The International Safety Standard for Bike Frames and Why It’s Important to Know

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If you’ve been considering buying a bamboo bicycle or bike frames from Bamboobee, you may have wondered how safe they are. The answer is – very safe! As stated in our Frequently Asked Questions, Bamboobee products and the quality of their workmanship have all been tested under the International Safety Standard for bicycle frames.

If you’re not quite sure what that means for you and the safety of your bike, read on to learn more about it!


What is the International Safety Standard for Bike Frames?

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) is an organisation that develops and publishes international standards. For over 70 years, ISO has been an authority on requirements, specifications and guidelines that ensure products sold are fit for their intended purpose, in terms of safety, usage and more.

In our case specifically, we’re talking about just one of the many standards the ISO has published: the ISO 4210:2014 standard for bicycles.


What is the ISO 4210:2014 standard?

The ISO 4210:2014 standard for bicycles was developed to ensure bicycles manufactured all over the world are as safe as possible. It gives buyers the peace of mind that the bike they buy is safe to ride – providing it is compliant with the International Standard.


Who gets to decide the requirements?

The requirements of the International Safety Standard were put together by the IOS’s Technical Committee ISO/TC 149 “Cycles” and Technical Committee CEN/TC 333 “Cycles”. Together, they worked to develop a safety standard for all bicycle manufacturers to follow.


What is included in the safety standard and its requirements?

The overall standard and the safety requirements for bicycles are broken up into sections to ensure everything is covered.

  •  Part 1: Terms and Definitions outline the various terms and definitions that relate to safety and performance requirements. They apply to the design, assembly and testing of bikes. This is the place to start if you’re looking for a proper understanding of the safety standards.
  • Part 2: Requirements for City and Trekking, Young Adult, Mountain and Racing Bicycles is where you’ll find details on what’s expected from manufacturers when producing individual types of bikes. For example, a bike for young adults may have different regulations than a mountain bike.
  • Part 3: Common Test Methods describes a variety of test methods that are used to ensure bicycles are compliant with ISO 4210-2. This partly ensures that the manufacturers are taking the right steps to test their products effectively.
  • Part 4: Braking Test Methods goes into more detail about specific types of testing – in relation to braking. Of course, you want your bike to be safe when you break, so it’s great to know this is one of the most important parts of bicycle testing.
  • Part 5: Steering Test Methods provides information about steering testing and how tests can ensure bikes can be steered and guided correctly and safely.
  • Part 6: Frame and Fork Test Methods covers testing that ensures the frame and fork of the bike are of good quality and safe to support the bike rider during use.
  • Part 7: Wheels and Rim Test Methods is also self-explanatory – this is where you’ll find information about how the wheels and rim of the bike should be tested and the guidelines they should meet in order to be compliant.
  • Part 8: Pedals and Drive System Test Methods relates to the pedals that push the bike forward as you ride and the drive system that affects the way it ‘drives’ so to speak. Essentially, it’s your overall ride experience. It’s, therefore, important to know that your bike has been thoroughly tested and will be safe when it’s in action.
  • Part 9: Saddles and Seat Post Test Methods covers the seat and saddle of your bike, ensuring it’s safe for you to sit on and use the bike as intended. This also includes set height requirements and other options.

As you can see, manufacturers need to ensure a high level of quality and rigorous testing to be fully compliant with the ISO standard and safety requirements. This is how you know that when you’re buying an ISO standard compliant bike, you’re going to be much safer as you ride than if you bought one that was unregulated.


Where can I learn more about the safety standard?

If you’re looking to read about ISO 4210:2014 and the international safety requirements for bicycles, you can find plenty of information on the official ISO website. Plus, if you really wish to do so, you can purchase the full publication. Just click on the following link to learn more:

With all this in mind, you can rest assured knowing you’re buying a high quality and more importantly safe bike when you buy from Bamboobee.


Did you already know about the International Safety Standard for Bike Frames and Bicycles? If not, we hope this post has been educational for you and that you feel confident that Bamboobee products and bicycles are of the highest (and of course safest) calibre.

If you’re ready to go ahead and buy one of our bicycles, Build Your Own Bicycle kits or accessories, just head over to the Bamboobee online store. We look forward to seeing you there!

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