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.
You can often make small repairs yourself. Try out our do-it-yourself instructions at iFixit.
In addition, we’ve put together a few pages on this in our Sustainability Report. Here you can also find short iFixit repair videos on many topics. You can also order spare parts or any special tools needed directly from this site as well.
If a buckle should break, for example, you can easily replace it. Just take the following steps:
- Measure the width of the webbing strap with a ruler or measuring tape to find the size that you’ll need.
- Remove the broken buckle from the webbing by first pulling the webbing through the locking strap and then unthreading it from the buckle.
- Follow the instructions in reverse order to finish your repair and attach the new buckle.
Tip: You can use a screwdriver or a pair of tweezers to help you pull the strap through if necessary.
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:
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.