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August 17, 2010 - ASTM F2843 - Specification for Condition 0 Bicycle Frames, developed by Subcommittee F08.10 on Bicycles, can be used to set strength requirements for condition 0 bicycle frames. Strength, endurance, and impact requirements for frames of these sidewalk bikes, or bikes designed for young children riding under adult supervision, will prove useful for manufacturers and designers. Adoption is expected to also provide working balance for safety, cost, and performance.

New ASTM Bicycle Standard Covers Frames for Children's Bikes


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Press release date: August 16, 2010

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-A new ASTM International standard can now be used to set strength requirements for condition 0 bicycle frames. Condition 0 bicycles, typically referred to as sidewalk bikes, are designed for young children riding under the supervision of an adult. The new standard, ASTM F2843, Specification for Condition 0 Bicycle Frames, was developed by Subcommittee F08.10 on Bicycles, part of ASTM International Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities.

Subcommittee F08.10's work to date has focused on road and mountain bikes, which are the types of bicycles most likely to be involved in serious accidents. Having produced standards for the most critical elements of these bikes, the subcommittee is now working on children's and hybrid bikes.

According to Patrick Logan, President, K Ridley Technology, Eugene, Ore., and chair of Subcommittee F08.10, the use of a child bike on a sidewalk varies greatly from other bicycle uses, such as a road bicycle traveling at high speeds or a full suspension mountain bike going downhill on a rough trail. The conditions call for vehicles with very different endurance and impact requirements, thus creating the need for ASTM F2843.

"The strength, endurance and impact requirements set by ASTM F2843 for children's bicycles will be particularly useful to manufacturers and designers. Furthermore, adoption of the standard will provide a working balance for safety, cost and performance," says Logan.

Subcommittee F08.10 welcomes participation from all interested parties, particularly manufacturers, designers and test labs. Future work will be addressing competition bikes, such as freestyle and BMX.

To purchase ASTM standards, visit www.astm.org and search by the standard designation number, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (phone: 610-832-9585; service@astm.org). ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN.

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

View this release on the ASTM Web site at www.astmnewsroom.org.

ASTM Committee F08 Next Meeting: Nov. 17-19, November Committee Week, San Antonio, Texas

Technical Contact: Patrick Logan, K Ridley Technology, Eugene, Ore., Phone: 541-913-5093; engineer@kridleytech.com

ASTM Staff Contact: Christine Basile, Phone: 610-832-9728; cbasile@astm.org

ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603; bschindl@astm.org
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