released position, the brakes are inoperative. Ask your dealer
whether you have a quick release on your brakes; and if you
do, make sure that you understand the way the brake quick
release works, and check each time to make sure both brakes
work correctly before you get on the bike.
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CAUTION: Some bi cy cles are
equipped with a device called
a Brake Rotor, which allows the
steering mechanism to turn a full 360
degrees. Adjusting brakes equipped
with a Brake Rotor requires special
knowledge and skill. Do not attempt
to adjust the front brake of a bicycle
equipped with a Brake Rotor. Take the
bicycle to a dealer for service and adjustment of the brakes.
A rotor may also decrease the clearance between the front
wheel and the pedals when the wheel is turned backwards.
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WARNING: Some bicycle brakes, such as linear-pull (fig. 7)
and disc (fig. 6) brakes, are extremely powerful. You should take
extra care in becoming familiar with
these brakes and exercise particular
care when using them. Applying these
brakes too hard or too suddenly can
lock up a wheel, which could cause
you to lose control and fall.
3. Braking technique
Brakes are designed to control your speed, not just to
stop the bike. Maximum braking force for a wheel occurs at
the point just before the wheel “locks up” (stops rotating) and
starts to skid. Once the tire skids, you actually lose most of your
stopping force and all directional control. You need to practice
slowing and stopping smoothly without locking up a wheel.
The technique is called progressive brake modulation. Instead
of slamming on the coaster brake or jerking the brake lever
to the position where you think you’ll generate appropriate
braking force, apply progressive force on the pedal or squeeze
the lever, progressively increasing the braking force. If you
feel the wheel begin to lock up, release pressure just a little
to keep the wheel rotating just short of lockup. It’s important
to develop a feel for the amount of brake pressure required
for a wheel at different speeds and on different surfaces. To
better understand this, experiment a little by riding your bike
slowly in an unrestricted area and applying different amounts
of pressure to the brake, until the wheel locks.
b. Adjusting your hand brakes
If either brake lever on your bike
fails the Mechanical Safety Check
(Section 1.C.) you may be able to
restore brake lever travel by turning
the brake cable adjusting barrel (fig.
11) counterclockwise; then lock the
adjustment in by turning the barrel’s
lock nut clockwise as far as it will go.
If the lever still fails the Mechanical
Safety Check, have your dealer check
the brakes.
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When you apply the brake(s), the bike begins to slow,
but your body wants to continue at the speed at which it
was going. This causes a transfer of weight to the front wheel
(or, under heavy braking with hand brakes, around the front
wheel hub, which could send you flying over the handlebars).
A wheel with more weight on it will accept greater brake
pressure before lockup; a wheel with less weight will lock up
with less brake pressure. So, as you apply brakes and your
weight shifts forward, you need to shift your body toward
the rear of the bike, to transfer weight back on to the rear
wheel. With hand brakes, you can further improve brake
performance by simultaneously decreasing rear braking
and increasing front braking force. Shifting weight to the rear
wheel is even more important on steep descents, because
descents shift weight forward.
The keys to effective speed control and safe stopping are
controlling wheel lockup and weight transfer. Practice braking
and weight transfer techniques where there is no traffic or other
hazards and distractions.
Everything changes when you ride on loose surfaces or
in wet weather. Tire adhesion is reduced, so the wheels have
less cornering and braking traction and can lock up with less
brake force. Moisture or dirt on the brake shoes of hand brakes
reduces their ability to grip. The way to maintain control on
loose or wet surfaces is to go more slowly to begin with.
B.
retention devices are not a substitute
for correct wheel clamping.
Secondary retention devices fall
into three basic categories (see figs.
12a, b & c):
a. The clip-on type is a part
which the man u fac turer adds to
the front wheel hub or front fork
(fig. 12a).
b. The integral type is molded,
cast or ma chined into the outer
faces of the front fork dropouts
(fig. 12b).
c. The washer type is a hatshaped washer which fits into a
match ing hole in the front fork
dropout (fig. 12c).
Ask your dealer to explain the particular secondary
retention device on your bike.
!
WARNING: Removing or disabling the secondary retention
device is extremely dangerous and may lead to serious injury
or death. It also may void the warranty.
NOTE: Some bicycles are equipped with a lever action
quick release wheel retention mechanism. If your bicycle
has quick release wheels, see Appendix C for information
on how they work.
Wheels
2. Removing a Bolt-On Front Wheel
a. If your bicycle has a front wheel hand brake with
quick release, open up the brake shoes (see Section
4.A.2.a. above).
b. With a correctly sized socket, box, open-end or
1. Front Wheel Secondary Retention Devices
Most bicycles have front forks which utilize a secondary
wheel retention device to keep the wheel from disengaging
if its clamping mechanism is incorrectly adjusted. Secondary
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adjustable wrench, loosen the two axle nuts.
c. If your front fork has a clip-on type secondary retention
device, disengage it and go to step (4). If your front fork has
an integral or a washer type secondary
re ten tion device, loosen the axle nuts
enough to allow removal of the wheel;
then go to step (4).
d. Raise the front wheel a few
inches off the ground and tap the top of
the wheel with the palm of your hand to
knock the wheel out of the fork ends.
