Secrets of the Toolbox: Lotto-Soudal

We speak to Lotto-Soudal's Frederik Moons about his top maintenance tips

Frederick Moons has been spannering for Lotto-Soudal for five years so it’s safe to say he knows a few things about maintaining a bike. We spoke to him about life as a mechanic on a WorldTour team.

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His favourite tools are (unsurprisingly) his allen keys, after all you can probably fix and adjust 80 per cent of a bike with these alone. He says they are perfect for the start line of a race in case a rider needs to make small adjustments to their saddle height.

Moons’ favourite rider to work with is André Greipel. Apparently the German powerhouse is very professional around his mechanics and will always be understanding if a mechanic makes a mistake. You can see our Pro Bike Check with Greipel’s gorgeous Ridley Noah SL here.

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Finally we asked Moons what unusual mechanic’s trick he has up his sleeve. Apparently the sprinters in Lotto-Soudal sometimes like to use bar tape on their pedals for a more secure connection. We assume that this means power is transferred more directly when you try to accelerate rapidly, maybe it’s a bodge to try at home!