All about bicycles, electric-assisted bikes, 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. 2017/03/01
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Disc brakes on road bikes

The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) considered to represent the cycle industry among others have finally managed to give an official statement on disc brakes and road bikes. According to the Federation, one had allegedly stayed safely behind the scenes in the past ten months. Following another accident during the first stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour 2017 (February 23 to 26), they see the need to provide explanation now.

According to WFSGI, two accidents caused by disc brakes with material defects and injuries of cyclists had happened during road races in the past ten months. Both cases had reportedly been taken very seriously by them. However, prior to giving any statements one had wanted to examine each case in detail first.

For the first accident during Paris-Roubaix 2016 WFSGI called in medical examiner Ulrich Zollinger from Bern in Switzerland. He thoroughly analysed the cuts of road racer Francisco Ventoso. In addition, the Ludwigsburg loss adjusting agency Zedler specialised in bicycle technology was commissioned to thoroughly examine the case and to make an independent risk assessment.

With regard to the accident occurred during the Abu Dhabi Tour 2017 when the two cyclists Owain Doull and Marcel Kittel sustained injuries the used material is currently examined thoroughly. In accordance with the first analyses, WFSGI believed they could state that the disc brake was probably not the reason for the accident.


Read the entire article here.

Author: Jo Beckendorff/WFSGI

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