You’re one step closer to hittin’ the pavement on your Schwinn mountain bike! Before riding, always make sure your tires are inflated and that your brakes are working properly. Read the quick start guide below and your Schwinn bicycle owner’s manual. Both contain important safety information.
You’ll need the following tools:
- 4, 5 and 6mm hex keys
- Flat head screwdriver
- Philips head screwdriver
- Box cutter, cable cutter, or scissors
- Pedal wrench or adjustable wrench
Let’s get started!
Take all bike parts out of the box and remove packaging materials.
Use a hex wrench to loosen the two bolts securing the stem face plate and remove the face plate. Place the handlebar in the stem and verify the brake and shift cables wrap around the frame without kinks or twisting.
Reinstall the stem face plate and bolts in place. Center the handlebar in the stem and rotate the handlebar to a comfortable position. Tighten the stem face plate bolts with the hex key.
Open the seatpost quick-release lever, then slide the seatpost into the frame. Ensure the seatpost is inserted past the minimum insertion line marked on the post. Close the seatpost quick-release lever.
Install Front Wheel
In the box, locate the quick-release skewer, adjusting nut, a tabbed washer, two springs, a second tabbed washer and the quick release lever.
Remove the adjusting nut, one tabbed washer and one spring. Insert the quick-release skewer through the front wheel axle, from the side opposite the brake disc. Reinstall the spring, narrow end first, and the tabbed washer, tab facing in, and lightly tighten the adjusting nut.
With your foot, remove the fork spacer at the dropouts. Lift the front of the bike and roll the wheel back. Ensure the brake disc goes into the caliper and the tabbed washers are on the outside of the dropouts, then lower the fork dropouts onto the axle. Rotate the tabbed washers so the tabs engage the holes on both fork dropouts. Tighten the adjusting nut.
Use wrench to tighten. Pedals are side specific, check sticker.
Adjustments & Safety Check
Adjust seat height. It should be about hip level when you’re standing next to the bike.
Verify Brakes Work
Roll bike back and forth slightly while operating the brakes.
Inflate the tires to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure, which is marked on the tire sidewall.
And that’s it! Just put on your helmet and you’re ready to ride.