For this year’s Christmas season we at Supernova have come up with something special: We will go without Christmas presents and instead contribute to the effort to combat climate change. For our future generations, we will make the world a little greener with 1,000 new trees! How does that work? We support the Plant-for-the-Planet children’s initiative, which has been planting trees for our climate for eleven years.
The children’s initiative Plant-for-the-Planet
The founder of Plant-for-the-Planet is Felix Finkbeiner and in the foundation year 2007 he was only a nine-year-old. Inspired by the Kenyan activist and Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai and her commitment to Uhuru Park in Kenya, the student decided to set an example for environmental protection. Klaus Töpfer, former Federal Minister of the Environment and Chairman of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), became the patron of the boy’s project. In 2008, as a UNEP Junior Board Member, Felix declared to the EU Parliament: “Every child knows that it is urgent to act”.
Every child knows that it is urgent to act
One year later, at the UNEP Children and Youth Conference in South Korea, Felix called for action and several hundred children from 56 countries stormed the stage to support him in his cause. India, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, Germany – Over 100,000 child ambassadors around the world are now involved in Plant-for-the-Planet and Felix’s tree mission for the climate.
More than 15 billion trees all over the world are the outcome of the initiative until now. In collaboration with scientists at Yale University, Felix from Plant-for-the-Planet has learned that the earth is covered with 3,000 billion trees. His goal is to plant another 1,000 billion trees so that one quarter of the CO² produced by humans can be absorbed. 150 trees per person must be added to the existing 450 trees. To see exactly how many trees have been planted to date, visit the tree counter on the website and see for yourself.
Plant a tree yourself
You would like to contribute to this goal? You have two options: Make a tree donation in your name! Give a tree voucher to another person, which can be redeemed personally on the website. And talk about it!
Once again, the cyclist Ralph Schwörer was able to bring home a victory! At the 24h-race Rad am Ring on Saturday, 28 July 2018, the 50-year-old sportsman from the Black Forest claimed first place in his age group and climbed to third place in the total of 600 individual starters! Thanks to the Supernova Airstream on his road bike, Schwörer was able to contest the “Green Hell” not only fast, but also with the best lighting.
Schwörer can be more than satisfied: Within 24 hours, the tenacious athlete has completed the 26 laps he achieved last year and thereby even saved 4 minutes. In total, he covered a distance of 670 km and climbed over 14,000 meters! The Supernova Airstream helped him through the dark periods. Thanks to its flexible mounting, the featherweight can be easily mounted on any wheel. The battery light has a maximum running time of 14 hours – completely sufficient for the demands of a 24h-race. At this race, the athletes are passing the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, equipped with Formula 1 asphalt, and bring a varied terrain with a demanding altitude profile and a rich variety of curves around the ring behind them. Anyhow, Ralph Schwörer was enthusiastic about the performance of the front light.
Fascination – since 1927, the “Green Hell” has not only attracted car and motorcycle riders, but also cyclists. This race track, also often referred to as the “Grande Dame”, measures generous 18 m in width and offers some special features for the rider: In the slope known as the “Fuchsröhre”, speeds of up to 100 km/h can be reached, but cyclists expect steep sections of up to 17% gradient, just like the one between the “Karussel” and the “Hohe Acht”. The race is considered to be one of the core elements of the entire Rad am Ring program.
The earlier, the better! Supernova supports the initiative AKTIONfahrRAD in being a member of their circle of friends. Thereby we are supporting a good cause: The initiative wants to inspire young people’s interest in cycling.
SUPERNOVA LIGHTS and AKTIONfahrRAD are friends now
Independence, movement, fun – get your bike ready! Together with their partners, the initiative AKTIONfahrRAD realizes ideas to entice youngsters to take up cycling. Whether they provide bikes for schools, qualify teachers for cycling activities with students or organize technical training for the kids with the world champion in mountain biking – the goal remains the same. And good ideas need strong partners. The more people get excited about cycling at an early age, the better for their health and the environment. One of the latest activities is the youth project The climate friendly project Klimatour of the FahrRad! campaign, where young people can register as a group or school class and the one that cycled the most kilometers wins a prize. Of course, all the prices have to do with cycling. And at the German School Championship on 22 September 2018 in Rappershausen, Bavaria, schools from all federal states will meet to determine the German School Champion MRB.
