Recumbent User Manual
Assembly and Registration
Your local bike shop will assemble and test each bike before delivery. If you have received your bike in a less than fully assembled condition, it is the bike shop's responsibility to provide any necessary re-assembly instructions. If for any reason you are uncomfortable with the setup of your bike upon delivery, don’t ride it. Contact PHOENIX BIKE WRX at (620) 846-2209.
YOUR SERIAL NUMBER & WARRANTY REGISTRATION
You will find your serial number of your PHOENIX BIKE WRX bike embossed in one of 3 locations. (See Photos Below)
Phoenix serial number is located on the kickstand plate. Please include your serial number with your online warranty registration. Ask your dealer for the serial number if you have trouble reading or locating it.
Register online @ www.phoenixbikewrx.com.
It is vital that you register your warranty with PHOENIX BIKE WRX so that you may be informed of product safety actions or other issues that may arise regarding the maintenance and operation of your bike.
It is PHOENIX BIKE WRX'S policy to restrict use of warranty registration data solely to the PHOENIX BIKE service department, unless the bike owner has specifically requested to be included to receive marketing materials for PHOENIX BIKE products. In no instance will any owner or warranty data be offered to any outside entity, except in event of a product recall or safety advisory.
PHOENIX BIKE WRX Custom Components
Terra Cycle Idler
Flute Tube & Sprint Brace
Making It Fit
PHOENIX BIKE WRX bikes are designed to fit all sizes of riders, and to accommodate them with a range of comfort options. Finding your best riding position is easier when you begin with a good fundamental riding posture. Here's how to begin:
Finding The Correct Seat Adjustment
To find the right seat position, mount the bike. Hold a brake lever as you mount. On long-wheelbase models, just step over the frame and seat yourself. On the Screamer captains position, take hold of the seat back with one hand, hold the handlebar grip with the other, fold the riser forward, step over the frame and seat yourself.
REMEMBER: IF YOU LET UP ON THE BRAKE, THE BIKE MAY ROLL.
Lift your foot and rotate the pedal counter-clockwise to the extended position. Sitting with your back against the seat and your leg fully extended, your heel should rest squarely on the pedal. If your knee is bent, move the seat as required to bring your heel to the pedal with your leg held straight.
Proper Seat Adjustment
The oval or v-clamp seat clamp system will release enough to slide with deployment of the QR handle. For seat back tilt adjustments, pull the pins
from the sprint brace tubes. When the seat is positioned as desired, clamp with the QR handle. If the sprint brace tube pins have been removed,
replace them before mounting the bike. Both oval and v-clamps can be adjusted for more clamping pressure by tightening the QR. The top adjustment of the clamp should be set to allow the seat to slip over the shoulder bolts but not move side to side. Use (2) 6mm Allan wrenches to adjust.
Now, with the brakes still applied and sitting back in the seat, place the ball of your foot on the pedal, extend your leg fully and apply pressure. In
this position, which represents the bottom power of your stroke, your knee should be slightly bent.
At first you may prefer your seat upright. After gaining riding experience, you may want to try a more reclined position. Minor adjustments are made by pulling the pins from the sprint brace tubes and tilting the seat to the position you want.
Adjusting Your Riser
There are different designs of handlebars and risers used on PHOENIX BIKES.
Height and bar position are adjustable throughout a three-inch range at both ends of the riser. Using a hex wrench, loosen the clamps, adjust and retighten. You should be able to sit back comfortably in the seat, resting hands on the handlebar grips with elbows gently bent. The handlebar should be roughly chest high. The handlebar should not crowd your face, chest or knees.
PHOENIX BIKES tandems feature the Flip-It riser. You may also install it on the Phoenix 700. The Flip-It folds forward, away from the seat, letting you mount the bike easily. There should be sufficient tension on the quick-release to keep the riser firmly in place when you pull it back to the riding position. Use care not to excessively leverage the quick-release as this can over-tighten the Flip-It mechanism and deform the clamping mechanism or fork steer tube. Flip-Its without the quick-releases need only occasional adjustment of tension. Use a hex wrench to adjust until it moves smoothly with some friction. The Flip-It folds forward, away from the seat, a self locking bolt at the base of the riser adjusts tension, controlling the riser’s freedom of movement. Sufficient tension should be applied to keep the Flip-It play free, with some light friction. The travel of the Flip-It is limited by a set screw at its base. Adjust this screw with a hex wrench to adjust the lay of the handlebar when pulled fully into your chest. With either riser, the handlebar should not crowd your face, chest, or knees.
