All about bicycles, electric-assisted bikes, technology and safety in the press

The most common safety risks that we come across in our daily work around bicycle safety, technology and operating instructions are also published by us in articles in the leading German special-interest magazines TOUR (Europe's road bike magazine no. 1), BIKE (Europe's mountain bike magazine no. 1), MYBIKE and EMTB in order to make this information, which is important for the industry, available to a wider public.

For many years now, the Eurobike Show Daily, trade fair magazine of the annual Eurobike Show, has also given us the opportunity to publish our view of major developments in the cycle industry in full-page articles.

We also speak regularly in independent expert presentations about all areas of bicycle technology and the bicycle market. In addition, we are quoted by further special-interest magazines of the industry and the trade as well as increasingly by radio and television in their media reports, which shows us that we are spot on with our advice. The section "News" informs you about the latest news from our specialist areas. The reports and publications of this section are listed chronologically or according to areas of interest.

e-bike 02/2013
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Rechargeable batteries – are they as dangerous as is written in the newspapers? What do I have to bear in mind?

State-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries have a high energy density. Like every energy storage device this bears risks. 

We’ve got used to fuel tanks and always know what to do. Rechargeable batteries are new and therefore unusual. Models from quality bicycles bought from specialist shops are tested for lots of foreseeable incidents and safe. One of the test seals is the BATSO test seal. Brands like Bosch and BMZ supplying special rechargeable batteries for numerous pedelec manufacturers do not mark their products according to BATSO. They apply, however, very high company-own standards. If handled inappropriately, e.g. if charged with another than the delivered charger or pierced etc., even tested batteries may catch fire or explode. Treat your brand battery with care, charge it during the day at ambient temperature under supervision and as described in the operating instructions, then there is no risk.

Dirk Zedler, graduate engineer

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