How to Assemble a Ritchey Break-Away Bike


A lot of engineering has gone into making the Ritchey Break-Away Bike easy for you to assemble and ride.

The first couple times you assemble yours, make sure you take your time and get it down. The more you do it, the faster you’ll get. You will need an allen wrench set and a pedal wrench depending on the pedal type. A Ritchey torque key is recommended but not required.

Start by removing all the various pieces from the case and organizing them in front of you. If supplied, save any protective devices that you can use later and will help keep the bike protected during transit. Remove the tube pads from the two frame pieces and the protective covering from the cranks, as well as the elastic chain protector.

Position clamp ends so they face upwards

First, reinsert the skewers into each wheel. Then begin the main assembly by placing the two frame pieces into position. Install the seat post through the two pieces to join them. This helps align the lower part of the frame. Bring the two frame pieces together at the base of the down tube. Wrap the clamp around the two halves of the frame, positioning it so that the clamp ends face upwards. Make sure the bolt goes through the side of the clamp without the threads first. Use a 4mm allen wrench and completely tighten it down until snug. There should be an even gap in the clamp. If the ears of the clamp ever begin to touch that’s a sign of wear.

Be sure to check for wear on clamps

Next, align your saddle and position the seat post sat the desired height. Tighten it with a 5mm allen wrench. Set the chain in the rear chainring and install the wheel in the drops. Tighten and close the skewer. Put the front wheel on next, then tighten and close the skewer in the same manner.

When installing cables, tighten the splitter slightly, then feed cables through cable stops, and then fully tighten splitters

Remove the stem from the handlebar clamp. Put the bars in place, then insert and tighten the bolts by hand. Remove the front brake bolt and reattach the brake to the fork. When attaching the rear brake cable, begin by attaching the splitter part way. Put the cable in the cable housing stop then tighten the splitter completely. Attach derailleur cables in a similar fashion.

Lastly, put on your pedals. Check that the brakes are working properly, and you’re good to go!