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.

e-bike 01/2013

Play safe

Comment on purchase advice for e-bikes

Anti-lock brake systems and electronic driving stability programs keep today’s cars safely on track, even if drivers come close to physical limits and make mistakes in addition. 

These widespread developments were initiated by spectacular reports in the press and on TV about the Mercedes-A-class tipping over during the elk test and Audi's TT sports car which happened to become instable at high speed in bends, when the driver took his foot suddenly off the accelerator.

Many pedelecs not even require riding manoeuvres at the limit to develop a dangerous life of their own. When you ride as you are used to at reduced speed, it suffices already to take off one hand from the handlebars to indicate for example the direction, to close the jacket or to push a button on the cycle computer that the handlebar starts to wobble. In the case of some constructions the handlebar wobbling doesn't stop from alone. The transport of bagages, as is usual for trekking or city bikes, exacerbates this problem in addition.

The fact that a thoroughly designed pedelec works reliably and wobble-free is proved by a few models in our tests. This does not even mean that these pedelecs are significantly more expensive or heavier. But the designers have to react without delay to ensure that all pedelecs become safer, thus preventing further falls. I strongly urge buyers to only buy stable pedelecs for their own safety.

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