3. Installing a Bolt-On Front Wheel
a. With the steering fork facing forward, insert the wheel
between the fork blades so that the axle seats firmly at the
top of the slots which are at the tips of the fork blades. The
axle nut washers should be on the outside, between the fork
blade and the axle nut. If your bike has a clip-on or washer
type secondary retention device, engage it.
b. While pushing the wheel firmly to the top of the slots
in the fork dropouts, and at the same time centering the
wheel rim in the fork, use a correctly sized socket, box, open
end or adjustable wrench to tighten the axle nuts as tight
as you can.
c. If your bicycle has a front wheel hand brake with quick
release, close the brake shoes; then spin the wheel to make
sure that it is centered in the frame and clears the brake
shoes, and squeeze the brake lever to make sure the brake is
functioning correctly.
14) loosen the nuts on the adjusters
by turning both counterclockwise
with a correctly sized open end
or adjustable wrench an equal
number of turns. This allows you to
move the wheel as required by step
(4) below.
c. With a correctly sized
socket, box, open end or adjustable
wrench, loosen the two axle nuts.
d. Push the wheel forward to slacken the chain, and
remove the chain from the chainring and wheel sprocket.
e. Pull the wheel out of the frame.
5. Installing a Bolt-On Rear Wheel with Hand Brake
a. Put the chain on to the wheel sprocket. Then, insert the
wheel into the frame dropouts and push it all the way in to
the dropouts. The axle nut washers should be on the outside,
between the frame and the axle nut.
b. Put the chain on to the chainring.
c. If your wheel has chain tension adjusters (fig. 14), position
the chain tension adjusters in the dropouts and, using a wrench
to turn the adjuster nuts clockwise, pull the wheel back in the
dropouts so that it is straight in the frame and the chain has
about 1/4 inches of up-and-down play. Replace chain adjuster
end caps if provided.
d. Tighten the axle nuts as tightly as you can, using a
correctly sized socket, box, open end or adjustable wrench.
e. Close the brake; then spin the wheel to make sure
that it is centered in the frame and clears the brake shoes,
and squeeze the brake lever to make sure the brake is
functioning correctly.
4. Removing a Bolt-On Rear Wheel with Hand Brake
a. Open the rear brake shoes (see Section 4.A.2.a. above).
b. If the wheel is equipped with chain tension adjusters (fig.
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6. Removing a Bolt-On Rear Wheel with Coaster Brake
a. Disengage the coaster
brake arm from its frame bracket
(see fig. 15).
b. With a correctly sized socket,
box, open end or ad just able
wrench, loosen the two axle nuts.
c. Push the wheel forward to
slacken the chain, and remove the
chain from the chainring and wheel sprocket.
d. Pull the wheel out of the frame.
bicycles, and is avoided by keeping the inside pedal up and
the outside pedal down when turning.
!
WARNING: Toe Overlap could cause you to lose control
and fall. If you have toe overlap, exercise extra care when
turning. A brake rotor (see Section 4.A.2.b) may also decrease
the clearance between the front wheel and the pedal when
the wheel is turned backwards.
2. Some higher performance bicycles come equipped
with pedals that have abrasive and potentially dangerous
surfaces. These surfaces are designed to add safety by
increasing adhesion between the rider’s shoe and the pedal. If
your bicycle has this type of high-performance pedal, you must
take extra care to avoid serious injury from the pedals’ sharp
surfaces. Based on your riding style or skill level, you may prefer
a less aggressive pedal design. Your dealer can show you a
number of options and make suitable recommendations.
7. Installing a Bolt-On Rear Wheel with Coaster Brake
a. Put the chain on to the wheel sprocket. Then, insert
the wheel into the frame dropouts and push it all the way in to
the dropouts. The axle nut washers should be on the outside,
between the frame and the axle nut.
b. Put the chain on to the chainring.
c. Pull the wheel back in the dropouts so that it is straight
in the frame and the chain has about 1/4 inches of up-anddown play.
d. Secure the coaster brake arm to its frame bracket (see
fig. 15), but do not fully tighten the securing nut and bolt.
e. Tighten the axle nuts as tightly as you can, using a
correctly sized socket, box, open end or adjustable wrench.
Spin the wheel to make sure it is straight in the frame.
f. Fully tighten the coaster brake arm securing nut and bolt
and check to make sure the brake is functioning correctly.
3. Clipless pedals (sometimes called “step-in pedals”)
are another means to keep feet securely in the correct
position for maximum pedaling efficiency. They look like ski
bindings ... a plate on the sole of the shoe clicks into a springloaded fixture on the pedal ... but unlike ski bindings, they only
engage or disengage with a very specific motion which must
be practiced to become instinctive. Clipless pedals require
shoes and cleats which are compatible with the make and
model pedal being used.
Many clipless pedals are designed to allow the rider to
adjust the amount of force needed to engage or disengage
the foot. Follow the pedal manufacturer’s instructions, or
ask your dealer to show you how to make this adjustment.
Use the easiest setting until engaging and disengaging
C. Pedals
1. Toe Overlap is when your toe can touch the front
wheel when you turn the handlebars to steer while a pedal is
in the forwardmost position. This is common on small-framed
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which may cause you to lose control and fall.
becomes a reflex action, but always make sure that there
is sufficient tension to prevent un in tend ed release of your
foot from the pedal.
If your bike has suspension, the increased speed you may
develop also increases your risk of injury. For example, when
braking, the front of a suspended bike dips. You could lose
control and fall if you do not have experience with this system.
Learn to handle your suspension system safely.
See also Section 4.A.
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WARNING: Clipless pedals are intended for use with shoes
specifically made to fit them and are designed to firmly keep
the foot engaged with the pedal. Using shoes which do not
engage the pedals correctly is dangerous.
Practice is required to learn to engage and disengage the
foot safely. Until engaging and disengaging the foot becomes
a reflex action, the technique requires concentration which
can distract the rider’s attention, causing the rider to lose
control and fall. Practice engaging and disengaging clipless
pedals in a place where there are no obstacles, hazards or
traffic; and be sure to follow the pedal manufacturer’s setup
and service instructions. If you do not have the manufacturer’s
instructions, see your dealer or contact the manufacturer.
Never do stunt riding with clipless pedals. If you lose
control, your foot could remain engaged in the pedal, resulting
in serious injury.
!
WARNING: Changing suspension adjustment can change
the handling and braking characteristics of your bicycle. Never
change suspension adjustment unless you are thoroughly
familiar with the suspension system manufacturer’s instructions
and recommendations, and always check for changes in the
handling and braking characteristics of the bicycle after a
suspension adjustment by taking a careful test ride in a hazardfree area.
Suspension can increase control and comfort by allowing
the wheels to better follow the terrain. This enhanced capability
may allow you to ride faster; but you must not confuse the
enhanced capabilities of the bicycle with your own capabilities
as a rider. Increasing your skill will take time and practice.
Proceed carefully until you have learned to handle the full
capabilities of your bike.
D. Bicycle Suspension
Many bicycles are equipped with suspension systems.
There are many different types of suspension systems — too
many to deal with individually in this Manual. If your bicycle
has a suspension system of any kind, be sure to read and follow
the suspension manufacturer’s setup and service instructions.
If you do not have the manufacturer’s instructions, see your
dealer or contact the manufacturer.
!
CAUTION: Not all bicycles can be safely retrofitted with
some types of suspension systems. Before retrofitting a bicycle
with any suspension, check with the bicycle’s manufacturer
to make sure that what you want to do is compatible with the
bicycle’s design.
!
WARNING: Failure to maintain, check and properly adjust
the suspension system may result in suspension malfunction,
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E. Tires and Tubes
1. Tires
Bi cy cle tires are available in many de signs and
specifications, ranging from general-purpose designs to tires
designed to perform best under very specific weather or
terrain conditions. If, once you’ve gained experience with
your new bike, you feel that a different tire might better suit
your riding needs, your dealer can help you select the most
appropriate design.
The size, pressure rating, and on some high-per formance
tires the specific recommended use, are marked on the
sidewall of the tire (see fig. 16). The part of this information
which is most important to you is Tire Pressure.
Tire pressure is given either as maximum pressure or as a
pressure range. How a tire performs under different terrain or
weather conditions depends largely on tire pressure. Inflating
the tire to near its maximum recommended pressure gives the
lowest rolling resistance; but also produces the harshest ride.
High pressures work best on smooth, dry pavement.
Very low pressures, at the bottom of the recommended
pressure range, give the best performance on smooth, slick
terrain such as hard-packed clay, and on deep, loose surfaces
such as deep, dry sand.
Tire pressure that is too low for your weight and the riding
conditions can cause a puncture of the tube by allowing the
tire to deform sufficiently to pinch the inner tube between the
rim and the riding surface, or damage the wheel rim, making
the wheel unsafe.
!
WARNING: Never inflate a tire beyond the maximum
pressure marked on the tire’s sidewall. Exceeding the
recommended maximum pressure may blow the tire off the
rim, which could cause damage to the bike and injury to the
rider and bystanders.
!
CAUTION: Pencil type automotive tire gauges can be
inaccurate and should not be relied upon for consistent,
accurate pressure readings. Instead, use a high quality
dial gauge.
The best and safest way to inflate
a bicycle tire to the correct pressure
is with a bicycle pump which has a
built-in pressure gauge.
Ask your dealer to recommend the best tire pressure for
the kind of riding you will most often do, and have the dealer
inflate your tires to that pressure. Then, check inflation as
described in Section 1.C so you’ll know how correctly inflated
tires should look and feel. Some tires may need to be brought
up to pressure every week or two.
Some special high-performance tires have unidirectional
treads: their tread pattern is de signed to work better in
one direction than in the other. The sidewall marking of a
unidirectional tire will have an arrow showing the correct
rotation direction. If your bike has unidirectional tires, be sure
that they are mounted to rotate in the correct direction.
!
WARNING: There is a safety risk
in using gas station air hoses or other
air compressors. They are not made
for bicycle tires. They move a large
volume of air very rapidly, and will
raise the pressure in your tire very
rapidly, which could cause the tube
to explode.
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5. Service
! WARNING: Technological advances have made bicycles
2. Tire Valves
There are primarily two kinds of bicycle
tube valves: The Schraeder Valve and the
Presta Valve. The bicycle pump you use
must have the fitting appropriate to the
valve stems on your bicycle.
The Schraeder valve (fig. 17) is like the
valve on a car tire. To inflate a Schraeder
valve tube, remove the valve cap and
clamp the pump head onto the end of
the valve stem. To let air out of a Schraeder
valve, depress the pin in the end of the
valve stem with the end of a key or other
appropriate object.
The Presta valve (fig. 18) has a narrower
diameter and is only found on bicycle tires.
To inflate a Presta valve tube using a Presta
headed bicycle pump, remove the valve
cap; unscrew (counterclockwise) the valve stem lock nut;
and push down on the valve stem to free it up. Then push
the pump head on to the valve head, and inflate. To inflate a
Presta valve with a Schraeder pump fitting, you need a Presta
adapter (available at your bike shop) which screws on to the
valve stem once you’ve freed up the valve. The adapter fits
into the Schraeder pump fitting. Close the valve after inflation.
To let air out of a Presta valve, open up the valve stem lock
nut and depress the valve stem.
and bicycle components more complex, and the pace of
innovation is increasing. It is impossible for this manual to
provide all the information required to properly repair and/or
maintain your bicycle. In order to help minimize the chances
of an accident and possible injury, it is critical that you have
any repair or maintenance which is not specifically described
in this manual performed by your dealer. Equally important
is that your individual maintenance requirements will be
determined by everything from your riding style to geographic
location. Consult your dealer for help in determining your
maintenance requirements.
!
WARNING: Many bicycle service and repair tasks require
special knowledge and tools. Do not begin any adjustments
or service on your bicycle until you have learned from your
dealer how to properly complete them. Improper adjustment or
service may result in damage to the bicycle or in an accident
which can cause serious injury or death.
If you want to learn to do major service and repair work
on your bike, you have three options:
1. Ask your dealer for copies of the manufacturer’s
installation and service instructions for the components on
your bike, or contact the component manufacturer.
2. Ask your dealer to recommend a book on bicycle repair.
3. Ask your dealer about the availability of bicycle repair
courses in your area.
Regardless of which option you select, we recommend
that you ask your dealer to check the quality of your work the
!
WARNING: Patching a tube is an emergency repair. If you
do not apply the patch correctly or apply several patches, the
tube can fail, resulting in possible tube failure, which could
cause you to loose control and fall. Replace a patched tube
as soon as possible.
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first time you work on something and before you ride the bike,
just to make sure that you did everything correctly. Since that
will require the time of a mechanic, there may be a modest
charge for this service.
recommended lubrication frequency for your area.
4. After every long or hard ride or after every 10 to 20
hours of riding:
• Squeeze the front brake (if you have one) and rock the
bike forward and back. Everything feel solid? If you feel a clunk
with each forward or backward movement of the bike, you
probably have a loose headset. Have your dealer check it.
• Lift the front wheel off the ground and swing it from side
to side. Feel smooth? If you feel any binding or roughness in
the steering, you may have a tight headset. Have your dealer
check it.
• Grab one pedal and rock it toward and away from the
centerline of the bike; then do the same with the other pedal.
Anything feel loose? If so, have your dealer check it.
• Take a look at the brake pads. Starting to look worn or
not hitting the wheel rim squarely? Time to have the dealer
adjust or replace them.
• Carefully check the control cables and cable
housings. Any rust? Kinks? Fraying? If so, have your dealer
replace them.
• Squeeze each adjoining pair of spokes on either side of
each wheel between your thumb and index finger. Do they
all feel about the same? If any feel loose, have your dealer
check the wheel for tension and trueness.
• Check the frame, particularly in the area around all
tube joints; the handlebars; the stem; and the seatpost for
any deep scratches, cracks or discoloration. These are signs
of stress-caused fatigue and indicate that a part is at the end
of its useful life and needs to be replaced.
• Check to make sure that all parts and accessories are
still secure, and tighten any which are not.
A. Service Intervals
Some service and maintenance can and should be
per formed by the owner, and requires no special tools or
knowledge beyond what is presented in this manual.
The following are examples of the type of service you
should perform yourself. All other service, maintenance and
repair should be performed in a properly equipped facility
by a qualified bicycle mechanic using the correct tools and
procedures specified by the manufacturer.
1. Break-in Period: Your bike will last longer and work
better if you break it in before riding it hard. Control cables
and wheel spokes may stretch or “seat” when a new bike is
first used and may require readjustment by your dealer. Your
Mechanical Safety Check (Section 1.C) will help you identify
some things that need readjustment. But even if everything
seems fine to you, it’s best to take your bike back to the dealer
for a checkup. Dealers typically suggest you bring the bike in
for a 30 day checkup. Another way to judge when it’s time
for the first checkup is to bring the bike in after three to five
hours of hard off-road use, or about 10 to 15 hours of on-road
or more casual off-road use. But if you think something is wrong
with the bike, take it to your dealer before riding it again.
