Category Archives: Safety

BPSA Releases ISO-Compliant Owner’s Manual

Boulder, CO: The Version 11 Adult Owner’s Manual has been released to the over 20 bicycle brands that license the content from the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA).

Bob Margevicius of Specialized, Chair of the BPSA’s Safety Committee, announced the eagerly anticipated release. “The new BPSA adult owner’s manual meets both EU and USA safety regulations. It’s a must have for any global brand,” noted Margevicius.

Participation in Owner’s Manual licensing has increased since the BPSA instituted a discounted pricing structure for newer, smaller bike brands. “We’re encouraging as many bike makers as possible to participate,” said Ray Keener, BPSA Executive Director. “It’s good for both the individual brands and their retailers.”

For more information, contact Keener at (303) 442-2466 or

BPSA Creates Electric Bicycle Committee

The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA), responding to the current and future needs of its members, has created an Electric Bicycle committee, chaired by Larry Pizzi from Accell North America, and President of Currie Tech.

The committee will meet by teleconference the week before Interbike to set priorities in the three areas of BPSA expertise and influence: Statistics, Safety, and Legal/Legislative.

“Our main goal is to establish a common and unified ‘electric bicycle’ voice amongst the supplier community,” Pizzi noted. “Now that we have a representative group of suppliers and manufacturers, we can set specific goals and take action.”

Besides Pizzi, committee members include:
Darren Snyder from Trek
Chad Price from Specialized
John Munhall from Giant
Zach Kraphl from Felt
Don DiCostanzo from Pedego
Jeffrey Young from Shimano
Claudia Wasko from Bosch
Rob Cappucci from SRAM

Owner’s Manual Version 10 Released

BPSA Owner’s Manual content is licensed to bicycle manufacturers, saving each company money and time climbing the legal learning curve.

This manual, written by Tom Franges of Interskill and reviewed by numerous reviewers and legal counsel, is designed to provide bicycle purchasers with truly understandable information about their bicycles. The manual cannot be used or applied without signing the licensing agreement and paying the licensing fee to the owners’ manual fund.

The material provided in the manual is generic and can be used as a core for your company manual. Your must review the manual to ensure that its statements are appropriate for your products. All companies who use the manual can enhance the material by including brand specific sales, marketing information, or additional information they deem appropriate.

The initial license fee for using the owner’s manual is $3,000 for non-members with a discount price of $2,000 for BPSA members.

In addition to this initial fee, all companies who use the manual will be charged in subsequent years an annual license fee ($2,000 for non-members, $1,500 for BPSA members) which will be used to support updates to the manual as well as administrative and legal costs associated with the program.

The copyright for the information in the manual is owned by the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA). Any company who elects to use a manual must sign a licensing agreement with the BPSA. The licensing agreement is available for your review from BPSA headquarters. The manual cannot be used without signing and returning the agreement.

The manual is available on camera ready print form, or in a variety of electronic forms. Please contact BPSA headquarters if you require additional information.