All about bicycles, pedelecs, technology and safety in the press

In our daily work as we deal with bicycle safety, technology and user manuals we come across lots of safety risks. The most frequent ones are published in articles of the leading German special-interest magazines TOUR – Europas Rennrad-Magazin Nr. 1, BIKE – Das Mountainbike Magazin Europas Nr. 1 and E-Bike – Das Pedelec-Magazin to make this information important for the sector accessible to a wider public.

For many years now the Eurobike Show Daily accompanying the annual international Eurobike Show has given us the opportunity to publish our perspective on major developments in the cycle industry in full-page articles.

We also speak regularly in independent lectures about all topics relating to bicycle technology and bicycle market. In addition, we are regularly cited by further special-interest magazines or trade journals as well as more and more by radio and television and in their media reports, which shows us that we are completely right with our information. The section NEWS informs you about the latest news from our specialist fields. The reports and publications of this section are listed chronologically or according to topics of interest.

Frankfurter Rundschau.de, 2020/06/01

Quiet low-flying engines

Pedelecs are popular, but at 15.5 mph for many people not fast enough. By means of minor technical trickeries you can easily achieve double performance which is an illegal and above all dangerous trend.

They are as big as matchboxes and make e-bikes twice as fast with a few simple operations: clip-on tuning kits, i.e. components designed to manipulate the speed limit of electric bikes. Although e-bike tuning for road traffic is illegal and dangerous, the demand for auxiliary devices pushing the speed is obviously high.

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The dangerous thing about tuning is above all the fact that components, such as handlebars, frames or seat posts suffer from “fatigue” and are therefore liable to break suddenly, says Dirk Zedler, Managing Director of Zedler-Institut für Fahrradtechnik und -Sicherheit. This can happen on a normal trip, with no special reason and without notice.” According to Zedler, knocked-out teeth, paraplegia and death are possible consequences.

However, manufacturers of e-bike drives have found a way to put a technical stop to the dangerous business with the manipulated boneshaker bikes: “We offer the possibility of connecting a second sensor via our CAN bus, i.e. the interface for data exchange, which allows the detection of excessive speeds”, explains Horst Schuster, Sales Manager of drive manufacturer Brose. The competitor Haibike also uses a sensor which, according to their own statements, makes manipulations by plug-on dongles impossible.

The Stuttgart company Bosch has integrated a recognition software in recent models. However, online dealers are already offering a new tuning kit that could at least bypass the protective mechanism of Bosch.

Read the entire article.

Author: Taylan Gökalp, dpa

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positionen – Das Magazin der deutschen Versicherer, 02/2017

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