For bar and riser combinations see our catalog
Warning! The 3-Inch Rule: When clamping handlebars together, be sure three inches of the inner bar remain inside the larger tube.
PHOENIX BIKE WRX Handlebars
Warning! Control of the brake will be compromised if the handlebar is positioned forward of the fork's center of pivot.
Riding Your Phoenix Bike
If you’re unaccustomed to recumbent riding, it may take some practice to control the bike with confidence. Practice on a smooth surface with plenty of room, free of traffic and obstacles. An empty parking lot is ideal. Its important to become acquainted with your bike before mixing with traffic.
APPLY A BRAKE WHEN MOUNTING. IF A BRAKE IS NOT APPLIED WHEN MOUNTING THE BIKE MAY ROLL.
Lean back in the seat. Relax your back, shoulders, neck and arms. Turn the handlebar left and right. Lean on one foot, then the other to acquaint yourself with the weight and balance.
Check your gear settings. Begin on a level surface in a low gear.
Now sit back and relax. Focus your attention well ahead. This helps avoid over controlling and wobbling. Try gentle turns in both directions. Acquaint yourself with the brakes by applying them gently. Try U-turns in both directions. Try circles.
If you’re riding a short-wheelbase model, beware of striking your heels on the front wheel during sharp turns. This happens because the bottom bracket is located close to the front wheel. Learn to point your toes forward a bit when turning a tight corner.
As your balance improves, you will not need to correct your steering as much and “heel-strike” will happen much less often.
Shift and acquaint yourself with the bike's gearing. Anticipate the need to shift down, as when approaching traffic lights, so you'll be in a low gear when starting again.
Look around and enjoy the view! You can see in all directions without neck strain. Practice looking in the rear-view mirror and over your shoulders. Watch out for the natural tendency to steer the bike into the traffic lane when you check traffic behind you.
Anytime you're in traffic on any kind of bike, ride as if you're invisible. Do not assume other vehicle operators see you.
After a half hour or so, you should be confident in your balance and control. Remember, riding a Phoenix bike is a natural position, so relax.
Caring For Your Phoenix Bike
The Phoenix bike frame requires little to maintain. Keep it clean and dry. Dirt, dust and grit can be removed safely by spraying with common furniture polish and wiping with a clean cloth. Although not required, automotive wax may be applied to finished surfaces. Avoid high pressure spray. Trapped water can promote corrosion and damage moving parts.
To extend the life and efficiency of your drive train, use a degreaser to remove grit from the chain, chain rings, derailleurs and brake pivots; lubricate to reduce friction and corrosion. Your local bike shop offers cleaning products and lubricants appropriate for your locale.
PHOENIX BIKE WRX recumbent seats are state-of-the-art, built for comfort, performance and durability. Light, isolated soiling can be removed with a damp cloth. For a more thorough cleaning of the seat bottom or mesh, remove and hand or machine-wash with a mild detergent. Air dry. To remove mud or other heavy soiling from the seat back, remove the seat from the frame, wash with soap and water, rinse and air-dry. Seat bottom and back fabrics are designed to easily be replaced.
PHOENIX BIKE WRX bikes use high-pressure tires for reduced rolling resistance. Recommended pressures are found on the tire sidewalls.
Our bikes use tubes with Presta-style valves, and adapters are included for common Shrader-style fittings. Presta valves require finger-loosening the valve stem before air is added to the tube, and re-tightening when complete.
WHEELS AND BRAKES
Before wheel removal, open brakes as per applicable procedure: Pull the cable lead tube from the yoke on the right brake arm.
Open and rotate the quick-release lever counter-clockwise to remove the forward wheel. To remove the rear wheel, shift the chain to the smallest sprocket on the rear cassette (highest setting on the right gear shifter) and open the quick-release; once it drops from the fork, remove the chain from the sprocket.
When replacing wheels, we recommend Q.R. levers are positioned so that the lever points to the rear of the bike, and that the Q.R. is tight enough that the lever will leave a slight imprint on your hand after it is “cammed over”. Be sure axles are properly aligned in the dropouts, brakes are closed, and Q.R. levers are shut.
Warning! Riding with loose or open quick releases can result in serious injury.