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.

TOUR 05/2000
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Changes in trade (mail order trade)

Mail order trade is booming: But it is not always advisable to order a bike or parts at a mail order company. There are always black sheep around. TOUR tells you what to pay attention to when buying mailorder and how to avoid problems.

It could be so easy: You leaf through a catalogue, lean back comfortably in your armchair and grab the telephone. Then you order the bike of your dreams or some parts only. A few days later, the postman rings at your door and delivers to you a parcel with the desired content. Almost like Christmas.

This was just what Manfred Winter from Dortmund was thinking (name and town changed by editor) when he wanted to complete his road bike last year. The triathlete found the combination he was looking for at a really cheap price in the advert of a mailorder company. So he ordered: cranks, inner bearing, front and rear derailleur, chain, shift and brake cables of Shimano’s Dura Ace group, a red Flite saddle, 3t-Forma-SL-handlebars and a stem. On this day in June, Winter did not know that this would cause him months of trouble.

Author: Dirk Zedler

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