On July 22, 2006 the European Commission has published the references of a number of CEN safety standards for bicycles in the Official Journal of the European Union. As a result, bicycles that comply with these standards are presumed to conform with the EU General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC that “lays down an obligation on producers to place only safe products on the market.”
The four different CEN standards that were published in the EU Official Journal are:
- EN 14764 for City and Trekking bicycles
- EN 14766 for Mountain bicycles
- EN 14781 for Racing bicycles
- EN 14872 for Bicycles – Accessories for bicycles – Luggage carriers
References to EN 14765, the safety standard for bicycles for young children and to EN 14872 for luggage carriers have not yet been published in the Official Journal.
CEN standards are designed to ensure a minimal level of product quality and to strengthen consumer protection legislation. In court liability cases, it will be easier to prove the safety of a product if the bike has been tested according to the CEN standard.
These standards apply in all 27 EU member states. They contain safety requirements for the most important bicycles components like brake systems, transmission systems, handlebars, stems, frames & front forks and saddles.
All Velocite products that are subject to CEN/EN tests are tested to comply with the relevant standards.
Here are some examples of EN testing of Velocite products: