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 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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