Things you should know
We'll soon drop you an email to confirm receipt of your order and get cracking on your new bicycle.
In the mean time we've got some information below on the things that come with your bicycle as well as some instructions for taking delivery. If you have opted for collection or are having you bicycle delivered in London then it will come fully assembled, so there is no need to pay heed to the assembly instructions.
Your first service on your Kennedy City Bicycle is free. You can take it between 3 and 4 months after your purchase at MiCycle East on Southgate Road in N1, London.
1) Slot the front wheel in to the front fork and tighten the nuts on either side with a 15mm spanner, being careful to make sure the wheel is centred.
2) Your handlebars will have been turned downwards to fit the box. Straighten them up and tighten the bolt underneath the grip with a 5mm hex key.
3) Screw in your pedals. The left screws in clockwise, the right anti-clockwise
4) Adjust your saddle height using the pin hex key in your packaging. Loosen the seatpin at the base of the seatpost by turning it anticlockwise, adjust the saddle height to that of your hip bone then tighten the bolt to hold it.
The unfortunate reality is that bicycle theft is a realistic threat. Using a good lock will protect you most of the time, but getting insurance for your new bicycle may be the way to go. While we don't want to get in to recommending providers by name they are very easy to find on Google. We're of the belief that the going rate is worth it.
Even if you don't go for insurance make a note of your frame number. It's above your headbadge on the front of the bicycle and you'll need it to identify it if the worst ever happens.
Over the first few months it will slacken a bit under the power your athletic legs are putting through it and eventually you will need to move your rear wheel back a bit to accommodate this slack. It's as simple as that- loosen the rear wheel, pull it back a bit until the chain is tight then re-tighten. Also, spray a bit of chain lubricant on it every now and then, it keeps the ride smooth.
There's a wear line marked on them, once they are worn past this it's time for some new pads. You can buy these pretty cheap from any bike shop and you simply unscrew the bolts attaching yours and replace them.
This almost sounds like nagging, but seriously- keep your tyres well pumped up. The Panaracer tyres your bicycle came with recommend 115 P.S.I. It's really worth keeping them at this level- the tyres are stronger and less prone to puncture and you go a lot faster with a lot less effort.
At a really low pressure you'll start damaging the wheel rims, and we don't want that. So invest in a foot pump for the house, or make sure you stop by a bike shop regularly and use their posh pumps.
Your bicycle comes with a folding mudguard. The video below shows how it works.
City Cycling Tips
First and foremost, safe cycling is all about being deliberate. You are not operating in pitch black. The city streets are well lit 24 hours a day and you are not as inconspicuous as you might think. Act with purpose and other road users will see you a mile off. Humans are good at seeing each other coming, as long as you are predictable then you are safe. Assertive cyclists just don't let themselves get put in dangerous positions.
Make Eye Contact
It sounds weird, but this works really well. Humans are amazing at spotting when someone else is looking at them. It was true at the school disco and it's still true out on the roads. If you're not sure if the pedestrian is going to step out, look at them, if you can't work out if that car has seen you, stare in to his eyes.
People Are Idiots
Assume everyone else on the road is going to do something stupid and you'll rarely be surprised in anything other than a pleasant way.
Getting wound up by inconsiderate road users won't help you, it'll just make you lose your head. Rise above and look after yourself.