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.

RadMarkt Spezial, 09/2016

For they know what they do

With regard to the pedelec modification issue there is still a knowledge gap in the specialist trade. Many retailers know what they are allowed to do and are familiar with the consequences, others are not yet really aware of this issue. We explain further below the points to be taken into account. In addition, we will go into another topic, the retrofitting of normal bicycles into e-bikes.

What can be stated in general is that the issue is manageable, but care must be taken. Experts in technology expect risks for specialist shops which have changed the fittings of e-bikes without observing the rules.


The list of replacement parts was developed to answer the questions realistically and with the necessary technical care. It was worked out by the German manufacturers association (Zweirad-Industrie-Verband - ZIV) and the German retailers and workshops association (Verbund Service und Fahrrad - VSF/ Bundesinnungsverband - BIV) together with the renowned test institute Zedler. The initiators state: “The guidelines aim at German bicycle dealers and workshops and serve as recommendations for pedelec components (models up to 25 kmh) that can be modified at their’s own discretion and other components for which they need the manufacturer’s release.”


Author: Michael Bollschweiler

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