In this article, the bicycle experts at Robson Forensic highlight several of the bicycle components that we commonly find have been improperly installed, leading to injury; included in this list are the seat and seatpost, brakes, pedals, handlebars, and wheels.
Training, education, and experience are the bases on which the legal industry establishes an expert, this concept is grounded in logic and is applicable to all industries, including bicycle assembly. It is logical to conclude that someone with the proper training, education, and experience can better assemble a bicycle than someone who lacks that experience. This logic is reinforced time and time again through the experience of our casework.
More than 70% of all bicycles purchased in the US are sold through mass market retailers rather than dedicated bike shops. The issue that we commonly encounter in our casework with bicycles purchased at mass market retailers is a failure due to improper assembly. The items highlighted below are the components of the bicycle that we commonly find have been improperly installed, often leading to severe injury.
When investigating a case involving a claim of improper assembly, it is important to check the following:
Interesting facts about the US Bicycle Market:
Among our bicycle experts you will find professionals who worked for some of the most recognizable bicycle brands in the world, engineers who have designed and constructed roads and bicycle trails, and passionate cyclists who use their bicycles for commuting, training, and competitive racing.
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