2. Before every ride: Mechanical Safety Check
(Section 1.C)
3. After every long or hard ride if the bike has been exposed
to water or grit, or at least every 100 miles: Clean the bike and
lightly oil the chain. Wipe off excess oil. Lubrication is a function
of climate. Talk to your dealer about the best lubricants and the
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!
!
WARNING: Like any mechanical device, a bicycle and its
components are subject to wear and stress. Different materials
and mechanisms wear or fatigue from stress at different rates
and have different life cycles. If a component’s life cycle is
exceeded, the component can suddenly and catastrophically
fail, causing serious injury or death to the rider. Scratches,
cracks, fraying and discoloration are signs of stress-caused
fatigue and indicate that a part is at the end of its useful life and
needs to be replaced. While the materials and workmanship of
your bicycle or of individual components may be covered by
a warranty for a specified period of time by the manufacturer,
this is no guarantee that the product will last the term of the
warranty. Product life is often related to the kind of riding you
do and to the treatment to which you subject the bicycle. The
bicycle’s warranty is not meant to suggest that the bicycle
cannot be broken or will last forever. It only means that the
bicycle is covered subject to the terms of the warranty.
WARNING: A crash or other impact can put extraordinary
stress on bicycle components, causing them to fatigue
prematurely. Components suffering from stress fatigue can
fail suddenly and catastrophically, causing loss of control,
serious injury or death.
5. As required: If either brake lever fails the Mechanical
Safety Check (Section 1.C), don’t ride the bike. Have your
dealer check the brakes.
6. Every 25 (hard off-road) to 50 (on-road) hours of riding:
Take your bike to your dealer for a complete checkup.
B. If your bicycle sustains an impact:
First, check yourself for injuries, and take care of them as
best you can. Seek medical help if necessary.
Next, check your bike for damage, and fix what you can
so you can get home. Then, take your bicycle to your dealer
for a thorough check.
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Appendix A
your car in front of the driveway, if local ordinance permits. This
way, your child can’t use the driveway as a launching pad.
But the most important thing you can do is teach your child
about driveway safety. Take your child outside to the driveway
and have him/her practice the following steps:
1) Stop before entering the street.
2) Look left, right and left again for traffic.
3) If there’s no traffic, proceed into the roadway.
Teaching your Child the Rules
In addition to The Basics (page 6), Riding Safely (page 7),
Off Road Safety (page 8), Wet Weather Riding (page 9), Night
Riding (page 9), Bicycling in Traffic (page 10 and Appendix
B) and Downhill, Stunt and Competition Biking (page 10), kids
need to be taught ... and to have frequently reinforced ... the
following rules and lessons which adults are already expected
to know. We urge you to take the time to familiarize yourself
with these rules and to teach them to your child before you
let your child ride unsupervised.
b. Running the Stop Sign
Car/bike crashes can happen when a cyclist runs a stop
sign. Most cyclists who get hit riding through stop signs know
that they were supposed to stop. They just thought it would be
OK this time; or they may have been distracted. The thing to
impress upon your child is that while he/she may not get hit every
time, running stop signs will eventually result in an accident.
What can you do? Take your child to a stop sign near home.
Explain what it means by emphasizing the following points:
1) Stop at all stop signs, regardless of what is happening.
2) Look in all directions for traffic.
3) Watch for oncoming cars making left turns.
4) Watch for cars behind you making right turns.
5) Wait for any cross traffic to clear.
6) Proceed when safe.
In order to make this lesson stick, you may have to change
your own driving habits. If you creep through intersections
controlled by stop signs, you are showing your child that you
don’t really believe what you preach. For your child’s sake,
stop at stop signs.
1. Rules
• No playing in the road or in the street.
• No riding on busy streets.
• No riding at dawn, dusk or at night.
• Stop for all STOP signs.
• Ride on the right of traffic.
2. Lessons
The lessons that follow relate to some of the most common
real situations that children encounter when riding their bikes.
Go over these situations with your child and make sure the
lesson objective is accomplished.
a. Driveway Rideout
When a youngster rides out of the driveway and is struck
by a car, that is called a rideout accident.
What can you do? First, realize the danger of your own
driveway. If there are obstructions to the view of passing
motorists (like bushes or trees), trim them back. You might park
c. Turning Without Warning
Another major accident type involves cyclists who make
unexpected left turns. They neither look behind for traffic, nor
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e. Following the Leader
There is increased risk of car/bike collision if children are
following each other, because if the first one does something
dangerous, those following may do it too.
What can you do? Teach your child to always assess the
traffic situation for him/herself. When a group is riding around,
each cyclist should stop for stop signs; each cyclist should look
to the rear before making left turns; and so on. One way to
get the message across is to play a game with the child similar
to ‘Simon Says’. In this game, however, the emphasis should
not be on doing what ‘Simon Says’, but rather have the child
make a decision based on the situation. The child should learn
to ignore what ‘Simon Says’. Children need to learn to think
for themselves to ride safely.
do they signal. The key factor here is neglecting to look to the
rear. If the cyclist had looked, he/she would have seen the
danger coming up from behind.