The German bicycle nation can be even more enthusiastic
There are currently 78 million bicycles in Germany. And that with just about 83 million inhabitants. The Ministry of Transport called Germany a “bicycle nation”. Every two years, together with the German Bicycle Club ADFC, they conduct the Bicycle Monitor, a survey that asks German citizens about their habits, wishes and preferences for cycling. According to the results of the bicycle monitor, the majority of German citizens could travel the daily distances by bike. In practice, more than half of Germans like to ride their bikes, but a good third rarely uses their bikes. And almost half of them do not feel safe cycling. Projects such as the AKTIONfahrRAD, which is committed to bringing cycling closer to the kids and promoting projects for safe cycling in schools, are therefore extremely useful.
Together in a joint mission
It is our mission too to motivate people to take up cycling. Moving by bike is not only good for your health, but also for the environment. For this reason, we at Supernova develop outstanding products because we want bikers to be safe, no matter what time of year and what weather conditions. And therefore, it is a great pleasure to us to support smart projects as AKTIONfahrRAD!
That was it again, the Eurobike 2018 at the exhibition centre Messe Friedrichshafen! This well-known bicycle fair took place for the 27th time already, meanwhile holding the “status of the world’s leading trade fair” in the bicycle industry. Despite the earlier date of the fair, this year, more than 1,400 exhibitors from 50 countries were present in the small town at the Lake Constance. (Quotation: Siegfried Neuberger, managing director Zweirad Industrie Verband ZIV)
The Eurobike, as being one of the most important bicycle fairs in the world, means an important event for us at Supernova every year. For all those who (hopefully for good reasons!) did not make it to this year’s fair: we present to you our trade fair experience as well as the latest news from the Supernova development forge at a glance!
Our latest tail light generation, the Supernova M99 Tail Light-25, has been selected out of 366 candidates for the EUROBIKE AWARD 2018! The new tail light is the first road legal brake light for E-bikes in Germany thereby opening up a completely new dimension of safety. Its predecessor, the Supernova M99 Tail Light-45, additionally illuminates the license plate on 45 km/h E-Bikes and thus offers three functions at the same time.
The EUROBIKE AWARD highlights products with the potential to define new trends in the bicycle industry. So what’s new about our product? The big difference to other products previously known as brake lights on the market: With the Supernova M99 Tail Light-25, the traffic driving behind you is not only informed about the braking process, but can also be reliably warned before braking by lightly touching the brake lever – an important additional function, compared to the tail lights, which are called delay lights in technical terms and only light up during the actual braking process. The tail light can be perfectly combined with the Magura MT brake lever, which makes the integration into the cockpit an elegant success. The light also has a lot of power: At 85 cd, the brake light is six times brighter than the brightest approved tail light on the market. Even during the day, the moving person is seen from a distance of more than 900 m.
The M99 MINI PRO-45 is our smallest S-Pedelec front light with 1,400 lumens and 280 lux of high beam according to ECE 113 Class C. With this newcomer from the popular M99 series, we have implemented a performance class even suitable for motorcycles in such a small housing. The main beam reaches over 300 m of width thanks to the outstanding light quantity of ten automotive LEDs. The low beam guarantees the best possible safety at any speed thanks to its perfectly homogeneous light carpet. The front light continues the light revolution that was triggered by its big brother, the M99 PRO, years ago and with the M99 MINI PRO-25 was able to expand its market radius even further: Being equipped with high beam in compact format on the E-MTB and driving the toughest trails in the most adverse lighting conditions! And thereby still being flexible in traffic.
“It’s like Disney World for a cyclist”*
This year again, the voices of dealers, athletes and journalists at the major annual meeting of the bicycle industry sound enthusiastic. One thing is clear: We can’t wait for the next Eurobike! The date for 2019 is of course already in our calendars: September 4 to 7. To everyone’s relief, another public day is planned. Let’s look forward to the next edition with many great lighting innovations which more and more make cycling a safe pleasure! (Quotation: Monika Sattler, influencer RAD Monika)
Here at the Eurobike you can see the dedication and technical expertise that is involved in bicycles – and also that it can really be a lot of fun to use them, whether in your free time or on your way to work.
