On these pages you will find the latest news on everything that is going on within ETRA, within the European twowheel business and on all European affairs which concern European twowheel retailers. The news items are broken down into bicycle issues, PTW issues and common issues. “Older” news can be found in the archives.
Expedition Sustainable Mobility: Flemish car drivers try to reduce car trips
The “Bond Beter Leefmilieu” (BBL) is the leading environmental NGO in Flanders and works, among other things, for making mobility more sustainable. In this framework, BBL has developed the project “Expedition Sustainable Mobility” which runs for a month. It started half October and will finish half November. For this project, BBL has recruited 85 car drivers read more
VSF calls for the establishment of an umbrella association for the bicycle business
VSF managing director Albert Herresthal calls for the establishment of an umbrella association for the bicycle business– similar to the German VDA, lobby of the automotive industry. During his presentation on “lobby work, who, what, why”, jointly held with Konrad Weyhmann, head of Corporate Communication at Paul Lange&Co. at Eurobike, Mr. Herresthal stated explicitly that read more
COLIBI & COLIPED launch 4th edition of their European Bicycle Industry & Market Profile
The European Bicycle Industry & Market Profile (BIMP), first issued in 2009, has become the statistical bicycle data source by excellence for European and national policy makers, the bicycle industry and business, researchers and consultants, journalists, etc. COLIBI and COLIPED have been complimented repeatedly for the uniqueness of this document as it brings together the most read more
Gocycle G2 Premieres at EUROBIKE 2012 and Receives EUROBIKE Award.
Karbon Kinetics Ltd. (KKL), announced that Gocycle G2—the second-generation model of its award-winning electric two-wheeler—has received the EUROBIKE Award at the model’s premiere at the EUROBIKE 2012 show. GoCycle is an associated member of ETRA. Organised by iF International Forum Design GmbH and sponsored by Messe Friedrichshafen, the EUROBIKE Award was read more
Shimano introduces new top shoe R320 with 'dynalast'
This summer SHIMANO introduces a new top performing race shoe, the SH-R320. The SH-R320 is the successor of the popular SH-R315 shoe that is widely used in the professional peloton. Based on the feedback of our sponsored riders (e.g. Edvald Boasson-Hagen, Simon Gerrans, Bauke Mollema, team Argos-Shimano), SHIMANO was able to improve the SH-R320 shoe even more. SHIMANO increased the read more
15th edition of the Bike Brno fair
Bike Brno - the leading and most important show for the central and eastern European market - will open its doors one month earlier than before. This year’s 15th show edition will be held from 4 to 7 October as usual in the Czech Republic’s second-largest city Brno. During the previous run 190 exhibitors displayed their products of over 300 Czech and international brands. Thanks to read more
Pedelecs Adventure: tour de Mongolia: Bosch Power versus Horse Power
In their latest tour, the founders of Pedelec Adventures – journalist Susanne Brüsch and expedition leader Ondra Veltrusky – crossed breath-taking scenery from Mongolia’s geographical center to the old capital Karakorum on electric bikes. The Berlin-based team truly put Bosch’s most powerful propulsion system to the test – fording rivers and scaling steep read more
ETRA Seminars for the Electric Bike Business at Eurobike: don't forget to register!
In the framework of the forthcoming Eurobike show, ETRA organises 3 short morning seminars on themes which of are of particular interest to the electric bike sector. On Wednesday 29 August, the Dutch (electric) bicycle dealer Jeroen Verbakel explains why bicycle dealers should enter the electric bike business. He will answer all questions which may keep dealers from adding electric read more
Lobbying is a matter regarding everyone!
"The political work in order to promote cycling is important for the whole industry," says Albert Herresthal, managing director of VSF (Verbund Service und Fahrrad - Alliance and bicycle service). "And everyone can and should do something about it in his environment," adds Konrad Weyhmann, Head of Corporate Communications at Paul Lange & Co. This work can read more
Schwalbe complete with 650B line
How strongly 650B can assert itself alongside the two established size giants is unknown. But one thing is for certain: several bike manufacturers are already working on this size. No sooner had 29ers been established in the marketplace another new wheel size became the focus of attention. But while the twenty niners took almost ten years to prevail in Europe, 650B was already the topic read more