What can you do? Of course, you ought to teach your child
not to ride across busy streets - at least until the child has had
some advanced training and is old enough to understand
traffic. But in the meantime, for residential street riding, you
can teach your child to always look and signal before turning
left. A big part of this lesson is teaching the child how to look
to the rear without swerving.
Take your child to a playground or a safe area away from
traffic or obstructions to practice riding along a straight line
while looking behind. Stand alongside and hold up a different
number of fingers on your hand after the child rides by. Call
his/her name. After 15 minutes of practice, a ten year old
should be able to look behind his/herself and identify how
many fingers you are holding up - without swerving.
SUMMARY
Teach your child early - the earlier the better. Learning skills
such as looking and avoiding hazards takes time. Be prepared
to repeat lessons until your child understands what you’re
trying to get across. Be patient. Your efforts will be rewarded,
knowing that your child is aware of safe riding skills.
d. Riding at Dawn, at Dusk or at Night
(See also Section 4.F, page 19).
Most car/bicycle accidents happen at night where an
overtaking car hits a bike. (An overtaking car is one that
comes up from behind and passes the cyclist on the left.)
These overtaking accidents can be very serious.
What can you do? First, you should keep your youngster
from riding at dawn, dusk or at night. It requires special skills
and equipment. Few children have either. Secondly, make
sure your child understands that if he/she gets caught out at
dusk or after dark on a bike, the thing to do is to call you for a
ride home. One suggestion is to tape a phone number and
money to the bike so that, in an emergency, the child will be
able to call home.
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Appendix B
Bicycling in Traffic
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Appendix C
it properly, and how much force you need to apply to secure
the wheel.
Wheel and Seat Post Quick Release Mechanisms
!
WARNING: The full force of the cam action is needed to
clamp the wheel securely. Holding the nut with one hand
and turning the lever like a wing nut with the other hand until
everything is as tight as you can get it will not clamp the wheel
safely in the dropouts.
A. Quick Release Wheels
1.
How a Wheel Quick Release Works
a. Adjusting the quick release mechanism
The wheel hub is clamped in place by the force of the
quick release cam pushing against one dropout and pulling
the tension adjusting nut, by way of the skewer, against the
other dropout. The amount of clamping force is controlled
by the tension adjusting nut. Turning the tension adjusting nut
clockwise while keeping the cam lever from rotating increases
clamping force; turning it counterclockwise while keeping the
cam lever from rotating reduces clamping force. Less than half
a turn of the tension adjusting nut can make the difference
between safe clamping force and unsafe clamping force.
!
WARNING: Riding with an improperly adjusted wheel quick
release can allow the wheel to wobble or disengage from the
bicycle, causing serious injury or death to the rider. Therefore,
it is essential that you:
1. Ask your dealer to help you make sure you know how
to install and remove your wheels safely.
2. Understand and apply the correct technique for
clamping your wheel in place with a quick release.
3. Each time, before you ride the bike, check that the
wheel is securely clamped.
b. Front Wheel Secondary Retention Devices
Most bicycles have front forks which utilize a secondary
wheel retention device to keep the wheel from disengaging if its
clamping mechanism is incorrectly adjusted. Secondary retention
devices are not a substitute for correct wheel clamping.
Secondary retention devices fall into three basic categories
(see Section 4.B figs. 12a, b &c):
(1) The clip-on type is a part which the manufacturer adds
to the front wheel hub or front fork (fig. 12a).
(2) The integral type is molded, cast or machined into the
outer faces of the front fork dropouts (fig. 12b).
(3) The washer type is a hat-shaped washer which fits into
The wheel quick release uses a cam action to clamp the
bike’s wheel in place (see fig. 19). Because of its adjustable
nature, it is critical that you understand how it works, how to use
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a matching hole in the front fork dropout (fig. 12c).
Ask your dealer to explain the particular secondary
retention device on your bike.
!
CAUTION: If your bike is equipped with disk brakes, be
careful not to damage the disk, caliper or brake pads when
re-inserting the disk into the caliper. Never activate a disk
brake’s control lever unless the disk is correctly inserted in the
caliper. See also Section 4.A.
!
WARNING: Removing or disabling the secondary retention
device is extremely dangerous and may lead to serious injury
or death. It also may void the warranty.
(1) Move the quick-release lever so that it curves away
from the wheel (fig. 20b). This is the OPEN position.
(2) With the steering fork facing forward, insert the wheel
between the fork blades so that the axle seats firmly at the top
of the slots which are at the tips of the fork blades — the fork
dropouts. The quick-release lever should be on the left side
of the bicycle (fig. 20a & b). If your bike has a clip-on type
secondary retention device, engage it.
(3) Holding the quick-release lever in the OPEN position with
your right hand, tighten the tension adjusting nut with your left
hand until it is finger tight against the fork dropout (fig. 19).
(4) While pushing the wheel firmly to the top of the slots in
the fork dropouts, and at the same time centering the wheel
rim in the fork, move the quick-release lever upwards and swing
it into the CLOSED position (fig. 19 & 20a). The lever should now
be parallel to the fork blade and curved toward the wheel.
