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Eurobike Daily, September 3, 2008
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CEN TC 33 stands for safe cycling

The new European bicycle standards set minimum quality levels for bicycle products. The CEN Technical Committee (TC) 333 "Cycles" has already established five bicycle standards (...). Since January 1, 2007, a total of 30 countries (27 EU and 3 EFTA member states) were supposed to replace their existing country norms with these European EN norms leading to the overall CEN standard.


Are these CEN standards just the lowest level 30 nations are able to agree on? According to Dirk Zedler, GM of well-known German bicycle testing facility Ingenieur- und Sachverständigenbüro für Fahrradtechnik Zedler, it is important to note that "it is very positive to have some minimum requirements." The only dilemma he sees is that norms are always behind the current state of development. As an example he names the tests for road bike handlebars: "No road bike handlebar can pass the current standard." Nevertheless Zedler does undertand that TC 333 has to initially set common requirements and norms before working on the details and weak points of the announced CEN standards. This has to be done when the general standards are all set.


And Far East producers are already building up test facilities proving CEN requirements.
"It makes sense to test the products where they are produced", says Zedler.


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