Before departure


Part 1 of 2

Before each trip



Material failure due to natural wear and loose screw connections.Risk of accident and injury!

  • Before every journey, inspect the vehicle in accordance with the inspection instructions.
  • Use the vehicle only if it is undamaged.
  • Use the vehicle only if you can see no excessive wear and tear, no loose screw connections and no loose connectors.

→ Before every journey, inspect the vehicle in accordance with the inspection instructions.

Control instructions :

Screw and clip-type joints

Visually inspect screw and clip-type joints.


Test brake functionality.

Gear shifting system

Test gear shifting system functionality.


Visually inspect for correct positioning and alignment.Visually inspect thru-axles, quick releases and/or screw joints.


Visually inspect tyres for cracks or foreign bodies. Check and adjust tyre pressure.


Visually inspect frame for cracks, deformation or discolouration.


Test functionality by compressing and extending.

Rims and spokes

Visually inspect rims and spokes.

Quick releases

Check preload. Visually inspect quick releases for correct positioning.

Saddle / seat post

Visually inspect saddle / seat post.

Handlebars / handlebar stem

Check handlebars and handlebar stem are firmly in place. Visually inspect handlebars and handlebar stem for cracks, deformation or discolouration.


Test lighting functionality.


Test bell functionality.

  1. For brakes with quick-release levers, check on each brake that the quick-release lever is unlocked (see "Fig.: Position of quick-release lever").
  2. Check that the brakes are working. Actuate the brake levers and, if necessary, the coaster brake, and listen out for any unusual noises. When applying the brakes, check that the vehicle cannot be moved, or can only be moved with great difficulty.
  3. Check that the brake pads do not rub when the brake levers are released. Check whether the brake lever touches the handlebars when you actuate it. If necessary, ask your bicycle dealer to readjust the brakes or replace worn components.
  4. Check that the gearshift works. Check that it is possible to shift all gears correctly without hearing any unusual noise.compress and decompress the suspension fork. If you hear unusual noises or if the compression damping of the suspension fork is too soft, have the suspension fork adjusted by your bicycle dealer.
  5. If your vehicle is equipped with one, check that the quick-release axles and quick-release mechanisms are properly locked and adjusted.
  6. Make sure that the handlebars are square to the front wheel. If the handlebars are not square to the front wheel, adjust them.
  7. Check the operation of the horn and lighting system.Check that you can hear a clear sound when you activate the horn. Switch on the lighting system and check that the headlight and taillight come on.

For vehicles fitted with a dynamo, also turn the front wheel. Remove any dirt from the headlight, reflectors and taillight.


Part 2 of 2

Before the first trip



Unexpected vehicle behavior due to operating error. Risk of accident and injury!

Familiarize yourself with the vehicle before taking it on the road for the first time.

The vehicle has been fully assembled and adjusted by your bike dealer, and is roadworthy.

Please also note the following before your first ride:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the brake lever layout.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the arrangement of the brake levers.
  3. If the arrangement of the brake levers on the front or rear wheel seems unusual, ask your bicycle dealer to change it.
  4. Familiarize yourself, at moderate speed, with the braking characteristics of your type of brake.
  5. If you have hydraulic brakes, operate both brake levers several times, so that the brake pads are centered on the caliper.
  6. Make sure that the handlebars, seatpost and grips are securely fastened.
  7. Get used to your vehicle's driving behavior outside traffic.
  8. Check that you can adopt a comfortable sitting position on long trips, and that you can operate all handlebar components safely while riding (see chapter "General / Sitting position").