To apply enough clamping force, you should have to wrap
your fingers around the fork blade for leverage, and the lever
should leave a clear imprint in the palm of your hand.
2. Removing and Installing Quick Release Wheels
a. Removing a Quick Release Front Wheel
(1) If your bike has rim brakes, disengage the brake’s quickrelease mechanism to open the clearance between the wheel
rim and the brake pads (See Section 4.A
figs. 7 through 10).
(2) Move the wheel’s quick-release
lever from the locked or CLOSED position
to the OPEN position (figs. 20a & b).
(3) If your front fork does no have a
secondary retention device go to step (5).
(4) If your front fork has a clip-on type
secondary retention device, disengage it
and go to step (5). If your front fork has
an integral secondary retention device,
loosen the tension adjusting nut enough
to allow removing the wheel; then go to
the next step.
(5) Raise the front wheel a few inches
off the ground and tap the top of the
wheel with the palm of your hand to knock
the wheel out of the fork.
b. Installing a Quick Release Front Wheel
!
WARNING: Securely clamping the wheel takes considerable
force. If you can fully close the quick release without wrapping
your fingers around the fork blade for leverage, and the lever
does not leave a clear imprint in the palm of your hand, the
tension is insufficient. Open the lever; turn the tension adjusting
nut clockwise a quarter turn; then try again.
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the disk into the caliper. Never activate a disk brake’s control
lever unless the disk is correctly inserted in the caliper.
(5) If the lever cannot be pushed all the way to a position
parallel to the fork blade, return the lever to the OPEN position.
Then turn the tension adjusting nut counterclockwise onequarter turn and try tightening the lever again.
(6) Re-engage the brake quick-release mechanism to
restore correct brake pad-to-rim clearance; spin the wheel
to make sure that it is centered in the frame and clears the
brake pads; then squeeze the brake lever and make sure that
the brakes are operating correctly.
(1) Shift the rear derailleur to its outermost position
(2) Pull the derailleur body back with your right hand.
(3) Move the quick-release lever to the OPEN position (see
fig. 20a & b). The lever should be on the side of the wheel
opposite the derailleur and freewheel sprockets.
(4) Put the chain on top of the smallest freewheel sprocket.
Then, insert the wheel into the frame dropouts and pull it all
the way in to the dropouts.
(5) Tighten the quick-release adjusting nut until it is finger
tight against the frame dropout; then swing the lever toward
the front of the bike until it is parallel to the frame’s chainstay
or seatstay and is curved toward the wheel (fig. 20b). To apply
enough clamping force, you should have to wrap your fingers
around a frame tube for leverage, and the lever should leave
a clear imprint in the palm of your hand.
!
WARNING: Secondary retention devices are not a
substitute for correct quick release adjustment. Failure to
properly adjust the quick release mechanism can cause the
wheel to wobble or disengage, which could cause you to loose
control and fall, resulting in serious injury or death.
c. Removing a Quick Release Rear Wheel
(1) Shift the rear derailleur to high gear (the smallest,
outermost rear sprocket).
(2) If your bike has rim brakes, disengage the brake’s quickrelease mechanism to open the clearance between the wheel
rim and the brake pads (see Section 4.A, figs. 7 through 10).
(3) Pull the derailleur body back with your right hand.
(4) Move the quick-release lever to the OPEN position
(fig. 20b).
(5) Lift the rear wheel off the ground a few inches and,
with the derailleur still pulled back, push the wheel forward
and down until it comes out of the rear dropouts.
!
WARNING: Securely clamping the wheel takes considerable
force. If you can fully close the quick release without wrapping
your fingers around the seatstay or chainstay for leverage, and
the lever does not leave a clear imprint in the palm of your
hand, the tension is insufficient. Open the lever; turn the tension
adjusting nut clockwise a quarter turn; then try again
(6) If the lever cannot be pushed all the way to a position
parallel to the chainstay or seatstay tube, return the lever to the
OPEN position. Then turn the adjusting nut counterclockwise
one-quarter turn and try tightening again.
(7) Push the rear derailleur back into position.
(8) Re-engage the brake quick-release mechanism to
restore correct brake pad-to-rim clearance; spin the wheel
d. Installing a Quick Release Rear Wheel
NOTE: If your bike is equipped with disk brakes, be careful not
to damage the disk, caliper or brake pads when re-inserting
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to make sure that it is centered in the frame and clears the
brake pads; then squeeze the brake lever and make sure that
the brakes are operating correctly.
!
WARNING: The full force of the cam action is needed to
clamp the seatpost securely. Holding the nut with one hand
and turning the lever like a wing nut with the other hand until
everything is as tight as you can get it will not clamp the
seatpost safely.
B. Seatpost Quick Release
Some bikes are equipped with a quick-release seat post
binder. The seatpost quick-release binder works exactly like the
wheel quick-release (Appendix B. A. 1.) While a quick release
looks like a long bolt with a lever on one end and a nut on the
other, the quick release uses a cam action to firmly clamp the
seat post (see fig. 19).
!
