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Winter is (seemingly) over. High time to make the bike fit again! Because cycling not only saves gasoline and the annoying search for parking space, but also helps to get fit again.
Especially if you have not moved your bike for a while, you should first check brakes, light and tires. For all the rest, here are some tips, tricks, and life hacks to help you with your city and field tours.
1) Clothespin light
To be seen is important in road traffic just for cyclists. This clothespin light fits perfectly on the bike basket or other places where the normal clip is too narrow, and thus provides an additional light source. This is also the salvation if the bracket is lost or broken.
2) Transport handle
With a transport handle between saddle and down tube of the frame, the wheel can be easily carried. Ideal for commuters who need to climb stairs to the S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations.
3) rain protection
Although you thought of the smartphone navigation system during your bike tour, you did not expect rainfall? An empty plastic bottle becomes an improvised splash guard.
4) chain brush
Glue two toothbrushes together and you’ll get the perfect device to clean your chain.
5) De-rust the chain
Citric acid is an excellent rust remover. If you put an old, stiff bicycle chain in it for 2 to 3 hours, it can then be rinsed off easily and regreased.
A clever solution – not only if you have forgotten your bike lock : To a padlock on the brake disc bolt cutters or jacks (with which larger locks are often leveraged) difficult. And it fits comfortably in the purse. Anyone who wants to prevent the thieves from carrying the wheel should, of course, secure it with another lock.
So that the padlock does not damage the paint, you can put an old garden hose over it.
8) Bicycle rack
From two pallets a bicycle stand is easily built.
A retired road handlebar is on the wall to a practical as well as stylish suspension for the beloved bike.
10) snap hook
The briefcase is constantly falling off the luggage rack? A snap hook on the left and right and the bike bag is ready.
To keep your home-made bike bag from getting in the spokes, you can make a protective grille from hangers and cable ties .
12) Improvised apron
Bicycles without fender look chic only until the first rain comes. A cut-open PET bottle can help here.
13) Remove the chain
On a derailleur, you first take the tension out of the chain with a piece of wire. Now you put a pipe wrench diagonally on the outer links of the chain lock and push it in the opposite direction. Thus, the chain can be removed without special tools.
14) Washing in the bathtub
You can easily clean your dirty mountain bike if you simply brew it in the bathtub. To keep the drain from clogging, you should certainly use a drain filter.
In the 70s, children liked to stick playing cards to their rear wheels. If you go now, the spokes hear like a humming engine. Treat yourself to this fun and put you back in your childhood!
“Only connoisseurs ride bicycles and are always faster there” – who still knows who this song line is from? In any case, she still votes for city traffic. Helpful tricks, but if your Veloziped but has a breakdown, you will find in this post .
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