Cyclists may be injured by riding an unsafe bicycle. To help prevent injuries, new bicycles must meet design and performance requirements and also have warning labels attached.
What is the product safety standard for bicycles?
The Product Safety Standards (Pedal Bicycle) Regulations 2000 (Regulations) sets the safety standard AS/NZS 1927:1998 Pedal bicycles – Safety requirements with amendments as the official product safety standard that suppliers of most new bicycles supplied in New Zealand must comply with.
What bicycles are covered?
- bicycles with a wheelbase shorter than 640mm
- second-hand bicycles
- custom-made bicycles which are designed or made to order for an individual
- engine-powered bicycles
- recumbent bicycles, being bicycles where the rider is place in a laid-back reclining position.
- some bicycles designed and intended to be used for competitions – these bikes must have a single crank-to-wheel ratio and no free-wheeling feature between the pedal and rear wheel.
Who do the rules apply to?
- in a shop
- at a market
What are the rules?
- sharp edges
- control cables
- ground and toe clearance
- fasteners used to attach or secure components
- protective guards
- the drive chain
- the steering system
- the seat pillar
- reflectors and lighting equipment.
- assembly instructions
- seat clamp strengths
- steering stability