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.

TOUR 04/2018
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Do bicycle brakes have to be checked by a technical control board?

Reader’s question

A question addressed to the technology department: Why do have road bike brake systems and all components not have to be checked by a technical control board?

Reply by Dirk Zedler, TOUR technology expert and bicycle expert

The bicycle is neither a motor vehicle, nor a vehicle that needs to be registered. It is subject to laws applicable all over Europe, e.g. the Product Liability Act and the Product Safety Act. Furthermore, there are standards for the bicycle that have to be complied with. These standards represent no more than a minimum requirement which has to be completed by the manufacturer with extended tests according to the intended use of the bicycle and the loads specified for the bicycle. After all, however, it is the manufacturer’s diligence to ensure the safety of the product before launching it on the market. Among the manufacturers there are different approaches to this issue, but there has been a clear professionalization throughout the past years.

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