WEATHER DIRECT | WD-3312 | FOLDING BIKES | DIRECT TO YOU | OWNER`S MANUAL

F OLDIN G BIK E S | DIRE CT TO Y OU | OWN E R’S MAN U A L
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................... …...1
GET TO KNOW YOUR fBIKE ..............................................................................................................3
FOLDING AND UNFOLDING YOUR fBIKE ....................................................................................4
MAINTAINING YOUR fBIKE: BRAKES .............................................................................................5
MAINTAINING YOUR fBIKE: GEARS ............................................................................................... 7
MAINTAINING YOUR fBIKE: PEDALS ............................................................................................. 7
MAINTAINING YOUR fBIKE: LUBRICATION ..........................................................................…...8
WET WEATHER RIDING AND NIGHT RIDING .......................................................................... 9
THANK YOU FOR PURCHASING AN fBIKE!
WITH LITTLE EFFORT YOU WILL SOON BE ON THE ROAD.
We strongly recommend you take your fBike to a
local bike shop for inspection by a bicycle professional.
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FIRST, LET’S REVIEW SAFE RIDING RULES:
Always wear a helmet when riding your fBike. Follow the helmet
manufacturer’s instructions for fit, use, and care.
Follow all rules of the road and obey posted signs. Always ride in
designated bike lanes when possible and with the flow of traffic.
If possible, avoid riding your fBike in wet weather conditions. Rain and
water will severely reduce the effectiveness of your brakes.
In addition to reflectors, lights are needed for night riding.
It’s your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the laws of the area
where you ride and to comply with all applicable laws.
Respect the laws of the road, but also respect the laws of physics! Do the
quick mental math on what happens if a 175 pound person going 15 miles
per hour on a bicycle collides with a 3,000 lb. car going 35 miles per hour.
Do not exceed 250 pounds total (including rider weight & luggage weight)
while riding your fBike.
EACH TIME BEFORE YOU RIDE:
Double check that all latches are properly secured and that the seat and
handlebar posts are tight.
Make sure your tires are filled to the correct pressure. Do not exceed the
PSI indicated on the tire walls.
Make sure that your brakes are working properly.
LET’S REVIEW PROPER BICYCLE MAINTENANCE:
There are two paths for properly maintaining your fBike. To select your path,
please take the following test. The goal of this test is to determine whether or not
you are “mechanical.” If you are not “mechanical,” take your fBike to a local bike
shop for all maintenance. If you are “mechanical,” you will know the answers to the
following questions. You should still take your bike to the shop from time to time,
but you can also undertake some of your own bike maintenance.
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What is the difference between a box-end wrench, a torque wrench, and
a crescent wrench?
TRUE or FALSE: Normal bolts follow the convention: righty-tighty, lefty
loosy.
TRUE or FALSE: If a bolt is stuck, you can always get it unstuck by getting
a bigger hammer.
Remember, a poorly maintained bicycle is a direct reflection of its owner’s
upbringing, bloodlines, and self-esteem. It may also be dangerous! Please, maintain
your fBike with great pride and care.
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Make sure the rims are clean and undamaged along the braking surface,
and check for excess rim wear. If you have any question on whether or
not your rims are safe, have them inspected by a local bicycle shop.
Make sure the saddle and handlebar stem are parallel to the bike’s
centerline and clamped tight enough so that you cannot twist them out of
alignment.
Check that your handlebar grips are secure and in good condition. If not,
replace them.
Make sure that your brake pads are not worn and that your brakes are
properly adjusted.
Periodically, inspect the brake cables. If they are worn or frayed, replace
them.
From time to time, make sure that your wheels are “true” (that is, that they
spin without wobble).
From time to time, pick up your fBike and spin the wheels. Your wheels
should spin freely.
BE RESPONSIBLE.
RIDE AS THOUGH YOU ARE INVISIBLE.
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GET TO KNOW YOUR fBIKE!
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Bike seat
Seat post
Seat post height adjustment and quick release
Gear sprockets
Derailleur
Crank
Folding pedal
Frame folding latch
Rear brake mechanism
Front brake mechanism
Handle bar post folding latch
Handle bar post and height adjustment
Brake lever
Gear shifter
The above list includes important fBike components. We strongly encourage you to
locate all of the parts of your new fBike before you go on a ride. Your safety will be
ensured if you properly understand how your fBike works, in particular, the folding
latches.
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FOLDING AND UNFOLDING YOUR fBIKE
[STEP 1] Your fBike will arrive in its folded
position. Prior to making any adjustments
you must first unfold your fBike. Begin by
pivoting the front wheel such that it comes
into line with the rear wheel. The bike
frame will pivot via the central fold.
