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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.

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German TV program NDR shows safety-relevant defects on cheap bicycles

By order of the German consumer program "Markt" of the German TV channel NDR broadcast yesterday on Monday, April 18, four bicycle models marketed by discount and DIY stores were tested carefully by Zedler-Institut. The results of the tested bicycles with sales prices between 199 and 299 Euro revealed safety-relevant defects. (...)

Bicycles offered by the German discount stores Aldi, Lidl, Real and Hagebau were checked thoroughly. On this occasion the team around Dirk Zedler found out defects, such as loose handlebar stems, tyres out of balance and slipping off handlebar grips. These shortcomings were so severe that the bicycles should not be sold in this condition. In the report, the expert Zedler states that the bicycles were all scrap. For more information on the tests as well as on the report of the program visit the homepage of the German channel NDR.

According to NDR, the respective bicycles were withdrawn from the product range by Hagebau and Lidl, as a reaction to the tests. For the bicycles from the DIY store even a recall action was initiated. Zedler welcomes the reporting of the German NDR channel. "We are happy that the public service broadcasters keep the issue bicycles of the most simple technology up-to-date," states the expert. “They ensure that consumers are reasonably informed about how to avoid often serious accidents with unsafe bicycles. Because only if good bicycles are sold, more and more people will have fun cycling."

Author: Oliver Bönig

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