It’s time to build one of the loveliest friends you’ll ever have the pleasure of knowing. Here are a few simple instructions on how to put together your mostly put-together Critical Cycles beach cruiser.
Check out our PDF assembly instructions!
What you need: Scissors, Metric Allen Wrench, Phillips Screwdriver
Unpack your new bike
First thing’s first: get your bike out of its box.
1 – Cut the white shipping straps and remove the box staples (these are sharp and can cut you as you access the bike).
2 – Pull out your new cruiser and rotate the fork so that it is pointing toward the front of the bike. Stand your bike upright on the fork dropouts and rear tire.
3 – Cut all of the zip ties.
4 – Carefully remove the front wheel by sliding it off of the crank arm.
5 – Check out your accessory box.
6 – Look your bike up and down and inspect it for any visible damage that could have happened during shipping. Be sure you’re not missing any parts!
7 – Write down and/or take a picture of the serial number of your bike and register it with us. In the very unfortunate event that your bike is stolen, this is a vital piece of information to give to the police in order to file an accurate and complete report.
*Special Note: For tightening all fasteners, please refer to Appendix D in the back of your owner’s manual for all fastener torque specifications.
1 – Insert the seat post into the saddle.
2 – Tighten nuts on both sides of the seat clamp with a 14mm wrench. Alternate tightening each nut a little at a time until both are tight.
3 – Apply grease to seat post.
4 – Loosen the Allen bolt of the seat post collar.
5 – Slip the saddle and attached post into the seat tube.
6- Insert the seat with the seat post into the seat tube of the frame to at least the minimum insertion line on the shaft of the seat post. The minimum insertion line must NOT show above the seat tube.
7 – Tighten the bolt on the seat collar and make sure it’s secure.
Note: This is how you’ll adjust the height of the seat in the future, if necessary.
1 – Apply grease to the handlebar stem.
2 – Loosen the stem bolt.
3 – Insert the handlebar stem into the frame to at least the minimum insertion line on the shaft of the stem. The minimum insertion line must NOT show above the steer tube.
4 – Make sure that the fork is facing forward and the handlebars are lined up with the fork dropouts.
5 – Tighten the stem bolt with an Allen wrench. (And make sure it’s tight!)
Note: You’ll be able to adjust the angle and the height of the handlebars later by loosening and then retightening this bolt.
1 – Flip the bike over so it’s resting on the saddle and handlebars.
2 – Loosen the axle nuts most of the way on both sides of the wheel by hand.
3 – Slip the wheel into the fork dropouts.
4 – Place the safety washer hooks into the holes on the fork.
5 – Fasten the nuts on each side of the wheel by hand (we know you can do it).
6 – Use a 15mm wrench to tighten each axle nut, alternating between them until they are both tightly fastened. Be sure that the wheel is centered within the fork (visually check for equal clearance on either side of the tire).
7 – Flip the bike back over, so it’s standing on its two wheels and its kickstand.
1 – Locate the pedal labeled “R” (you’ll find this identifier on both a sticker on the flat part of the pedal as well as on the end of the pedal axle). This is your RIGHT pedal.
2 – Apply grease to both pedal threads.
3 – Thread the RIGHT pedal by hand onto the right side crank arm CLOCKWISE. This is the side of the bike with the chain. Tighten the pedal with a 15mm wrench until the pedal is securely fastened to the crank arm.
4 – Repeat these steps on the left side of the bike. This time, though, be sure to thread the LEFT pedal COUNTERCLOCKWISE to tighten.
NOTE: These should thread in with ease. If it seems hard, stop and realign the pedal.
1 – Attach the plastic brackets to the handlebar and seat post.
2 – Slide the reflectors onto the brackets (white in the front, red in the back).
3 – Attach the wheel reflectors onto the spokes of the wheels.
1 – Locate the tire manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure found on the tire sidewall (listed as “PSI”).
2 – Using a hand or floor pump with a gauge, begin to inflate the tire to half its recommended inflation pressure and check to see that the tire is properly seated on the rim. Be sure to inspect both sides of the tire for proper fit.
3 – If the tire is seated unevenly or bulges out along the rim, let some air out of the tire and reposition the tire by hand so that it sits evenly on the rim.
4 – Continue to inflate the tire to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure.
*Do not exceed the recommended pressure as this will cause an unsafe condition potentially causing the tire to unexpectedly explode.
*Do not use a compressed air device to inflate your tires as the rapid inflation of the tire can cause it to blow off the rim.
*Tires and tubes are not warrantied against damage caused by over-inflation or punctures from road hazards.
Brakes and Gears
NOTE: We highly recommend taking your bike to a local bike shop and having your brakes and gears (if equipped) set-up by a professional mechanic.
BEFORE YOUR FIRST RIDE
We strongly recommend you take your bike to a professional bike shop and have them check your work and fine tune the bike to ensure your bike is safe to ride.