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TOUR 01/2017
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Crackles and cracks

Interview with Dirk Zedler, bicycle expert

TOUR Do heavy cyclists face safety problems, when they use road bikes?
ZEDLER Overload damage is rare. At present, broken carbon forks are an issue for disc brakes which were not tested properly for the requirements of disc brakes. Big forks are concerned in particular - which is an indication for heavy cyclists.

TOUR Which parts are problematic in practice when the cyclist weighs more than 90 kg?
ZEDLER In most of the cases we happen to see broken parts only with the placement of an accident report order. Complaints addressed towards the manufacturers are not known to anyone else. I would recommend every heavy cyclist asking for test reports. Bicycle manufacturers do not use these reports for advertising purposes - in contrast to the automotive industry.

TOUR What means a higher load to the material: A heavy cycling professional weighing 80 kg or an occasional cyclist weighing 120 kg?
ZEDLER A heavy cyclist brings much more movement into the framework, which is indicated by crackles and cracks, i.e. noises that can only be remedied in parts and at high expenses. Bicycles bearing a 70-kg-cyclist without problem over 10,000 kilometres may brake away under a 110-kg-man within a few kilometres.

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