[STEP 2] Secure the central folding latch
using the diagram below. Of all the steps
involved in unfolding your fBike, this one is
the most critical. You do not want your
fBike folding back while you are riding it!
Make triply sure that the central folding
latch is secure.
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[STEP 3] Unfold the handlebars by pulling
them up into the proper position. Make
sure that the brake cables are not twisted
or damaged in the process. Secure the
folding latch with the same attention to
detail as used with the central folding latch.
[STEP 4] Adjust the height of the handlebars
to fit your body. Secure the latch so that the
handlebars do not slip while you are riding.
DO NOT extend the handlebars beyond the
Maximum Extension” line on the handlebar
stem. When adjusting the handlebar height,
double-check that it is sufficiently tightened.
The handlebars are tight if, when you push
down on them with the force of your
weight, they do not move. If the handlebars
move, the quick-release bolt is insufficiently
tightened.
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[STEP 5] Adjust the height of the seat to fit
your body. Secure the latch at the base of
the seat post to ensure that the seat does
not slip while you are riding. DO NOT
extend the seat post beyond the
“Maximum Extension” line.
When
adjusting the seat post height, doublecheck that it is sufficiently tightened by
properly securing the latch where the post
meets the frame. The seat post is tight if,
when you push down on the seat with the
force of your weight, it does not move. If
the seat moves, the quick-release bolt is
insufficiently tightened.
[STEP 6] Unfold your pedals. Now, you are ready to ride!
FOLLOW THE SAME 6 STEPS IN REVERSE ORDER
TO RE-FOLD YOUR fBIKE.
MAINTAINING YOUR fBIKE
This section of the manual will acquaint you with your fBike and the proper way to
maintain it. It is important that you read this section carefully to understand the safe
operation of your fBike.
HOW THE BRAKES WORK
The correct action of the brakes on your fBike is a function of the friction between
the brake pads and the wheel rims. To make sure that you have maximum friction
available, keep your brake pads and wheel rims clean and free of dirt, lubricants,
waxes, polishes, and other foreign materials. Maximum braking force for each
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
your directional control. Be sure to replace brake pads when the brake pad grooves
are worn away.
BRAKE ADJUSTMENT
Riding with improperly adjusted brakes or worn brake pads is dangerous and can
result in serious injury or death. Applying brakes too hard or too suddenly by
squeezing the brake levers can lock up a wheel, which might cause you to lose
control and fall. Sudden or excessive application of the front brake may pitch you
over the handlebars, which may result in injury or death. It is important that you
check the effectiveness of your brakes before each use; the brake pads will wear
with use and the cables will loosen over time.
Read the following directions about ensuring that each brake mechanism is
centered over the wheel and that the brake pads align with the metal wheel rim. If
you are mechanical, you might make any necessary adjustments yourself;
otherwise, take your fBike to your local bike shop.
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[STEP 1] Check the brake pads and make sure they are properly aligned with the
rims and that they do NOT contact the tires when the brakes are applied. If
necessary, adjust the orientation of the brake pads where they attach to the brake
arms as shown in the figures below. Squeeze and release the brake levers multiple
times to ensure that the brake pads are aligned and working effectively.
[STEP 2] Check the brake mechanisms to make sure that they are centered over the
tires. If you squeeze a brake lever and one side of the brake mechanism moves
more than the other or one side does not move at all then either the brake
mechanism or the wheel is not centered. You can tell if the wheel is not centered
by looking at the gap between the tire and the fork or frame on either side. If the
gap is not even, loosen the wheel axle nuts, center the wheel, and re-tighten the
axel nuts.
If the brake is not centered, use a Phillips head screwdriver to tighten or loosen the
screws where the brake arms attach to the frame as shown in the image above.
Turning the screw clockwise will increase tension while turning the screw counter
clockwise will decrease the tension. Begin by increasing tension on the side that is
not moving. Turn the screw slightly and then test the brake mechanism by
squeezing the brake lever. Repeat this process until the brake mechanism is
centered over the wheel. The brake pads should NOT touch the metal rim if the
brake mechanisms are correctly centered with the brake levers released.
BRAKE CONTROLS AND FEATURES
It is very important to learn which brake lever controls the front brake and which
controls the rear brake. Your bike will come already set and adjusted so that the
right brake lever controls the rear brake. The left brake lever controls the front
brake. Make sure that your hands can reach and squeeze the brake levers.
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Double check that the cables are connected by pulling the lever towards the
handle grip; the corresponding front or rear brake should respond by tightly
squeezing the wheel rim. If this does NOT happen and you are not mechanical, take
your fBike to your local bike shop for adjustment.