WARNING: If you can fully close the quick release without
wrapping your fingers around a frame tube for leverage, and
the lever does not leave a clear imprint in the palm of your
hand, the tension is insufficient. Open the lever; turn the tension
adjusting nut clockwise a quarter turn; then try again.
!
WARNING: Riding with an improperly tightened seat post
can allow the saddle to turn or move and cause you to lose
control and fall. Therefore:
1. Ask your dealer to help you make sure you know how to
correctly clamp your seat post.
2. Understand and apply the correct technique for clamping
your seat post quick release.
3. Before you ride the bike, first check that the seatpost is
securely clamped.
1. Adjusting the seatpost quick release mechanism
The action of the quick release cam squeezes the seat
collar around the seat post to hold the seat post securely
in place. The amount of clamping force is controlled by
the tension adjusting nut. Turning the tension adjusting nut
clockwise while keeping the cam lever from rotating increases
clamping force; turning it counterclockwise while keeping the
cam lever from rotating reduces clamping force. Less than half
a turn of the tension adjusting nut can make the difference
between safe and unsafe clamping force.
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It is the owner’s responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the owner’s manual and regularly examine the product to determine the need for professional, authorized service or replacement. Please consult
an authorized Raleigh America, Inc. bicycle dealership with any questions on use and maintenance. Regardless of the length of the warranty, Raleigh America, Inc. does not infer that the bicycle will last forever
or cannot be broken. All Raleigh/Diamondback framesets and bicycles have a finite, limited useful product life cycle. The length of this useful life cycle will vary by environment, riding conditions, frame material
and construction, riding style, maintenance, and the amount as well as type of use the bicycle or frame is subjected to. A worn out bicycle does not indicate it is warrantable, rather that the bicycle has outlived
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Raleigh America, Inc. warrants this new Raleigh America, Inc. bicycle frame against defects in material and workmanship, subject to the following limitations, terms, and conditions:
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Steel bicycle frames with wheel size less than 20˝
Lifetime, for as long as the original retail purchaser owns the bicycle*
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Covered under the fork manufacturer’s warranty. Consult dealer for details.
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Suspension parts including but not limited to bushings, pivot bearing, link plates,
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bolts, fasteners, chain stays, seat stays, and shock units
bicycle is regularly maintained as well as operated under normal riding conditions
Labor, frame replacement
One year from the date of original retail purchase
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Thirty days from the date of original retail purchase
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3. Raleigh America, Inc.’s sole obligation during the acceptable duration of this warranty is, AT RALEIGH AMERICA, INC.’S OPTION,
OPTION to repair or replace the product with a current item that is equivalent in
construction, design, or value.
4. Raleigh America, Inc.’s liability under this limited warranty shall never exceed the amount of the original purchase.
To obtain service under this warranty, you must:
1. Return your fully assembled Raleigh America, Inc. bicycle to an authorized Raleigh America, Inc. bicycle dealer within the United States of America.
A bicycle that has had the components removed can not be evaluated or warranted.
*2. Provide proof of purchase, including but not limited to the retail bill of sale, your credit or debit card receipt, or other satisfactory proof of the date of purchase.
3. The proof of purchase must indicate the bicycle was sold fully assembled and adjusted by an authorized Raleigh America, Inc. dealer within the United States of America.
Sales where the bicycle was delivered in a carton to the end user (e.g. mail order or Internet sales) void the warranty.
This warranty does not apply to damage or failure due to:
1. Accidents, alteration, abuse, neglect.
2. Materials fatigue, normal wear and tear.
3. Improper assembly, maintenance, or installation of parts or accessories not originally intended to be compatible with the bicycle as sold, including but not limited to power assist accessories, forks,
brakes, or tires different from original specification.
This warranty also excludes:
1. Commercial use, racing or competition, stunting, jumping, trick riding, ramp riding, aggressive riding, riding with excessive loads, lack of technical skill, competence, or experience of the user.
2. Bicycle frames, which have been repaired (e.g. welded or bonded), repainted, or had the original decals removed.
3. Frames, forks, wheels, axles, handlebars, and stems, which are bent from just riding along, can be a sign of misuse or abuse and are not covered under this warranty.
4. Personal transportation costs or product freight costs to or from an authorized Raleigh America, Inc. bicycle dealer.
5. Any additional costs associated with the incompatibility of existing parts and the replacement frame or fork.
Warranty replacement frames must be fully assembled by an authorized dealer to maintain the warranty coverage. The warranty for the replacement frame shall be the warranty offered for the equivalent bicycle’s
frame of that model year. If not assembled by the dealer, replacement frames are considered aftermarket frames. After market frames are only warranted for one year from the date of purchase for the original
purchaser. This one-year warranty excludes any issues that can be traced to assembly or component incompatibility.
This warranty is expressly in lieu of all other warranties, and any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose created hereby, are limited to the same duration as the express warranty
herein. Raleigh America, Inc. shall not be liable for any incidental or consequential damages. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitations of implied warranties, incidental or consequential, so the above
limitations and exclusions may not apply to you.
Retailers and wholesale outlets for Raleigh America, Inc. products are not authorized to modify this warranty in any way.
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