All about bicycles, pedelecs, 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.

Südwest Presse, July 22, 2008

Electronics or 22 gears

Given that roadbike pros already deliver incredible performances, are then at least their bikes comparable to the material of a "normal" biker? The answer is: Yes and no.

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The professionals' race bikes are not as different from the ones hobby cyclists can (soon) buy in shops as, e.g., Formula-1 race cars are from everyday cars.

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Way ahead of its time is as well an apparently spectacular innovation which is tested during the Tour de France under toughest conditions: the electronic shifting system of market leader Shimano which is to be presented at Eurobike, the bike trade show taking place at the beginning of September in Friedrichhafen.

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Dirk Zedler, sworn bike expert from Ludwigsburg an technical expert of roadbike magazine "Tour", is of the opinion that the bike professionals ride on the material they are given - also today, when they have to climb the 2802 meter high Cime de la Bonette, the "roof" of this year's Tour. They get custom-made material when it comes to shoes, tights and jerseys, but apart from this, the sponsor decides what is ridden on.

In comparison to hobby cyclists, roadbike pros often ride heavier material - especially when they have lightweight carbon frames. This is because their bikes do not only have to be solid (as they are exposed to more stress and strain), but also must comply with the 6.8 kg weight limit set by the international cycling union UCI. The time trial machines, however, are "special" equipment which is custom made and built according to the respective rider's body geometry for every (promising) roadbike pro.

(...)

The professionals' race bikes are not as different from the ones hobby cyclists can (soon) buy in shops as, e.g., Formula-1 race cars are from everyday cars.

(...)

Way ahead of its time is as well an apparently spectacular innovation which is tested during the Tour de France under toughest conditions: the electronic shifting system of market leader Shimano which is to be presented at Eurobike, the bike trade show taking place at the beginning of September in Friedrichhafen.

(...)

Dirk Zedler, sworn bike expert from Ludwigsburg an technical expert of roadbike magazine "Tour", is of the opinion that the bike professionals ride on the material they are given - also today, when they have to climb the 2802 meter high Cime de la Bonette, the "roof" of this year's Tour. They get custom made material when it comes to shoes, tights and jerseys, but apart from this, the sponsor decides what is ridden on.

In comparison to hobby cyclists, roadbike pros often ride heavier material - especially when they have lightweight carbon frames. This is because their bikes do not only have to be solid (as they are exposed to more stress and strain), but also must comply with the 6.8 kg weight limit set by the international cycling union UCI.

The time trial machines, however, are "special" equipment which is custom made and built according to the respective rider's body geometry for every (promising) roadbike pro. 

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