Hi I recently purchased a Raleigh Alpine 4.2 Shimano.

I am having a bit of difficulty with assembling the bike. Would anyone be able to assist with fitting the front wheel. I have included pictures of the right side of the front wheel the left side and the fork of the bike.

With regard to the brakes, it seems that the brake cable fits into a small hole on the silver lever on the left. I don't want to damage anything hence I don't want to apply force. The red and silver cable seems to large to fit into this hole. Does anyone know which part of the cable should be placed in this hole?

Thanks for any assistance let me know if any further info is required.

The right side of the wheel The left side of the wheel The fork of the bike Close up of right side Close up of left side Rear brakes

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    There is a plastic cap on the wheel axle on the second and the last picture. Also, there is some sort of filler/protector on the fork. Please remove them, have a good look and describe what kind of problem you exactly have.
    – Mike
    Mar 21, 2018 at 14:30
  • Yep, remove the protectors installed to help reduce shipping damage. Mar 21, 2018 at 15:08
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    Are there no instructions provided by Raleigh? Mar 21, 2018 at 15:43
  • @Mike I managed to sort out the front wheel thanks. Please see if you know which part of the break cable needs to fit into the silver attachment on the left. I want to avoid applying too much force.
    – John Doe
    Mar 21, 2018 at 17:24
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    Re need of adjustment - totally does not surprise me that an inexpensive bike that is shipped disassembled needs adjusting, but there is a video for that Mar 21, 2018 at 18:05

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The internet is replete with resources for bike assembly and maintenance. Park Tool Company has a particularly comprehensive set of articles and YouTube videos.

Wheel axle obviously fits into the slots in the dropouts in the fork, and then the nuts are tightened on the axle. I imagine you need to know if the washers go inside or outside the dropout slots.

Check out this article, look for a section titled "Solid Axle Systems", You can see that the tab washers go outside and fit into a hole in the dropout.

  • Thanks yes I managed to fit it based on the article. If you have a chance please see the updated question regarding the rear brakes.
    – John Doe
    Mar 21, 2018 at 17:21

Your other question should really be asked separately.

V Brake setup

This is how V Brakes should look when assembled. The rubber Boot will slide to the right, and you will see a hole in the noodle holder that holds the noodle. It should take a bit of squeezing on the Arms to get it all fitting through.

Once its all assembled, you should be able to squeeze the brake lever up on the bars, and the two arms will lean-in at the same rate, and then pull off at the same rate and offset. Shouldn't have one arm moving a lot more than the other. This can be adjusted iteratively with the Spring Tension Screw on the bottom of both brake arms.

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