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A cyclist in the Netherlands has won a legal case against two bike manufacturers who allegedly infringed on his rights under Dutch law.
In November, a Dutch court awarded a cyclist €10,000 for his damages after the manufacturers of the Fjällner, a fork-driven mountain bike with a rear-wheel drive engine, claimed that the bike was not safe for the road.
Dutch authorities have since taken a tougher stance against illegal bike modifications such as those that alter the design of a bike’s frame, fork and stem, which can result in injury or even death.
The lawsuit was filed by the rider, who has since become a father to a son, in February.
In a statement released on Sunday, the rider said that he would be filing an appeal.
“In my view, there is no way of denying that this is a case of bicycle theft,” the statement said.
“I am not afraid to defend myself against the bike manufacturers and their lawyers.
I think the right of a cyclist to defend his or her rights is very important.”
Dutch courts have recently upheld a ruling by the country’s national court against the two companies for infringing on the rights of cyclists, which was issued in October.
The court also fined them $6,000 each.
The company in question, Vittelbrugge-based Hethela, says it had never intended to infringe on the rider’s right to travel safely and that the company had made a mistake by selling the bike in the first place.
In a statement on Sunday night, Hethelm said it “would like to express its sincere apologies to the cyclist who was injured and is suffering the consequences.”