At L.L.Bean, we preassemble your bike and perform a series of adjustments and safety checks to ensure that it's ready for you to ride, almost right out of the box. After we've completed our safety inspection, we partially disassemble the bike so it can be shipped to your door.
What you'll need: Your bike can be reassembled in four easy steps. You'll need a pair of pliers, a 6-mm Allen wrench, an adjustable wrench, and a Phillips head screwdriver.
1. Install the front tire. Use your pliers to take off all packaging materials, then install the quick release front skewer on the front wheel by removing the end nut and spring. Place the quick release through the wheel and reinstall the spring and nut. Make sure the small end of the spring goes on first. Release the brake and make sure the tread direction matches that of the rear wheel. Use your hand to tighten the quick release. When the lever is halfway closed, there should be firm resistance. Once the front wheel is firmly in place, make sure the reattach the front brake.
2. Install the handlebars. Find your 6-mm Allen wrench. Install the handlebars at or above the minimum insertion line to ensure a comfortable upright riding position. Before tightening your handlebars, make sure they are lined square to the front tire. Loosen the two bolts at the top of the handlebar stem and raise the handlebars up before re-tightening the bolts.
3. Secure the pedals. Tighten the right-hand pedal on the right-hand crank arm carefully. Turning in a clockwise direction, the same direction as the wheels turn when going forward. Use your adjustable wrench to ensure a snug fit, but be careful not to over tighten. Follow the same steps for the left pedal, but rotate counterclockwise.
4. Attach the reflectors and adjust the seat. Attach the silver reflector to the front handlebars followed by the red reflector to the rear-seat post, adjust the seat post to the proper height, and tighten the quick release. Your knees should be slightly bent when you are in a riding stance on the bicycle, with the pedal in the lowest position.
Now you're ready to ride your L.L.Bean bicycle. Have a great time out there – and remember, always wear a helmet.