Fit for the season: Our Rückenwind bicycle check!

Tips for your bike

Oh yes – we all know it. . .
As soon as the days get longer and the temperatures rise, we pick up the bicycle from the cellar or shed and look forward to the first bike tour of the year.

Before the first bike ride it should be ensured that the bike is fit for the upcoming cycling season.

So that you have the perfect start to the cycling season, we will be happy to inspire you with tips on care, maintenance and repair.

It doesn’t take much to perform a perfect bike check.

The following Equipment should always be provided:

  • Cleaning cloths and sponge
  • Toothbrush
  • Oil and grease
  • Air pump
  • Repair gadget and bicycle tube
  • Replacement part if necessary

Your perfect start into the new bicycle season


At first, we recommend to remove all dirt and dust from the bicycle. Not only do you make the wheel shine, but you can even detect small defects in a short time.

1. Step

Is there enough tread on the tyre? Have there been any cracks in the mantle?

Is there still enough air on it?

Check the optical condition of the tyre in advance.

If the tyres are worn or there are cracks in the jacket, it is high time for a new bicycle tyre.

With a new bicycle tire, the risk of breakdowns is rather limited and you can ride much easier and safer.

Instructions for changing a bicycle tube

What to do when the tube needs to be changed

2. Step

Are the brake pads still okay? Is there any braking effect?

The top priority is of course the bicycle brake!

A small tip from us: Check briefly whether the braking distance remains crisp.

A common part of wear on the brakes is the brake pads. These can be easily replaced with rim brakes.

If the markings on the coverings are worn out, it is time to renew the coverings. More complex repairs, such as disc brakes, should always be carried out by a specialist.

After that, check the brakes. Free the brake trains of any dirt and rust. Re-grease your brake trains if they are heavy.

You can use creeping grease for re-greasing.

3. Step

Is the bicycle chain cleaned and oiled?

The precondition for a reliable bike tour is of course the drive.

Run the bicycle chain through an old rag or rag so that the dirt comes off the chain.

Now check whether the bike chain runs smoothly over the timing belt. Once the dirt has been removed, you should oil the chain.

To do this, inject a drop of oil into each chain element and then let the chain run through idle a few times.

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4. Step

Handlebars and saddle in the right place?

If all screws have been tightened tightly, another important test point has now been passed.

5. Step

Road safety on two wheels!

Check that the headlights and tail lights are working properly.

If this is not the case, in most cases the bulb is defective or a cable connection has broken off.

If necessary, replace the lamp and insert the cable connection neatly and firmly.

At the end

Finally, check that all screws are tightened and adjust them if necessary. Have you checked everything and repaired it if necessary? Then your bike is ready for spring. There’s nothing in the way of a bicycle tour!

Did you pass the bike check?

We wish all cyclists an adventurous and above all safe ride in the new season.

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