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Susanne Puello leaves Accell’s Winora Group, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’

SENNFELD, Germany (BRAIN) — Susanne Puello, a long-time managing director of the Winora Group, is leaving the company, citing “Irreconcilable differences regarding the new reorganization activities (’refined strategy’) of the Dutch Accell Group.” Accell Group is the parent of Winora, which manages the Haibike, Sinus, and E. Wiener Bike Parts brands.

The Lazer Anverz is a striking new helmet for e-bike riders

A sharp increase in the popularity of e-bikes throughout Europe has driven manufacturers to produce kit specifically for this growing segment. The Anverz helmet from Belgian brand Lazer is a great example, with a design that’s optimised for assisted cycling. 

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  • Lazer’s Revolution is genuinely two helmets in one

Conforming to a new NTA safety standard introduced by the Dutch, it’s rated for bicycles that provide assistance for up to 45km/h, and by doing so the Anverz bridges the gap nicely between a bicycle and motorcycle lid.

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Anyone familiar with Lazer’s current line of helmets may spot similarities between the Anverz and the company’s recent Revolution mountain bike helmet. In fact, the two lids share the same basic structure, although the clip-on shell and unique flip-up visor of the Anverz make for a unique look. The shell itself is a thin vacuum-formed sheet that’s easily removed. Underneath you’ll find several large vents and Lazer’s SMS modular mount system that will accept an action camera or similar accessory, while still allowing the helmet to pass all safety certification testing with it in place.

Another distinctive part of the design is the helmet’s removable plastic ear pads. These are taken directly from the Revolution and at present are just an aesthetic addition – although we did spot a prototype version that was fitted with speakers and a Bluetooth intercom system. Lazer already offers impressive integration with its current helmets ­– its Lifebeam system – for example, which turns a regular lid into a heart rate monitor. So we wouldn’t be too surprised to see a retrofit communications kit coming from the brand in future.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

The Lazer Anverz is a striking new helmet for e-bike riders

A sharp increase in the popularity of e-bikes throughout Europe has driven manufacturers to produce kit specifically for this growing segment. The Anverz helmet from Belgian brand Lazer is a great example, with a design that’s optimised for assisted cycling. 

  • Best electric bike: how to choose the right one for you
  • Best bike helmets: a buyer’s guide
  • Lazer’s Revolution is genuinely two helmets in one

Conforming to a new NTA safety standard introduced by the Dutch, it’s rated for bicycles that provide assistance for up to 45km/h, and by doing so the Anverz bridges the gap nicely between a bicycle and motorcycle lid.

ADVERTISEMENT
advertisement

Anyone familiar with Lazer’s current line of helmets may spot similarities between the Anverz and the company’s recent Revolution mountain bike helmet. In fact, the two lids share the same basic structure, although the clip-on shell and unique flip-up visor of the Anverz make for a unique look. The shell itself is a thin vacuum-formed sheet that’s easily removed. Underneath you’ll find several large vents and Lazer’s SMS modular mount system that will accept an action camera or similar accessory, while still allowing the helmet to pass all safety certification testing with it in place.

Another distinctive part of the design is the helmet’s removable plastic ear pads. These are taken directly from the Revolution and at present are just an aesthetic addition – although we did spot a prototype version that was fitted with speakers and a Bluetooth intercom system. Lazer already offers impressive integration with its current helmets ­– its Lifebeam system – for example, which turns a regular lid into a heart rate monitor. So we wouldn’t be too surprised to see a retrofit communications kit coming from the brand in future.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Thule Group buys Dutch child seat brand

STOCKHOLM (BRAIN) —?Thule Group has acquired the Dutch company GMG B.V., a child bike seat brand that sells in the Benlux market. GMG B.V

7550 New Bike Parking Spots at Copenhagen Central Station

For all of Copenhagen’s badass mainstream bicycle culture, there remains one thing that the City still completely sucks at. Bicycle parking at train stations. At Copenhagen Central Station there are only about 1000 bike parking spots. Danish State Railways can’t even tell us how many spots they have. They’re not sure.

Even in Basel they have 800+. In Antwerp they have this. Don’t even get me started on the Dutch. 12,500 bike parking spots are on the way in some place called Utrecht. Amsterdam has a multi-story bike parking facility, floating bicycle barges round the back and are planning 7000 more spots underwater.