– Andreas Schwarz, Chairman of the Green Parliamentary Group of the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg and passionate racing cyclist
Text: Myriel Hauser Ι Bildmaterial: Marcus Wallmeyer
Quotations: http://www.eurobike-show.de/eb-de/ (last visited on 16.07.18)
And the series continues! The M99 MINI PRO is honored with the German Innovation Award. This is the fourth honoration for the world’s first front light providing high beam for E-Bikes. At the festivities on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, our front light was rewarded out of the 650 competitors. More than 250 guests from the spheres of economy, politics and the media followed the exclusive invitation into the Museum of Technology in Berlin.
The aim of the German Innovation Award is to honor innovative products that are created on the principle of sustainability. Sector giants, hidden champions or start-ups – they all share one characteristic. A solution, a detail innovation or a service with a real added value for the users. “We are absolutely enthusiastic about the quality of the applicants”, Andrej Kupetz says. For the managing director of the German Design Council innovation is one of the decisive factors to promote on the global market. Among the products you can find bionic gloves, cleaning technologies, fibers for 3D printing, an EV charging station, coffee lemonade, an IoT platform – or high-tech bicycle illumination like the M99 MINI PRO.
The evaluated criteria are for example the degree of innovation, the user value or the economic efficiency. The innovation strategy should take into account aspects like the social, ecological and economical sustainability, the efficient use of energy and resources. Also factors like product durability, market maturity, technical quality and function, material quality, synergy effects and the work place conditions play a significant role in the decision-making process. Amongst the top-class jury that critically valued our M99 MINI PRO there were physicists, patent consultants, computer scientists, finance experts, product designers, technology historians and marketeers. “We want to guarantee an individual, neutral and professional evaluation”, Kupetz emphasizes.
Text: Myriel Hauser/ German Innovation Award Ι Pictures: Marcus Wallmeyer/ German Innovation Award
Part I: A family’s adventure to the other end of the world
3,000 km, 2 bicycles, 1 infant, 1 plan and 7 Supernova products – What many other bikepackers would never dare to do, Bombtrackteamrider Joachim Rosenlund’s family just embarked on. They are cycling through New Zealands wilderness for two months – with a small child.
Joachim, his wife Melanie and their meanwhile one-year old daughter Alva have the best cycling equipment with them: The Supernova Lights mounted on their high tech bikes illuminate every corner of the New Zealand Outback during night and day. On board: E3 Triple 2, Airstreamand Aistream Tail Light, E3 PRO 2with E3 Tail Lightand The Plug.
There is enought nature to discover in the country of the kiwi birds: Turquoise coloured glacial lakes, high mountains and vast beaches. Enjoy solitude and unique remote landscapes? Nothing easier than that! New Zealand impresses with a country surface as big as Great Britain, shared by only 4.3 million of inhabitants. And 30 million of sheep. A piece of land perfectly suitable for the Rosenlunds’ project.
The route of the three family members follows a simple concept: Gravel Travel, meaning travelling while going astray, far from civilisation and its highways, citys and tourists spots. For that, they are willing to accept a detour or even a turning back. The peaceful vastness of New Zealand is definitely worth the way. Most of the times, they spend entirely three or four days touring in the outback, until another food ration runs out. The small family passes its nights sleeping in a tent or in one of the many small hunters’ huts, some even equipped with fireplaces. In order to do so, the cycling family is taking their time for the tour and enjoying it at a leisurely pace. Time to admire beautiful nature around you – and especially to enjoy watching your little daughter growing and exploring. In order to be well illuminated even after the tour, the Airstreamis the perfect partner. By charging The Plug during daytime cycling, the bright light can be easily charged without having any socket.
It has been approximately six weeks since the adventurers started exploring the small insular state in the Southern Pacific, including the well-known Rainbow Road. The 112 km dirt road lies on New Zealand’s Southern island and stretches from Hanmer Springs to St. Arnaud and is famous for its stunning variety of landscapes, from grassland to screes along the Clarence River until the the rugged mountains of the Wairau catchment. The weather conditions can be difficult – often the Rainbow Station in charge declares a warning and informs about one’s own risk to do the trail.
Soon, we’ll tell you more about the endless wilderness of New Zealand.