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Vienna bike shops fail safety checks

Vienna's bike shops have not fared well after a magazine testing safety features following a bike service found very few of the workshops were working carefully.

Fourteen shops were tested - 12 specialist companies and 2 branches of a large retail chain -  and eight were giving a 'less than satisfactory' rating by the magazine Konsument and a further three failed the test completely.

Some of the faults found were loose screws on the seats and pedals. Both these defects can be a safety risk, leading to serious falls if they come loose when a cyclists needs to brake severely.

Other problems included low air pressure, incorrectly set circuits, and dragging brake shoes.

The best service for bikes was Bikestore in south Vienna (1230), which turned around the service in just one day for the price of 59 Euros. Bike + More in Vienna's 22nd district also performed well, taking two days and costing 55.90 Euros.

"Should any defects be discovered a carefully conducted service should make the necessary repairs," the consumer magazine stressed.

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