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.

SAZbike 09/2016
Reading time 1:45 minutes

German television channels WDR and Kabel Eins tested thoroughly

At present, many German television channels show interest in cycling. It was only recently that bicycles were a subject on the German TV channels ZDF and NDR. The latest channels to report were Kabel Eins and WDR.

A current WDR program by Yvonne Willicks checking everyday household objects ("Haushaltscheck") reports 45 minutes about two-wheelers. The TV presenter rode a race by bicycle against her camera team by car (and won in congested Cologne), attended shows, had herself informed about e-bikes and three of them tested by bicycle expert Dirk Zedler. One of the e-bikes failed the test completely. Zedler’s response to the question why this could happen was that e-bikes were currently tested in accordance with the insufficient City bike standard EN 15194 and that this would allow even weak models to pass the tests. According to the information available to SAZbike, this will change soon.

"The EN 15194 standard has meanwhile been adapted to the higher loads acting on e-bikes. The new EN 15194 will be published in the following months, a final drawing being however already available and used by many suppliers," explains Siegfried Neuberger, managing director of the German bicycle association ZIV. In addition, the report deals with bicycle repair and the current traffic situation. All in all the entire report was a nice plea for cycling combined with the call on politics to provide improved conditions for cycling. The magazine K1 showed a 17-minute-long report exclusively about pedelecs, actually about three different ones from the categories cheap from the internet (below 500 Euro), from the DIY store (approx. 1,100 Euro) and one from the specialist bike shop (approx. 1,750 Euro). The report collected the subjective impressions of amateur testers, before the electric bicycles underwent more professional tests by bicycle expert Ernst Brust. During these tests in particular the cheapest model turned out to be scrap, whereas the other two models were rated "good" by Brust.

Author: (as)

Go back