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 03/2010
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New conference vivavelo celebrates a successful premiere

Vivavelo dealt with product testers

"Produkttests und die Stiftung Warentest – ein Lotteriespiel für die Branche?" (Product tests and Stiftung Warentest – a lottery for the trade?) was the title of a discussion between Dr. Holger Brackemann (Head of tests department at Stiftung Warentest – the leading German consumer safety group), Dirk Zedler (bicycle expert), Matthias Seidler (Managing Director of Derby Cycle GmbH), Horst Hahn-Klöckner (President of ADFC – the general German bicycle association) and moderator Gunnar Fehlau (news service bicycle) that took place on the second day.

The discussion quickly heated up and Zedler as well as Seidler zeroed in on the representative of Stiftung Warentest. Zedler blamed him of a lack of transparency with respect to test critera, as a consequence of which Brackemann invited him to attend the premises of Stiftung Warentest to get an idea of how they carried out the tests. Seidler criticised the unequal treatment of the market participants in the tests, i.e. a repeated issue in SAZbike articles (SAZbike of 2009-05-04). There was general agreement among the panel members about the necessity of professionalising the analysis of sources of defect. A documentation of loss patterns for this purpose is, however, not yet available. Stiftung Warentest intends to open up on the trade in view of improving the product. The question how to achieve this objective remained, however, unanswered.

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