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Designed for everyday cycling in town ... and enjoying it!
A comfortable city bike (dutch style bike), equipped (platform at the front) with an anti-torsion spring to guide the bike in bends and provide greater stability when stationary.
Before setting off on your first ride on your new bike, it's imperative that it is properly adjusted (if it was not already adjusted in the store), and the tyres are fully inflated (see next point). You'll need a #6 Allen key for this procedure. Follow the pictures below:
The recommended tyre pressure is between 3.5 bars (comfort) and 4.5 bars (performance). A foot pump with a pressure gauge makes it very easy to check the pressure as you inflate your tyres. If you don't have one, check the tyre pressure by squeezing it between two fingers. It should be firm while still yielding a bit when pressed. The harder the tyre, the faster the wheels turn, but the more you'll feel the bumps in the road. On the other hand, riding with under-inflated tyres risks damaging your wheel rims and increases the chance of a flat tyre. IMPORTANT: Inflating your tyres to at least 3.5 bars ensures better puncture-resistance and a good balance between comfort and performance. We recommend re-inflating your tyres every month.
To use the dynamo without damaging your tyre, follow the recommendations shown in the video below:
A front carry system has been created for your bike: the pannier basket! The following video explains how to mount this accessory (included with your bike) onto your bike.
The Groovy baby seat by Polisport can be easily and safely fastened to the pannier rack of your standard town bike. It is designed for children ages 12 months to 4-5 years and weighing less than 22 kg. This baby carrier is ISO11243 compliant, and includes a 3-point safety belt and adjustable footrest.
If you ride your town bike daily, remember to check the condition of your tyres every week and re-inflate them every month. The recommended tyre pressure is between 3.5 bars (comfort) and 4.5 bars (performance). A foot pump with a pressure gauge makes it very easy to check the pressure as you inflate your tyres. If you don't have one, check the tyre pressure by squeezing it between two fingers. It should be firm while still yielding a bit when pressed. The harder the tyre, the faster you can ride, but the more you'll feel the bumps in the road. On the other hand, riding with under-inflated tyres risks damaging your wheel rims and increases the chance of a flat. IMPORTANT: Inflating your tyres to at least 3.5 bars ensures better puncture-resistance and a good balance between comfort and performance.
If you store your town bike outside at night, the chain and bike lock will rust more quickly. This is why it's important to clean and grease them regularly. How to grease your chain Turn the wheel using a pedal, and spray grease along the entire length of the chain while changing gears. How to grease your bike lock Hold it straight and spray into the lock. Then insert the key and turn it a few times. Wipe off any excess grease with a paper towel.
Riding in town — except when it rains — won't get your bike as dirty as if mountain biking through the woods, so you won't need to clean it as frequently. Every two months, give your bike a big cleaning. Using bike shampoo and a bucket of hot water, wipe down the frame, handlebar, mudguard, etc. It's best to avoid hosing it down with a water jet, as this could damage some of the components. When done, dry your town bike with a dry cloth to prevent any rust. Use the opportunity to check that all the screws and bolts are nice and tight. Sometimes, when riding on uneven or cobblestone streets, your Elops will experience small jolts, and this can cause the bolts to loosen, little by little. As for greasing your chain, do this at the end after you've finished washing your bike.
Brake pads don't last forever. Depending on how you ride, where you ride, and how much you weigh, your brakes will wear down slowly or quickly. This is why it's important to check them regularly and change them if necessary. Also, are your brakes tight? If you have any questions, we highly recommend visiting a Decathlon workshop, where a bike technician can adjust your town bike's brakes to ensure they are in tip-top shape.
How to change the wheel and inner tube on your bike.
How to change a V-brake pad on your bike.
How to change your bike's V-brake's cable and housing
Inside the tyre there is an inner tube which holds the air. When your tyre is flat, it's generally because the inner tube has a puncture. It's fairly easy to repair; check out our video tutorial. If needed, visit your local Decathlon workshop for assistance.
If your lights are not working, there may be several different reasons: 1- Check that the dynamo is correctly positioned against the wheel rim. 2- Check that the dynamo is properly connected. 3- Check the electrical connections (bearing in mind that if one light doesn't work, both will be short circuited) Check the images below to learn how to perform these checks. If that doesn't work, don't hesitate to ask the technicians at your local Decathlon Workshop for advice, or contact us below for help.
Braking quality is impacted by a number of factors. Poor quality braking may manifest itself by a noise when braking, or the brake levers feeling slack or soft when pressed. To remedy this problem, follow the steps below: 1- Check the orientation of the brake pads. They should follow the shape of the rim without touching the tyre and should ideally be 1 mm away from the wheel with an additional 0.5 mm offset at the back of the pad (this is to ensure that the pads are not exactly parallel to the wheel, which would generate noise). 2- Adjust your brakes 3- Replace the brake pads if they are worn down. The brake pads may need to be changed more or less frequently depending on how often you ride. The brake pads have ridges which ensure water runs off. If the ridges are no longer there, or have visibly worn down, it's time to change your brake pads!! To do this, go to the "repairing/maintaining your bike" section and follow the "how to change your brake pads" tutorial.
If your gears are not shifting properly, this may be due to several factors: 1- Have you taken your bike in for its first free checkup? When you purchase a bike at Decathlon, you get a free checkup during the first six months after your purchase, which includes, among other adjustments, checking that gears shift properly. Don't forget to use it! 2- Your drivetrain cable and/or cable housing is worn or old. You'll need to replace the cable and/or the cable housing if it is damaged. 3- The derailleur itself needs adjusting. Use the upper (L) and lower (H) stop screws to adjust the shifting, especially if your chain tends to skip the cogs in the back. If these adjustments don't resolve the issue, please visit your local Decathlon Workshop for a more in-depth diagnostics.
If the front wheel is making noise, it could be that: 1- Brake pads are touching the wheel rim. See the section "Your braking is not powerful enough" for how to properly adjust your brake pads. 2- The mudguard is touching the tyre. If the noise is coming from the back wheel, it could be that: 1- Brake pads are touching the wheel rim. See the section "Your braking is not powerful enough" for how to properly adjust your brake pads. NOTE: Before making the adjustment, make sure that the wheel is properly aligned. To do this, use a #15 wrench to loosen the bolt holding the back wheel and re-center the wheel within the frame. 2- The mudguard is touching the tyre (see video above) If the noise persists, please visit a Decathlon store near you for an in-depth diagnostics.
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