Bike riding is a fun activity that also provides a good workout for the body. It is an excellent outdoor activity that can be enjoyed even as people begin to age. Learning to ride can be challenging for some people and the use of stabilisers provides a gradual transition. You can learn to steer and get the hang of the pedals and brakes without having to worry with balance. Installing stabilisers on bikes such as the Schwinn brand is a fairly easy process that requires only a few common tools.
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Things you need
- Schwinn bike
- Schwinn stabilisers
- Adjustable wrench
Position the Schwinn bike so that it is secure and will not easily fall over while the stabilisers are installed. Locate the rear axle on the bike and the two nuts that attach the axle and wheel assembly to the bike.
Assemble the two Schwinn stabilisers before attaching to the bike. Use a nut, washer and bolt to secure a wheel to the lower hole of one training wheel bracket. The opposite end of the bracket will have a slot rather than a hole. Make sure you position the bracket so it will extend outward and down when the bracket is attached to the bike and the wheel is on the outside of the bracket away from the bike. Use an adjustable wrench and pliers to tighten the nut and bolt. Repeat the process for the second bracket.
Loosen the nut on one side of the axle with an adjustable wrench and remove the nut from the threaded stud of the axle. Place the slot of bracket over the threaded axle stud. Slide a U-shaped retainer onto the threaded stud and down over the Schwinn training wheel bracket. Position the tabs of the retainer so they line up with the holes drill in the bike frame.
Thread the nut you previously removed back onto the axle stud and finger-tighten at this point. Repeat the process for the bracket on the opposite side of the bike.
Position the bike so that it is vertical with the ground. Place a shim that is 1/4-inch thick under each Schwinn training wheel. Tighten the axle nuts securely on both sides with an adjustable wrench. The stabilisers should be slightly off the ground when the bike is sitting straight.
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