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Folding lock is a slightly different way to protect the bike. It is a cross between the chain and cable locks. But what I like the most about it, that it fits so snug and tidy when you are carrying it around on your bike.

INTERESTING FACT:
Since the company is specialising in many types of locks, you can order many types of locks that will be keyed alike. One key, different locks, same level of protection

Here is what makes Folding Brodo Lock 6000 special to me:
5 mm steel bars with soft coating that are coated with soft component to protect bicycle’s paintwork
Soft cover and holder for the lock body which makes it less cold and more easy to handle.
Bars are linked with special rivets that allow the lock to be folded.
Premium cylinder that Abus is famous for, which offers high protection against manipulations e.g. picking.


Abus folding lock on the bicycle


The company is famous for its German quality which is important when the lock is protecting your precious bike. Although the quality can be ensured in any country, it is worth mentioning that out of 9 factories the company has two that are located in China (Kaiping and Shenzhen). And one of those two is specialising in making bicycle and motorbike locks. So do not just assume that Abus means “made in Germany,” do check before buying. Although unconfirmed by the company, based on our research, Bordo range comes made from German factories.

De Rosa frame makers from Italy are synonymous with the best Italian bicycle craftsmanship. Its origins are so unusually clear:

Still made in Milan, Italy.
Still run by the founder and his family.
Engineered by a small team of passionate experts.

All of their 12 strong staff are technicians and specialised mechanics who are doing this job because of the passion, not just the paycheck. And to ensure that their skills and knowledge are in line to De Rosa brand everyone had to complete their training in De Rosa school before joining. Most important ingredient to their exceptional products – the long-standing family tradition – is also there. The founder, Ugo De Rosa is still working at the factory together with his two sons Danilo and Doriano. In total, they are making around 5000 frames per year, all in the same factory in Cusano Milanino (an area in Milan) all by hand.

If we want to look a little deeper, the source of raw materials comes from:
Aluminum and Steel – are selected by Dedacciai, De Rosa partner since many years.
Carbon – bought in Japan. The team considers it to be of the best quality in the world.

INTERESTING STORY
De Rosa partnered with the famous Pininfarina car manufacturing brand to develop “De Rosa SK Pininfarina” frame. It uses “inner mold tooling system,” or to simplify – an internal cable routing system to improve aerodynamics. And most interestingly in was 3D printed using special resin to achieve a perfect blend of stiffness and low weight.

Bicycle and car made in Italy

History
Hugo De Rosa expressed his passion for racing by going to study mechanics and engineering at a technical college. Once graduated he opened his first shop in the 1950s, where he commenced manufacturing of racing bicycles. The first breakthrough came when the famous cyclist Raphael Geminani asked to make a bicycle for him, in 1958. From then on De Rosa bicycles established itself as a key player in the professional cycling scene, in Italy. Since then the company supplied many teams, including Faema, Tbac, Max Majer, Motta, Filotex, Sammontana, Ariostea, and Merckx.
Due to its success, De Rose popularity has grown worldwide, and hence the company has outgrown its premises. In 1980’s they moved to a new factory located in Cusano Milanino, Milan. There, titanium tubing was introduced in 1990, aluminium in 1996 and carbon fibre in 2000.

Son Deluxe dynamo, made in Germany

(or also known as “SON Schmidt’s Original Nabendynamo”)

MADE IN: Tuben,Germany      PRICE: €200 – € 430     COMPANY FOUNDED: 1992      WEBSITE

It all started with one guy.
Wilfred Schmidt made the first prototype in 1992, by the 1995 serial production began. It is still not your usual company. The premises are based in a mixed-use property, with a lot of attention placed on socially and environmentally responsible conditions. For example, all of their 25 staff walks or cycles to work and most of their parts purchased from nearby where possible.

Dynamo factory team in Germany

The company is specialising in Hub Dynamos that are smooth running, lightweight and durable. It is designed to last for at least 50 000 km. Hence the company extends a five-year warranty to all of their products.

One of SON’s latest innovations is smart pressure compensation system which prevents hubs from water intrusion and the damage that usually follows.

Gator HardShell Bicycle Tyres from Continental, Handmade in Germany



MADE IN: Germany PRICE: €30 COMPANY FOUNDED: 1871

Having to cycle in London every day I have to pass by a lot of building sites at the moment. To avoid catching any screws or glass in my tyres, when I need it the least, I went for the hard shell option. So far, it worked.

Please accept my apologies for the dirtier tyre than you would usually see in a marketing pictures from the Continental. Since I am actually using the bike and not trying to market anything for the financial gain, it is all ‘el natural.’


Puncture resistant tyre, made in Germany

In addition to Gator Hardshell tyres, I could have gone for any of these other innovations they have:
– Black Chili Compound, to enhance three most important factors in tyres: static friction, rolling resistance, and mileage.
– Pure Grip Compound, provides additional grip while riding.
– ProTection, additional puncture protection for tubeless tyres.
– Race Sport, mix of different technologies for mountain bikes
– RTR, tubeless ready tyres that can be used both with and without an inner tube.
– ECO, tyres designed for e-bikes by offering low rolling resistance.
– PlusBreaker, the highest puncture resistance.
– DuraSkin, lightweight cut-resistant sheath around the tyre casing.
– SuperSonic, tyres for time trial events.
And there are even more. If you fancy learning it all, here is a link http://www.conti-tyres.co.uk/technical

UPDATE:
Literally within the same week in which I initially published this post, I managed to puncture one of them. It was the beginning of my epic trip from London to Paris. Before I even left the city, I managed to catch this screw on the bicycle lane.

Continental Hardshell Bicycle Tyre

Despite that, I am still very impressed with them. No punctures in 4 months of daily riding in the city, neither I had any for the rest of my three-day cycle to Paris.

Haero Carbon

Is a German based company specialising in making carbon bicycle handlebars? Although it is a relatively new, they already have a list of competitive athletes that used their products in prize-winning competitions.

I received the bottle from them in the same box as my ordered Haero carbon handlebars. There us a stamp that says “made in Germany” on the bottle, but there is no further information on their website. So here is a video of their staff doing backflips on the bike in their factory:

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