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., 2017/08/18
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Parts replacement on electric bicycles: expanded guidelines go online

As CE marked e-bikes / pedelecs with a pedal assistance of up to 25 kmh / 15.5 mph are covered by the Machinery Directive and as parts must not be replaced just like that, there was great uncertainty among dealers at the beginning. Guidelines worked out by various associations and experts at the end of 2015 have been serving as recommendation to act since this time, which eased the work of bicycle dealers and workshops a lot. Now, these guidelines have been expanded and are available free of charge in several languages on the internet.

Associations and experts have joined forces

At the end of 2015, the German bicycle association ZIV and the German service and bicycle association VSF in cooperation with Zedler-Institut and the umbrella organization for German industry guilds BIV had published joint guidelines for parts replacement of e-bikes / pedelecs 25 gratefully accepted by the dealers.

Now, such guidelines for the parts replacements are also available for speed e-bikes / pedelecs with a pedal assistance of up to 45 kmh / 28 mph which unlike the aforementioned vehicles are classified as motor vehicles and thus subject to the EU Directive 2002/24/EC or the EU Regulation no. 168/2013. These guidelines were worked out under the responsibility of the following associations and companies: The umbrella organization for German industry guilds BIV, TUEV Rheinland,, the German service and bicycle association VSF, Zedler-Institut as well as the German bicycle association ZIV.

The guidelines can be downloaded free of charge in German, English and French language under the following link. (...)

Author: Jürgen Wetzstein

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