Dynacraft Hot Wheels 14″ Kids’ Bicycle Assembly
Hi, I’m Chris, and today,
we’re going to be assembling the Hot Wheels
18-inch Kids’ Bicycle.
Before we get started on this speed machine,
you’ll need a few tools: one or two 15-millimeter wrenches,
an adjustable wrench, a Philips-head screwdriver,
and a standard Schraeder-type tire pump.
Scissors or a box cutter may also be helpful,
as well as some white grease for lubrication.
Open the box and check that all parts are present.
You can check against the list in the assembly manual.
If any parts are missing or damaged,
or if you have any trouble with the assembly,
don’t return to the store.
Call Dynacraft at 1-800-551-0032.
We strongly recommend reading the manual
or watching this video all the way through before beginning.
If you aren’t comfortable with the assembly,
you should bring your new ride to your local bike shop
to have a qualified mechanic put it together for you.
In any event, you need to read the entire Owner’s Manual
that came with the bike before you ride
or let anyone else ride it.
This video is not a substitute for the manual,
which contains very important information
for the safe use of your new bike.
As we assemble the bike, it’s a good idea
to place a little white grease or anti-seize compound
on the seat post, stem, and thread of the bolts
to prevent rusting.
Got your tools?
Let’s get started!
You’ll see that the frame, handlebars, front wheel,
and other components are attached with zip ties.
Lift everything out in one piece, and set it down,
with the chain facing upwards.
Cut the zip ties, and remove any padding or packaging.
First, align the fork.
Rotate it, making sure the fork
is pointing in the right direction,
with the fork blades facing forward.
On to the pedals!
Remember the old saying, “Righty tighty, lefty loosy?”
Well, for bicycle pedals, that’s only half true.
Fortunately, the side that turns “right” is on the right!
The left pedal is reverse threaded,
so make sure you choose the correct pedal for each side.
A red sticker should indicate the right side,
and a green sticker is for the left.
Place the pedal into the crank,
and use your fingers to get it started.
Threading it in can be tricky,
so make sure to do it correctly.
Regardless of which side you’re working on,
the top of the thread will rotate towards the front
of the bike to tighten the bolts.
Once you’ve finger tightened the pedals,
use your 15-millimeter wrench to snug them down.
They are properly tightened when the pedal spindle,
which is the axle that the pedal platform spins around,
begins to bite into the metal on the crank.
Your Hot Wheels bike has a quick-release seat post,
so installing the saddle is very easy.
Just add a little white grease inside the seat tube
and slide the post into the seat tube,
estimate the placement while making sure
the minimum-insertion mark is hidden,
and tighten the quick-release lever.
Rotating it clockwise with the lever open
will tighten the clamp,
and you lock it into place like this.
It should take some effort to close it,
but if you have to force it, loosen the lever one rotation.
Next, take a look at the handlebar assembly.
Remove the plastic protector on the bottom of the stem,
and add a little white grease inside the steerer tube.
Lift the handlebar assembly to the steerer tube,
making sure this wedge is loose.
Slide the stem down into the steerer tube.
Check for the minimum insertion mark.
For safe riding, the minimum insertion mark
should never be showing.
Align the stem by looking down at the fork.
The handlebars should be perpendicular to the fork.
Use your adjustable wrench fasten it in place.
We will set it up later.
Now we’ll install the front wheel.
Check the tire sidewall
for the correct direction of rotation.
If you can’t find that symbol,
it means the tire can be installed in either direction.
To install the front wheel, place it on the ground,
and set the fork onto the gaps between the hub
and retaining washers.
If there isn’t enough room,
just open the nuts a little farther.
Install the two retaining washers with the raised lip
pointed towards the fork, and insert into the small hole
in the fork blade.
Use your fingers to tighten the wheel nuts evenly.
We want the wheel to be in the middle of the fork.
If it’s not even, adjust the placement with the wheel nuts
by loosening and tightening either side.
Use your 15-millimeter wrench to tighten the wheel.
This is where that second wrench can be helpful.
Now we need to check to make sure everything is tight.
Standing in front of the bike,
grab the wheel between your knees,
and try to move the handlebar from side to side.
It should not move.
If it does, tighten the stem a little more
until it’s secure.
The training wheels are easy.
Lay the bike down on one side.
Remove the outer nut on the rear axle,
but make sure you leave the square plate and inner nut
Then slide the training-wheel support into place.
Tighten the nut back up.
Do the same for the other side.
Now it’s time to pump up the tires.
Check the sidewall of the tires
for the correct inflation range,
which will be a number followed by PSI.
Our bike is built, but it’s not time to ride, yet.
Before hopping on, we need to set up the bike for the rider.
Let’s start with the seat.
Have your little guy stand to the left of the bike,
open the quick release,
then raise or lower the saddle
so that it’s just below his hips,
making sure the minimum-insertion mark remains hidden.
Tighten it, then have him hop on to see how it feels.
At the bottom of the pedal stroke,
his knee should have a slight bend in it.
To start, he may prefer a somewhat lower seat height.
The saddle should also always be parallel with the ground.
Adjust the handlebar height by loosening the bolt
at the top of the stem, and slide it up and down.
Take note of the minimum insertion mark,
and make sure to check that the stem connection
is properly tightened as we did earlier.
To rotate the handlebar, just loosen this bolt,
place the handlebar in a comfortable spot for the rider,
then tighten it up again.
The Hot Wheels bike has a fun feature.
A carrier for Hot Wheels cars that mounts on the handlebar.
It even lights up and makes sounds, too!
Cars are sold separately.
To install the carrier, pull this tab, here,
and fit the back onto the track.
Simply slide it down until it locks in place.
A tab on top opens it up to reveal slots for the cars.
To take the case off of the bike,
just pull this tab again and slide it up and off.
Buttons here, and here, activate the lights and sounds.
The case comes with batteries already installed.
To replace them,
open this battery compartment
with a Philips-head screwdriver.
Next, attach the pad,
which installs with a hook and loop closure.
Great, we’re set up!
Now, we need to make sure everything is working properly.
Your bike may require some adjustments and tuning
from a professional bike mechanic.
This bike is equipped with a coaster brake,
and we need to make sure it’s working.
Hold up the back of the bike and spin the rear wheel.
Now, apply backwards pressure to the pedals.
Your wheel should stop.
If not, please give Dynacraft a call!
If a wheel is wobbling, it may be out of true.
That can be caused by uneven spoke tightness,
or some damage.
In that case, you should go to a bike shop for assistance.
To balance the bike with the training wheels,
set the bike upright perfectly straight,
and loosen the nut on one side.
Leave about a quarter-inch space between the ground
and the training wheel.
Once the training wheel is in place,
tighten the nut back up.
Now do the same for the other side.
The space between the ground and training wheel
should be exactly the same on both sides.
Before the first ride,
it’s a good idea to go over all of the nuts and bolts,
even those you didn’t work on for this installation.
Make sure they are snug, but don’t over-tighten!
You should also lubricate the chain using a lube
specifically made for bicycles.
Most other common oils will not provide
the required lubrication.
As the bike is being used,
never ignore unusual sounds and mechanical difficulties,
as these can lead to loss of control,
and never neglect proper maintenance and tire inflation.
Check the tires before every ride, and of course,
always make sure the rider wears a helmet!
So that’s how we assemble the
Dynacraft Hot Wheels 18-inch Bicycle.
Now send your little racer out for a fun ride!
This video is for informational purposes only
and does not replace the Owner’s Manual
supplied with the product.
Please read the Owner’s Manual
for complete assembly instructions
and important safety information.
And remember, be safe.
Last update on 2020-05-29 / Disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.