Our goal is to make the process of assembling your new bicycle as painless as possible. Below is a step-by-step guide to walk you through everything you need to get up and riding in no time. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to our customer service team and we will gladly help you out.
Welcome to the Solé Family!
This is how our 3-Speed bicycles are packaged.
Remove box of components and bicycle from the box.
Carefully remove the zip-ties and foam protectors from the wheel axles, front fork and seat tube. These pieces are to protect the bicycle during shipping. If they are cracked or broken, this is not a defect, it means they did their job.
Now that you’ve unpacked your bicycle, let’s make sure we have everything.
Other Tools Not Included
First, let’s start with making sure the front fork is facing the correct direction. The brake caliper should be facing towards the front of the bike.
Installing the Handlebars
Before installing the handlebars, check the to make sure the brake lines haven’t been crossed or twisted. Insert the handlebars into the head tube, the brake lines should be behind the handlebars at this point.
Make sure the handlebars are parallel to the front fork.
Tighten allen screw with supplied multi-tool and cover with cap.
To position your handlebars, you will need to loosen the allen screw then swing the bars away from the bike until they are positioned parallel to the ground. Tighten the allen screw to lock the handlebars in their final position.
Installing the Seat
On the frame, add a small dab of grease to the inside of the seat tube. Insert seat at desired position and tighten. Don’t worry, the seat height and angle will be adjusted to their final position at the end of the build.
Installing The Front Fender
Turn the front fork so it's easier to access the 10mm nut with your wrench. Holding the front brake you will want to remove the nut on the back of the fender.
Remove the nut and first washer, leaving the thicker washer in place. Slide the fender through the fork and front caliper.
Insert the bolt through the tab on the top of the fender and add the washer you removed.
Add the nut and tighten with the 10mm wrench.
To attach the front fender support arms, add a washer to each the allen bolts. With the multi tool, attach the support arm to the bottom of the fork.
To attach the rear fender support arms, add a washer to each the allen bolts. With the multi tool, attach the support arm to the rear mounting hole.
Installing The Pedals
WARNING: Pedal threads must be screwed in perfectly straight and fully tightened to prevent stripping the crank. A stripped crank due to improper assembly will void the warranty.
Determine the left and right pedal and apply a small amount of grease.
Install the RIGHT pedal on the crank side of the bike. You will want to start threading CLOCKWISE ⟳ the pedal with your fingers and then fully tighten the pedal with the supplied wrench.
Install the RIGHT pedal on the crank side of the bike. You will want to start threading the pedal COUNTER-CLOCKWISE ⟲ with your fingers and then fully tighten the pedal with the supplied wrench.
Installing The Front Wheel
Loosen the nuts on both sides of the front wheel, but do not take them off.
Place the front fork on the axel, with the washer on the outside of the fork. Make sure to put the tab on the washer in the hole on the fork.
Tighten nut with supplied wrench.
Positioning And Adjusting The Brakes
Stand over the bicycle and position the brake levers in the most comfortable position for you.
Using the multi-toll tighten the brake levers in place.
To adjust your brake, you will want to start by loosening the nut on the caliper with your 10mm wrench. Once, the cable is loose, pinch the brake pads against the rim.
While pinching the brake pads against the rim, pull the brake line tight and retighten the nut to secure the brake line in it's new position.
Loosen the nut on the break pad, position the pad on the centre of the rum and finger tighten to hold in place.
Squeeze the brake lever to hold the pads in place and tighten the nut with your 10mm wrench.
To align the brake calipers, use the supplied wrench. The pads should be an equal distance from the rim on both sides.
Installing The Reflectors And Final Components
Attach the front reflector on the handlebars. Secure with the small black screw provided.
Attach the front reflector on the seat post. Secure with the small black screw provided.
Add the supplied axel covers to the front axel nuts.
Accessing And Adjusting The Shifter
We recommend getting your 3-Speed adjusted by your local bicycle mechanic. If you want to adjust it yourself, we follow the instructions in the video below.
If you don't feel comfortable adjusting this yourself, we always recommend getting your bicycle tuned by your local bicycle mechanic.
You can also download the manual here.
Below is a list of the final things you should check before your first ride.
*Saddle Height: When sitting on the saddle and both feet are planted on the ground, you should be on the ball of your feet. this way when you put the ball of your foot over the middle of the pedal you’ll get the most efficient and comfortable ride.