If you are mechanical, you can tighten or loosen the brakes in one of two locations.
Each brake cable is connected to its
brake lever through an adjustable
“cable barrel” and to one of the
brake arms through a hex bolt. To
make an adjustment with the cable
barrel, turn the cable barrel
counterclockwise to tighten the
brakes (by moving the brake pads
closer to the rim) or turn it
clockwise to loosen the brakes. To
make an adjustment at the brake
arm, loosen the hex bolt and slide
the cable in the necessary direction.
SHIFTING GEARS
The function of the rear derailleur is to move the drive chain from one rear gear
sprocket to another. To shift gears using the handlebar shifter, you must be moving
forward. Moving the chain from a smaller gear sprocket to a larger one results in a
"downshift," which makes it easier to pedal. You will move more slowly, but
pedaling will be easier. Moving the chain from a larger gear sprocket to a smaller
one results in an “upshift,” which makes it harder to pedal. You will move more
quickly, but pedaling will be harder. Experiment with your fBike's gears to learn
which gear works best for you on flat sections and up and down hills.
NOTE: There are two set screws or limit screws on the rear derailleur body that
limit the travel of the rear derailleur. One screw keeps the chain from shifting off
the small (high) gear sprocket while the other set screw keeps the chain from
shifting off the large (low) gear sprocket. These should not need adjustment, but if
your chain is jumping off the free-wheel, these screws are the key to correcting the
problem. If you are not "mechanical," ask a friend who is to help with this
adjustment, or better yet, take your fBike to your local bike shop for this quick,
easy, (and should be free!) adjustment.
WARNING: Never shift a derailleur onto the largest or the smallest sprocket if the
derailleur is not shifting smoothly. The derailleur may be out of adjustment and the
chain could jam, causing you to lose control and fall.
PEDAL REMOVAL AND ATTACHMENT
Your fBike comes with folding pedals. When seated on the bike, your right foot will
correspond to the right pedal and your left foot will correspond to the left pedal. To
narrow your fBike for transportation or storage, fold one or both pedals.
If you are mechanical and need to remove one or both pedals, use a 15mm wrench,
noting that care must be taken to turn the wrench in the correct direction. To
loosen the left pedal, face the left side of your fBike and turn the wrench clockwise.
To loosen the right pedal, face the right side of your fBike and turn the wrench
counterclockwise.
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To re-attach the pedals, be sure to put the correct pedal on the correct side of the
bike. Each pedal has a corresponding “L” and “R” imprinted on the end of the screw
shaft. Note the differing directions of the screw threads. Use the 15mm wrench,
noting that care must be taken to turn the wrench in the correct direction. To
tighten the left pedal, face the left side of your fBike and turn the wrench
counterclockwise. To tighten the right pedal, face the right side of your fBike and
turn the wrench clockwise.
LUBRICATION
For maximum life, the chain on your fBike will need periodic lubrication. Spray it
with light oil such as WD-40 or 3-in-1 oil and wipe off the excess. The chain
should be lubricated monthly, or after any event where it gets wet. Other items
needing lubrication are the hubs, headset, and crank set. Under normal use, these
items should only need lubrication at most annually. If you are not mechanical,
take your fBike to your local bike shop annually for complete lube job.
WET WEATHER RIDING AND NIGHT RIDING
It is important that you are safe while riding your fBike during wet weather
conditions and at night. Read the following directions to maintain the highest level
of safety.
WET WEATHER RIDING
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. 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.
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 who choose to accept the
greatly increased risk of riding at dawn, at dusk, or at night need to take extra care
both riding and choosing specialized equipment that helps reduce that risk. Consult
your local bike shop about night riding safety equipment.
WARNING: Bicycle reflectors are designed to pick up and reflect car lights and
streetlights in a way that may help you to be seen and recognized as a moving
bicyclist. 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.
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CAUTION: Check reflectors and their mounting brackets regularly to make sure that
they are clean, straight, unbroken, and securely mounted. Have your local bike
shop replace damaged reflectors and straighten or tighten any that are bent or
loose. If you choose to 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:
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Purchase and install a generator or battery powered head and
taillight that meet all local regulatory requirements and provide
adequate visibility.
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Make sure that your bicycle is equipped correctly with
reflectors.
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Wear light-colored, reflective clothing and accessories, such as
a reflective vest, reflective arm and leg bands, reflective stripes
on your helmet, and flashing lights attached to your body and/or
your bicycle.
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Make sure that your clothing or anything you may be carrying on
the bicycle does not obstruct your reflectors and lights.
ENJOY RIDING YOUR NEW fBIKE!
For further instruction and information about fBike,
visit us online:
fbikedirect.com
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