Our new company headquarters is also a pro-bono investment in general education: The building allows the extension of guided school tours which had already been offered before. During these tours young people at the threshold to the world of work and apprentices to the job get an even more comprehensive insight into our work, the 200 year old history of the bicycle and the current state of the art and technology in innovation and quality of the bicycle industry.
The profound school education and professional training are very important to Zedler-Institut. For this reason, we have regularly welcomed schools of various levels of training on our premises for many years. Besides nearby schools from Ludwigsburg district, this offer is also taken advantage of by more far-away educational institutions, like the federal school in Frankfurt. Their master class in the discipline of two-wheel technology has visited Zedler-Institut repeatedly. These guided tours for schools also benefit from the move into the new building, because there is now more space for the test laboratory, lectures and the bicycle museum.
A specially equipped show laboratory allows to perform impressive load tests on bicycles, pedelecs and individual components which gives us the opportunity to raise the visitors’ awareness for safety in the case of bicycle constructions. The daily business in the actual laboratories continues unaffected of that at the same high speed as usual.
200 years of bicycle in one room
There is also more space for the bicycle museum: It comprises more than 300 exhibits documenting the development of the bicycle from the first running machine to the state-of-the-art carbon bicycles and the pedelec. A selection of these bicycles finds place in the bright, large-surface seminary facilities in the top floor of the Zedler-Institut headquarters. They clearly illustrate the repeated pioneering role of the bicycle in the development and manufacture of vehicles and how it has played to date to its strengths as sports equipment and means of transport thanks to continuous further development.
The first guided tour in the new company headquarters of Zedler-Institut took place at the end of November 2017. Students of the Young Engineer Academy of Lichtenberg Gymnasium, Sachsenheim (Baden-Wuerttemberg) were impressed by the systematic work mode of the engineers and the variety of the bicycles that have been rolling on the roads over the past 200 years.