Taipei Cycle Show 2008
Pictures by Greg Chang, PhotoSport International.
Taiwan’s bicycle industry is export oriented and holds an important position in the world market. It has developed from a traditional manufacturer to one dedicated to providing added functions and added value. The development of brand has allowed Taiwan’s bicycle industry appear as one of the leaders in the world market. Currently Giant and Mirada boast a global ranking of 7th and 19th respectively.
Taipei Cycle Show is one of the most most famous cycle show in the world, with regular participants of internationally renowned brands like GIANT, MERIDA, KENDA, MAXXIS, SHIMANO, SRAM, TOPEAK and Campagnolo. This year, the show is held at TTaipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall and the show is organized by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan Bicycle Exporters’ Association (TBEA). There were a total of 2,840 exhibitors and more than 50,000 visitors throughout the 4 days event.
There were hunks and chicks modeling at various booths of course:
Foss “nail proof” inner tube – They say tubes are consumable goods for cyclist, especially for cyclist who rides on poor conditioned roads like me. I have to change my tubes at least once every 3 months (that’s also I hardly cycle).
Foss came out with an environmental friendly inner tube for cyclist, check this out:
Foss showcase: Trying to put a nail through the inner tube
How about this?
Topeak Jango – Topeak unveiled a line of “multi-activity bicycles” called Jango. The bikes have tightly integrated accessories that can be swapped out with little more than a flick of the wrist. The Jango line is aimed at everyday riders such as commuters and city users.
Topeak calls them “Easy Bikers,” or “people who want to simply enjoy the bike with no complications.”Cables as well as electronic connectors are mostly hidden inside the frame. Borrowing from consumer electronics, the Jango line offer several “plug and play” ports on the bike where riders can swap out accessories.For example, the port on the seat post can house a taillight (one that automatically turns on at dusk), or swapped out for a beam rack. The light can then be reattached to a port on the rear of the rack. Another port at the dropouts can accommodate a rear fender, a sturdier rack or even a camping trailer.
Other happenings include:
Echowell dip their waterproof Bicycle Racing Interface into the aquarium.
Get some public attention while you cycle by broadcasting music from your pda/smartphone through a bluetooth loudspeaker.
Other than loud music, you can increase your attention by having fancy plastic pedals
See you next year !