Full Text Searchable PDF User Manual
Congratulations! You’ve got a brand new Cleary Bike! Before you get rolling, there are a few simple
steps you need to take to ensure a safe and fun ride for your child.
First, register your bike on our website,
. Registration validates your warranty and
allows us to keep you apprised of changes, news, and special deals.
You can reach us with your bike and riding questions, comments, or concerns via email at
, or on the phone at
We’re always happy to hear from you!
Next, it’s time to assemble and adjust the bike for your young rider. This manual has all the informa-
tion you need. You can also go to our website,
, for video assembly instructions and
If you purchased your bike from a dealer, who assembled and adjusted it, and gave you some tips,
we still encourage you to read this manual through before taking your rider out for a spin.
What You Get
What You’ll Need
Inflate The Tires
Before The Ride
Care and Maintenance
3 - 9
448 Coloma Street
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 528-KIDS / (415) 528-5437
WHAT YOU GET
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
The tools you’ll need to put your bike together and adjust it properly are:
• 5mm Allen wrench
• 6mm Allen wrench
• 15 mm open wrench (or small, adjustable crescent wrench)
• Schrader valve tire pump
DISCONNECT FRONT BRAKES
INSTALL HUB SKEWER
INSTALL FRONT WHEEL
TIGHTEN FRONT WHEEL NUTS
Screw this nut
on by hand.
Finish tightening with a 5mm Allen
wrench. Make sure the fit is snug,
then crank it a little bit tighter.
FRONT OF BIKE
RECONNECT THE FRONT BRAKE
Check all brake connections.
Test the brakes by squeezing
the grips and pushing the bike
REMOVE HANDLEBAR CLAMP PLATE
REPLACE HANDLEBAR CLAMP PLATE
ADJUST STEM ALIGNMENT
Make sure the handlebar is perpendicular to the
front wheel. To correct the alignment, loosen the
rear stem bolts enough to allow the handlebar
to rotate independently. Move the handlebar into
the correct position and firmly tighten the stem
Working in an “x” pattern, tighten each of the bolts
about 1/4 turn per pass to keep the tension even.
The gaps between the face plate and the base
should be the same on the top and bottom of the
INSTALL RIGHT PEDAL
Screw the right pedal into the crank
arm by hand, turning
Lightly tighten with the wrench.
INSTALL LEFT PEDAL
Screw the left pedal into the crank arm
by hand, turning
Lightly tighten with the wrench.
INSTALL AND ADJUST SADDLE
Loosen the seat post clamp bolt if necessary.
Slide the seat post into the seat tube. Position the
saddle so that it is approximately the same height
as your child’s hip and tighten the seat post clamp
Adjust the seat forward or back by loosening the
6 mm bolt underneath the saddle.
Your child should be able to sit on the saddle
and reach the handlebar grips with slightly bent
Remove the dust cap from the tire valve and check the pressure using a pressure gauge. If you don’t
have a pressure gauge, squeeze the tires. They should feel very firm, but give a little when strong
pressure is applied. Fill the tires to the recommended pressure using a bicycle pump with a “Schrad-
er” valve. Pressure recommendations can be found on the tire sidewall and also below.
12” Starfish - 35 to 40 PSI
12” Gecko - 35-40 PSI
16” Hedgehog - 40-65 PSI
20” Owl - 40-65 PSI
INFLATE THE TIRES
It’s important to make sure handlebar and saddle positioning are correct and that the brakes are
working before heading out for a ride.
First, do a visual check. The rider should be able to sit on the saddle with feet touching the ground
and reach the handlebars with slightly bent elbows.
Next, ask the rider to check the brakes. All Cleary bikes have front and rear hand brakes. The Gecko
also has pedal (coaster) brakes. Riders should be able to grasp the hand brakes easily while seated
on the bike. Ask the rider to squeeze and release the brakes, practicing the “stop” and “go” posi-
While state laws vary, we strongly believe that all riders should wear properly fitted helmets every
time they ride. For new riders, we recommend practicing on a soft surface (like a grassy field). Having
a soft landing pad will help beginning riders avoid injury and gain confidence while they learn.
BEFORE THE RIDE
Periodic checks and simple maintenance will keep your sturdy Cleary Bike in tip-top shape.
Keep your bike gleaming by washing it with a sponge, water, and degreaser. Dry it with a towel or
soft cloth. Avoid using soap!
Check the chain periodically to see that it is properly lubricated. If it appears dry, or if it becomes
clogged with debris, wash the chain using a degreaser. To relubricate, apply bike lubricant to the
chain (not too much) as you crank the peddles with your hand. If possible, let the bike sit overnight,
then rub the chain lightly to remove excess lubricant. Proper lubrication will prevent corrosion and
ensure that the drive train operates smoothly.
To lubricate the brake cables disconnect the brakes (see page 3). Moisten a rag with bike lubricant
and run it over the cables. Reconnect the brakes and test them (see page 5).
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
NUTS, BOLTS, AND FASTENERS
It’s a good idea to do a periodic visual check of all the nuts, bolts and fasteners on the bike to make
sure that none of them are loose, missing, or damaged.
TIRE AND WHEEL CONDITION AND PRESSURE
Check the tire pressure regularly to make sure the tires are inflated to the recommended PSI (printed
on tire sidewall and on page 9). Correct tire pressure will extend the life of the tires, and make for a
safer and more comfortable ride. Inspect the tires periodically and replace any tires that show cracks,
cuts, uneven wear, or bald spots.
If you find the wheel rims are not running “true,” or evenly through the brake pads, have them in-
spected and adjusted by a qualified bicycle mechanic. You can also contact us for assistance.
Verifying proper brake function can help avoid accidents and injury. First do a visual inspection
to make sure the cables are seated correctly and the levers appear to be in good working order.
Squeeze the brake levers. The brake pads should contact the wheel rim before the brake lever touch-
es the handle grip. If they don’t, use the cable adjuster to shorten the cable and then re-test. The
brake pads should strike the wheels flatly and evenly, hitting on the alloy rim (not the tire). If the pads
are not connecting properly have the bike serviced by a qualified bicycle mechanic.
Inspect the cables periodically and have a qualified bicycle mechanic replace any that show signs of
corrosion, fraying, or rust.
Cleary Bikes have bearings located at the hubs, crank, headsets, and pedals. Bearings in need of
repair will make loud or uneven noises. Maintenance and repair to the bearings should be performed
by a qualified bicycle mechanic. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your bike’s
All Cleary Bikes are equipped with reflectors; a white front reflector, a red rear reflector, two white
wheel reflectors, and four orange pedal reflectors. Reflectors are legally required and important
for safety. To function properly they must remain clean, in good condition, and securely fitted at all
Always wear a helmet.
In wet weather, take precautions. Caution your rider to bike more slowly and allow more time for
Avoid riding at night. If necessary, wear bright clothes, use a full set of CPSC compatible reflectors
and a lighting set that includes a white front and red rear lamp.
Cleary Bikes stands behind our bicycles for as long as you ride it.
The original purchaser has a lifetime warranty against any and all
manufacturer’s defects on the bike.
Ride hard! We’ll be here if you need us.
- Small Parts
Not for children under 3 years.
This bike is intended to be assembled by an adult.
STARFISH BIKE OWNER WARNING!