How to Assemble Training Wheels for a Bike

How to Assemble Training Wheels for a Bike
Learning to ride a bike is a cherished memory many parents look forward to passing onto their children. Training wheels give extra support and guidance for young riders still learning to balance the bike. Parents appreciate the reduction in scrapes and bruises these wheels can provide. While the details of attaching training wheels to a bike may differ between manufacturers, they share many common principles. Among these is the use of small wheels attached to support brackets which in turn are mounted to the rear axle of the bike. Training wheels should not touch the ground when the bike is upright as they are only provided to gently guide the rider if they begin to tilt.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Training wheel assembly
  • Bicycle
  • Wrench (open-end, closed-end or socket)
 
Step 1
Attach the training wheel to the support bracket by sliding the shoulder bolt through the wheel and the support bracket. Tighten the locking nut to secure the wheel to the support bracket. The angle in the support bracket should be bent away from the wheel when properly assembled. Repeat for the other wheel and support bracket.
Step 2
Remove the axle nut if necessary. Mount the support brackets to the bike by sliding the brace over the rear axle. Place the support bracket over the brace with the attached wheel on the support bracket oriented outward and downward from the bike. Loosely thread the axle nut onto the axle. Repeat for the other side of the bike.
Step 3
Adjust the height of the training wheels and tighten the axle nut. The training wheels should be 3/8 to 1/2 inch above the ground on both sides when the bike is upright.
 

Article Written By David Chandler

David Chandler has been a freelance writer since 2006 whose work has appeared in various print and online publications. A former reconnaissance Marine, he is an active hiker, diver, kayaker, sailor and angler. He has traveled extensively and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida where he was educated in international studies and microbiology.

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