We’ve put together a checklist of 6 steps to whip your bike into shape. And don’t worry – these fixes are easy, even if you’re a bit on the mechanically challenged side.
Step 1: Clean
Roughly clean the bicycle frame with a brush before wiping it down with a sponge and lukewarm water and then drying it off. If your bike is caked with dirt, try using a high-pressure cleaner at a distance of at least 30cm. Dirt caught in the chain is best removed with a designated chain cleaner.
Easy Clean (Chain cleaner, 500ml)
Easy Clean Spray 500ml
Bike Cleaning Kit
All-In-One-Set mit Kettenöl, Fahrrad- und Kettenreiniger
Kettenreiniger Set CG-2.3 (Chain cleaner, Chain cleaner, Ritzelreiniger)
K 2 Premium Car CH-Version (1400W)
Hochdruckreiniger „K2 Premium Car“ mit Reinigungsmitteltank. Für leichtere Verschmutzungen an Fahrrädern, Gartenwerkzeugen oder Gartenmöbeln. Mit Waschbürste, Schaumdüse und Car Shampoo.
Step 2: Grease
Particularly the suspension fork, shock absorbers, break and shift cables as well as the chain and driving parts need to be greased. As regards the last two, less is more. So use the chain oil sparingly. Your best bet is to run the chain through a dry cloth after you’ve oiled it. To refresh those colours and make your trusted bike shine, apply a protective spray – it preserves bicycle parts and acts as a water-repellent.
Dry Power Lube (Chain oil, 100ml)
Zuverlässiges, biologisch abbaubares Kettenöl für reguläre Bedingungen.
Bike-Ausgabe 04/16: Sieger Preis/Leistung!
Suspension fork deo (Dichtungspflege, 100ml)
Bike Shine (300ml)
Bike Shine Spray 300ml
Step 3: Screws
Check the screws on the handlebars, stem, cranks and chain rings and tighten them if required. If you have a carbon bike, you should pay particular attention to the torque. Make sure to check all other moveable parts, too.
Allen wrench set
SK-1 Starter Set (11x)
Step 4: Pump
Check your tire pressure – the ideal pressure is usually indicated on the tire in Bar/PSI. Pump the tires if required. Also make sure to check the suspension fork and shock absorber pressure.
Joe Blow Sport II
Testurteil Mountainbike 01/17: "Überragend!"
Exakte und langlebige Pumpe mit praktischen Ventiladaptern!
Micro Shock fork/shock pump
Step 5: Brakes
Check the brake power and sensitivity of the brakes. If the brake power is unsatisfactory, the brake pads may have to be replaced. Weak disc brakes means the brakes may have to be vented.
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Avid ventilation kit (120ml)
CHF 26.10instead of 32.101
Dura-ace R55c4 (Shimano, Rubber)
Step 6: Lights
Is the front and backlight still working? You may have to replace the batteries or the light itself. If your bike has a good old-fashioned dynamo system, check the light cables if one of the lights is not working.
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EGO (20lm, 10lm)
Stilvolles und minimalistisches Design in vielen Farben! Der Akku kann per USB-Anschluss aufgeladen werden.
Beetle Twinpack (10lm, 1.60lm)
Small, reliable and easy to use.
Macro Drive / Micro Drive (400lm, 70lm)
Equipped for small emergency repairs
No matter how well prepared your bike is for the start of the season, you may still have to carry out the odd emergency repair at a later stage. For this reason, it is best to have a repair kit with all basic tools in your saddle bag. More advanced hobby mechanics should also consider equipping their bike with a hand pump and a replacement inner tube.
Survival Tool Wedge Pack II (Saddle bag, 1.25l)
Alloy Drive M
Sv17 (28", 1.13 - 1.75 ", Presta valve)
Alien 3 (25x)