ASSEMBLY and MAINTENANCE
All Rasta Bikes, College Bikes, Swing King brand bikes, and most cruisers come 85% assembled -- this means only the front wheel, handlebars, pedals, and seat need to be assembled. We always recommend you bring your bike to a professional mechanic for assembly; however, if you choose to build it yourself, please utilize the following resources. Further assembly directions are included in your owner's manual, which comes with every bike.
Excellent Bike Assembly and Repair Resources:
For Most Single-speed Cruisers:
Carefully remove the bike from the box. Remove all packing material, and zip-ties which properly secure the bike for transport.
We recommend using a bike stand, but if it unavailable to you, place the bike on a padded area to avoid scratching.
Grease the seat-post and place into bike. Seat contains "guts" which secure the seat to the post.
Line up and front wheel with the fork, and secure. The tires will need air before riding.
Grease the stem and insert into the head tube. Choose you desired height. Do not exceed the maximum height, indicated by the lines on the post.
Tighten down the stem and handlebars.
Grease the pedals and insert them into their appropriate sides of the crank arms. Each pedal will have an L or R sticker depending on which side it is made for. DO NOT insert the pedals into the incorrect sides or you will damage the crank and pedals beyond repair. Tighten them down with your adjustable wrench.
Air up your tires.
Tighten every remaining nut and bolt on the bike. Even the pre-assembled parts which may have loosened up during transport.
Always ride with a helmet, and have an awesome time!
Note: Americas Bike Company is in no way responsible for damages that occur during assembly. We highly recommend you take your bike to a professional bike builder for assembly. An damages which occur during building are not covered by warranty. It will save you a lot of time, effort, and frustration in you just take it to a shop. It's not that expensive, and will ensure your bike have been properly built.
Maintenance Tips and Helpful Hints to Ensure a Great Riding Experience:
Preventative Maintenance. Cover your bike to protect it from moisture which can cause rusting. This is especially important in close proximity to the beach because of the large amount of salt in the air. Rust not only ruins the look of the bike, it cause damage to important parts such as the chain, chain-ring, and sprockets. When those parts rust they are weakened and will not run as smooth. Try and wipe sand and mud off the bike after rides, and a little oil on the chain goes a long way. Fenders prevent water and sand from spraying up on you.
Lock it up. Unfortunately bike theft is a problem. This also is especially true in beach communities because of the large demand for bikes. The Kryptonite U-Lock is the safest lock because it is impossible to cut without heavy power tools. Lock the frame of your bike to a grounded object such as a bike rack, sign post, gate, etc…Wheels, seats, and accessories can be taken too, so if your leaving the bike for a long period of time try to remove attractive accessories.
Be aware of your surroundings. There’s a lot of nice scenery by the beach. Kids, dogs, skateboards, and other bikers can make for interesting obstacles to avoid.
If it’s not broken, don’t try to fix it. Assembly and repairs should be done by trained professionals. Consult our assembly directions and bike manuals when building of attempting repairs on the bikes.
Size matters. People over five feet should fit any 26” wheel beach cruiser we sell. If you are petite or searching for a kids bike we suggest a 20” bike for people up to four feet, and a 24” frame for people 4’6” to 5’. For more specific sizing questions contact us.