Even at the nation’s busiest train station, Nørreport, the recent and fancy redesign failed miserably in providing parking that is adequate for the demand. Architects once again failing to respond to actual urban needs.

It is time to remedy that. Here is Copenhagenize Design Company’s design for 7550 bike parking spots behind Copenhagen Central Station. Steve C. Montebello is the architect that I worked closely with.

By exploting the area over the train tracks and using Tietgens Bridge as the transport spine, we have created an iconic bicycle parking facility with ample parking spots at this important transport hub where trains, buses and – in 2019 – the Metro converge in an intermodal transport orgy.

In our work on the EU project BiTiBi.eu – Bike Train Bike – we have been focused on parking solutions at train stations. It was a natural evolution to use that experience in developing this project.

The structure is supported by columns and utilises the existing platforms below, which dictated the shape that we decided upon.

There are:
- 6880 bike parking spots in double decker racks. This can be expanded with 1360 more if necessary.
- 30 dedicated cargo bike parking spots featuring The Copenhagenize Bar by Cyclehoop.
- 640 secure, indoor bike parking spots in the green roofed building at left (above).
- A bike shop for repairs and maintenence.
- Ticket machines and displays for departures and arrivals of trains and buses.
- At the end of the long point, the belvedere will be the world’s premiere, dedicated lookout spot design for trainspotters.

Here is the view of the area as it is today.

There are four on/off ramps from Tietgens Bridge for ease-of-access.

A secure bicycle parking facility will house 640 bikes.

We used 3D models of bike racks courtesy of our colleagues at the Dutch company Falco. They know a thing or two about bike racks.

There will be a space for a bike shop for repairs and maintenence located at the entrance, next to ticket machines and displays featuring departures and arrivals for trains and buses.

The parking with have signs with areas divided up alphabetically, so you can find your bike again.

There is access to the three platforms below by stairs that will, of course, have bike ramps. Duh.

This facility will right so many wrongs and will thrust Copenhagen into the 21st century regarding bicycle parking at train stations. If we are ?to maintain the momentum of a blossoming bicycle-friendly city, we need to up our game regarding parking.

Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.

Accell hits record annual sales world wide, but a decline in North America

HEERENVEEN, the Netherlands (BRAIN) — As a whole, Accell Group N.V.

New UK beach bike race announced

Entries open tomorrow for an event which claims to be the first ever beach bike race on UK sand.

The Howies-sponsored Battle on the Beach will take place on March 16 at Pembrey Country Park in South Wales and will be run over an 8km loop.

Beach racing is thriving in the Netherlands, which makes use of the country’s wide, windswept North Sea beaches. However while the Dutch mass participation events are usually run out and back to make use of the wind, the Welsh looped version will be more technical, offering ‘sand, dunes, singletrack and a few surprises’ according to the event website. Those surprises are likely to include riding through old military installations in the dunes, once used by the armed forces.

Entrants will be split into Open, Veteran and Fun/Youth fields. There’s a sub-category for fatbikes too

The top prize is ?250 to the winners of the male and female races, but be warned: BikeRadar believes experienced beach racers from the Dutch Koga Mountain Bike Team could be travelling over for the event.

If you’re considering entering, take a look at Rameses Bekkenk’s bike for some kit choices.

Entries cost ?18 and will open on January 1 2014 via the website.


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Eurobike opens its doors

The Sandwich Bike, from a new Dutch company, ships flat, like an IKEA dresser. Just one of the new bikes on show in Friedrichshafen on Wednesday

Big news: Open offers a new bike color

ARGENBÜHL, Germany (BRAIN) — The news from Open Cycle — the mountain bike brand formed by Cervélo  co-founder Gerard  Vroomen and former BMC chief executive Andy Kessler — is a new color for the company’s one product, a carbon hardtail 29er called the Open O-1.0. The new color is white.

Accell consolidates Holland production

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) – Accell Group will merge bike production for its Batavus and Sparta brands, the company announced this week. Production will consolidate under one roof at the company’s headquarters in Heerenveen. Accell’s Juncker Bike Parts will be moved into the warehouse in Apeldoorn after Sparta vacates following the consolidation.  Accell also plans to base the storage and shipment of service and warranty parts for Batavus, Koga and Sparta in the warehouse in Apeldoorn.  Accell Group said the move was made in an effort to strengthen the company amidst mounting challenges in the Dutch market, examining which activities could be merged in order to improve efficiency