How easy is it to put a bike together?

Found 15th Apr 2009
Want to buy my daughter a 20" bike and found the Raleigh 'Krush' at Littlewoods Direct for £121 with interest free credit till next April.

But my local bike shop said they will do it for £139, and it is ready assembled for me.

On the one hand I want the boxed one as I can wrap it easier as a surprise and it's cheaper, but especially as this model has gears, will I even be able to put it together myself?

Thoughts please

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Do you know how much assembly is required?

Well depends on what you can afford. I mean nearly twenty pound i a lot of money (wellto me at the mo) lol

But my hands are still hurting from the last bike i built lol

If you are building it you will need to put on the peddles, handlebars, saddle, wheels and brake calipers.
Its not really that difficult but just make sure your double check that you have tightened all the bolts properly and read the instruction over once before you start, and read them while you are doing it step by step.

Tis easy

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thesaint;4931127

Do you know how much assembly is required?



No, I don't - it's ]this one
Can't find any reviews on that particular model but a similar bike on Amazon people said they were fine to put together, but this one has a chain and gears - all I have put together before is a balance bike LOL!

Latinosharkey;4931138

Well depends on what you can afford. I mean nearly twenty pound i a lot … Well depends on what you can afford. I mean nearly twenty pound i a lot of money (wellto me at the mo) lolBut my hands are still hurting from the last bike i built lol


Well, it's not even the extra £20, I really wasn't looking to be spending that much, I was aiming for like £80! So the less the better, tbh! :w00t:

We bought two bikes last year and i built them both but they did need setting up and as it happens my son in law is a cycle mechanic so that helped! But seriously you can build it but it made need tweaking a little for it to work well

For £18 difference - I'd get the bike shop one. Adjusting gears can be a right pain so let the bike shop do it and you have the advantage of taking it back to the local bike shop if there are any other problems.

As for the box being easier to wrap I'm sure she would rather ride it right away rather than wait an hour whilst you assemble and check it....

Get a profeesional to do it, and that way all nuts are tight and your daughter won't come to any harm as it will have had a pre-delivery check. £18 for peace of mind like that is nothing really, plus you're supporting your local community.

you can build it yourself but for the 18 quid and to have a professional build and check it over its worth it for the peace of mind, i wouldnt want my son riding something i put together hahaha

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gari189;4931267

For £18 difference - I'd get the bike shop one. Adjusting gears can be a … For £18 difference - I'd get the bike shop one. Adjusting gears can be a right pain so let the bike shop do it and you have the advantage of taking it back to the local bike shop if there are any other problems.As for the box being easier to wrap I'm sure she would rather ride it right away rather than wait an hour whilst you assemble and check it....



kyalion;4931274

Get a profeesional to do it, and that way all nuts are tight and your … Get a profeesional to do it, and that way all nuts are tight and your daughter won't come to any harm as it will have had a pre-delivery check. £18 for peace of mind like that is nothing really, plus you're supporting your local community.



markhodges1975;4931283

you can build it yourself but for the 18 quid and to have a professional … you can build it yourself but for the 18 quid and to have a professional build and check it over its worth it for the peace of mind, i wouldnt want my son riding something i put together hahaha



Yeah, true true - t'is what I was thinking, too.
I have the bike ready to press 'confirm' on Littlewoods but just wasn't sure whether to go for it.

I am also liking the idea of having to pay for the bike before I can have it, so that I can't get lazy and wait for Littlewoods to start charging me interest before I start making payment ! :giggle:

I would go with the shop as the gears may be okay new but after a few weeks they will need adjusting and most shops do a free service after the first month ,

If you put it together yourself, you have absolutely no warranty whatsoever.

If the frame should fall in half (which obviously it shouldn't) you'd have no legal recourse

Worth the £18

teambintip;4931332

If you put it together yourself, you have absolutely no warranty … If you put it together yourself, you have absolutely no warranty whatsoever.If the frame should fall in half (which obviously it shouldn't) you'd have no legal recourseWorth the £18



What rubbish.

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thesaint;4931483

What rubbish.



Yeah I thought a bit of squit was being spirted lol

Its real easy to put a bike together.






Oh wait! just noticed you a girl! Nah its the hardest thing ever, ask the nice man in the shop to do it for you, lol :whistling:

thesaint;4931483

What rubbish.



Which part exactly? The entirely factual and personally experienced (though years in the bicycle trade) part or something else?

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US1;4931600

Yeah I thought a bit of squit was being spirted lolIts real easy to put a … Yeah I thought a bit of squit was being spirted lolIts real easy to put a bike together.Oh wait! just noticed you a girl! Nah its the hardest thing ever, ask the nice man in the shop to do it for you, lol :whistling:



Oh my gosh - I so can't believe you just said that!

Sounds like it makes most sense to go with the local shop, especially for the checks and service - thanks all (except US1, that is - humph!)
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