All about bicycles, electric-assisted bikes, technology and safety in the press

The most common safety risks that we come across in our daily work around bicycle safety, technology and operating instructions are also published by us in articles in the leading German special-interest magazines TOUR (Europe's road bike magazine no. 1), BIKE (Europe's mountain bike magazine no. 1), MYBIKE and EMTB in order to make this information, which is important for the industry, available to a wider public.

For many years now, the Eurobike Show Daily, trade fair magazine of the annual Eurobike Show, has also given us the opportunity to publish our view of major developments in the cycle industry in full-page articles.

We also speak regularly in independent expert presentations about all areas of bicycle technology and the bicycle market. In addition, we are quoted by further special-interest magazines of the industry and the trade as well as increasingly by radio and television in their media reports, which shows us that we are spot on with our advice. The section "News" informs you about the latest news from our specialist areas. The reports and publications of this section are listed chronologically or according to areas of interest.

RadMarkt 06/2014
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Testing, but in the correct way

Pedelec tests are expensive and complex, but more necessary than ever before due to stricter legal regulations and jurisdiction which will strengthen the obligations of the manufacturers. 

A test must be as close to reality as possible. For this purpose the field of use must be determined beforehand. "The test results of the German foundation for comparative product testing (Stiftung Warentest) revealed what may happen," says Zedler.

Zedler distinguishes three types of tests: Performance (riding characteristics), quality (user friendliness, paint and the like) and safety (operational strength). To determine the safety of a product, like a bicycle, the field of use must be determined beforehand. "It makes a difference, whether we are talking about a 60-kg-heavy road racer or a 140-kg-heavy reconvalescent sitting on the bicycle like a wet sack. Do I ride in all kinds of weather or only when the sun shines? A test must be conducted accordingly", says Zedler.

During a test you simulate the life of a bicycle in fast motion. That doesn’t mean to perform all kinds of tests at a faster pace, which might produce effects distorting the results. To avoid unrealistic and unserviceable results, the application of the loads must be performed accordingly, i.e. braking and acceleration loads must be mixed in the test, instead of performing a test of hundred brake cycles one after the other.

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