Tips & Tricks
We are proud of our products and want you to enjoy them for as long as possible. Useful information about your VAUDE products and instructions can be found here.
CARE & MAINTENANCE
Our products are made with a passion for design and high quality materials. Nevertheless, or precisely because of this, they also need the right care in order to function optimally in the long run.
Use a sponge and mild soap to clean dirt and light stains. If a pack gets really grimy, you can clean it under running water. Don’t remove the metal frame of a VAUDE backpack for cleaning though. To dry it, hang it up in a well-ventilated area.
NOTE: Do not dry clean bike backpacks or try to wash them in a washing machine!
From time to time, the waterproofing on your pack can wear off when it’s exposed to too much rain or sun. When this happens, we recommend re-waterproofing your pack with Nikwax Tent & Gear Solarproof.
You can find more information on product care and maintenance here.
All VAUDE products have a statutory warranty period of two years. For all “Made in Germany” products, we have even extended this to five years.
If you’ve got a defective product, you can find out if it meets the warranty conditions here.
When you’re away from home on your bike, you should always have certain tools with you in case of emergency. Otherwise you could end up stuck and have to find another way to get back home. Of course, these tools should be lightweight and user-friendly.
Your basic kit should include a replacement tube, patch kit, tire lever, multi-tool and mini bike pump. You can expand this with an allen key set, spoke wrench, cable ties, a CO2 pump including cartridge or a mini chain riveter.
VAUDE backpacks have a separate tool compartment that’s easily accessible from the outside. If you’re riding with a group, it makes sense to agree on who will carry the tool set so the others don’t have to carry as much weight.
If you’re heading out on a multi-day ride, you need to think carefully about what you want to take with you. Space is limited and the weight should be kept as low as possible (max. 10 kg). When choosing a pack, you should take a good look at its compartment distribution.
What do you really need to take?
Apart from the clothing and gear that you wear, we recommend the following items:
• Light change clothes
• Insulation jacket or vest
• Bike gloves
• Change gear trousers
• Change jersey (short and long)
• Rain jacket
• Cap or headband
• Sunscreen (at least SPF 30)
• Wash bags and hygiene products
• Hut sleeping bag
• First aid kit including necessary medication and disinfectants
• ID card
• Credit card
• Topographic map
• GPS device
• Mobile phone/Smartphone incl. Powerbank
• Replacement hose
• Patch kit
• Tyre levers
• Pump/ damper pump
• Mini tool
• Spare switch lug
• Chain ring replacement
This list is for orientation purposes only. It’s not complete and of course, you’ll have your own individual requirements. In addition, the time of year will play a big role when it comes to deciding what to take with you.
Here are a few tips to help you adjust your pack correctly when it’s fully loaded:
- Loosen the shoulder straps and the load positioning straps.
- Put on the pack and close the hipbelt. The hipbelt should sit snugly on the top of your pelvic girdle.
- Then stand up straight and slowly tighten the shoulder straps until they fit snugly on your shoulders without the pack pulling upward when you bend forward.
- If your pack has them, tighten the load positioning straps and close the sternum strap. The sternum strap determines the distance between the shoulder straps, and should be adjusted when you’re in a riding position.