Perhaps you've just purchased a road bike online, or maybe you're having your own bicycle boxed up and shipped to you in another location. Whatever the case, the road bike will arrive with many of its components disassembled, enabling the bike to fit the shipping box. With a few common tools, patience and care, you should be able to assemble your road bike properly, and ensure a safe and satisfying ride.
Tips & Warnings
Grease all screws and bolts before inserting them in place. This reduces the possibility of corrosion from salts, such as your sweat, and will allow easier removal for any future disassembly.
While the insertion of the seat post is a relatively easy task technically, ensuring the proper height of your saddle is integral to performance and comfort. Dedicated road cyclists keep this measurement on hand. There is no scientific formula to ensure perfect fit. It's largely a trial-and-error operation. An excellent place to start, however, is to sit on your road bike and, with your feet in the pedals, turn the crank to the 6 and 12 o'clock position. Your extended leg should have only a slight bend at the knee. Begin here, and fine-tune your position.
Many road bikes have a user guide that includes torque specifications for all bolts. If you have a torque wrench, incorporate these. If not, tighten your bolts firmly, but do not overtighten. Don't put your full weight behind the process. This is especially important when dealing with carbon components, which can become damaged under pressure.
Article Written By Matthew Ferguson
Matthew Ferguson is a writer living in Savannah, Ga. He has been writing for over 10 years and his work has appeared on various online publications. A collection of his short stories was published in spring 2010. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University.