Tip 1: Basic cleaning
Particularly conscientious bike enthusiasts may have cleaned their bike thoroughly in autumn before storing it in the basement for winter. If you have either not done that or forgot to do it, it is definitely time to grab a cleaning cloth now! Mild soapy water, a sponge and a soft handle brush are usually sufficient for a proper basic clean. Then it is time to get started and pamper your bike. In addition it is much more enjoyable to take your bike for a spin when it is sparkling clean.
Tip 2: Tire check
After thoroughly cleaning your bike, take a close look at the tires. If the tires are brittle, have a hole or the profile is totally worn out, you need to change and replace them. After many months in the basement without being used, the inner tubes have run out of air. This is perfectly normal and not dependent whether the bike was stored hanging or standing. To pump up the tires we recommend a floor pump with a pressure gauge to correctly determine the pressure needed. A good average value for optimal tire pressure is around two bar.
Tip 3: Clean and lubricate chain
The bike chain is next. However before cleaning and lubricating the chain please check that the individual pieces engage perfectly with each other. If this is not the case, it is vital that you replace the old with a new chain. When rust has accumulated, a simple chain cleaner followed by a few drops of oil will help get the cycling season off to a smooth start. For this it is best to use a clean cloth and an old toothbrush for the gaps. After that oil the chain in one go and wipe off the excess oil with a cloth.
Tip 4: Check brakes and shifting system (gears)
Testing the brakes and the gears not only applies to the spring check-up but to every ride. Before you hop on your bike please check that the brakes and gear shifting system are working properly. If this is not the case, we recommend going to a bike repair shop you trust and have the problem professionally fixed as such repairs are not easy.
Tip 5: Tighten screws
Then you proceed to checking the screws! Check each individual screw for tightness. Whilst lifting and then dropping the bike gently listen for any noises, they will indicate whether some screws may have loosened over the winter. If you discover a loose screw, simply tighten it with a wrench or a jaw spanner. The screws on the brake discs, the stem and the handlebar are particularly important.
Tip 6: Check lights
According to the road traffic regulations, working lights and reflectors are just as much part of the bike as the bell and brakes. That’s why you must not forget the lighting system as part of your spring bike-service. Whether this works can also be quickly and easily tested at home. If necessary, simply change batteries and light bulbs or reset the dynamo.
Tip 7: Adjust saddle and handlebar
Also devote a few minutes to the correct adjustment of the frame, saddle and handlebar. This will prevent unnecessary strain on your body or cramps when cycling later. The ideal handlebar and saddle height depends on several factors such as the type of bike, body size and personal riding style. But the most important thing with all these adjustments is that you are comfortable.
Tip 8: Check accessories
Last but not least, you also need to take a look at your accessories. Check the replacement inner tube for tears or punctures, the bicycle pump for functionality and that your tool set is complete. That way you are well preparted even in an event of a breakdown. Also take a closer look at your bike helmet. Does it already show too many signs of wear and does it even still fit well? If not, you can find out more here how to select a bike helmet that fits.
An elated start to the bike season in spring
However it is not only your bike but you too, who needs to start into spring in tiptop condition. If you have not kept up some kind of fitness regime during the winter be it indoors or outdoors, you will probably have to get used to this type of movement again come spring. Therefore the initial ride should be over a moderate distance with little incline and a slow pace. You can then of course improve ride by ride. Your body will also thank you for it, since painful muscle soreness usually can be avoided with this strategy.
Can’t wait to get back on your bike and discover nature, which is particularly colourful in spring? With us you will find plenty of cycling tours for the spring season and we will point out to you, which regions are best suited for the start of the season.