How to Finish Building Your New Bike at Home

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A person pulls an unassembled bike out of a box

After your new bike has been shipped to you, there are a few simple steps to get it ready to ride. Your bike arrives with detailed assembly instructions, which we’ve summarized in the video below. These instructions apply to all types of bikes: mountain, hybrid, road, kids' bikes and more.


Video: How to Assemble Your New Bike


Final assembly of your new bike requires these five steps:

  1. Unbox the bike 
  2. Install the handlebar 
  3. Install the seatpost 
  4. Attach the front wheel 
  5. Attach the pedals (not all bikes come with pedals)

For step-by-step instructions, read our Bicycle Preparation Guide.

If you need more help, email your assembly questions to or call REI at 1-800-426‑4840.

If you need any additional bike tools or a bike pump, we can help with that, too.


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