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., 2013/01/24
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Gold-silver-bronze-grey: Zedler presents own test seals for successfully passed safety tests

Since the end of 2012 Zedler – Institut für Fahrradtechnik und -Sicherheit GmbH has issued test seals for successfully passed tests of mountain bike, road racing, trekking and pedelec frames and components.

Customers who have ordered tests at the Ludwigsburg company in 2012 and want the respective seals for their products, obtain these customized with their brand name and type. Why do we talk about the test seals in the plural? In this respect the "bicycle torture Team" around managing director Dirk Zedler has come up with some good ideas...

Because the new test seal is virtually subdivided in a ranking comprising four categories. According to Zedler, these categories are subdivided as to the requirements of the different safety tests.

A successfully passed EN or basic test is awarded with the seal in grey.

Bronze is issued to customers for fulfilment of the "advanced requirements".

Silver is awarded for "advanced plus tests". This category was introduced to meet higher loads acting on some bicycle types, such as mountain bikes and pedelecs.

Gold is awarded to products which have successfully passed the "multiload test requirements". Referring to this test Zedler states: "Multiload stands for block program tests reflecting reality much clearer than common single-step tests do, e.g. the EN standard." Multiload is already available for handlebars-stems and for seat posts, as both the research and the wealth of experience make such a requirement possible. Zedler continues: "In consideration of the latest research results we are currently working on offering multiload also for forks and frames in the near future".

Text: Jo Beckendorff

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