June 2010

Five Reasons You Should Attend Taipei International Cycle Show 2011

Or Taipei Cycle 2011 as the abbreviation will go. March 16-19 in the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall (TWTC Nangang). It will also feature the 15th International Bicycle Design Competition. It seems that each year as soon as it’s over you start orienting yourself towards the coming year’s program. Applications opened a few days ago […]

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OEM Suppliers: Gaining Support and Being a Reliable Customer

I recently posted on issues to do with creating and maintaining a relationship with an OEM supplier. One of my readers, Nathan, suggested a followup article focusing on the finder details of negotiating with suppliers. This included questions such as what you need to know before a negotiation; good tactics to apply; negotiating prices and […]

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Le Tour 2010

A preview of team bikes is out in the July/August edition of Taiwan Cycle Sports. In the groupset stakes two years ago it was mainly Campagnolo Record, the rest being DuraAce. Last year SRAM Red made inroads. This year the count comes in with Campagnolo-8; Red-7; DA-7. An interesting balance acheived mostly at Campagnolo’s expense. […]

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Giant’s New TCR Composite 1 Revisited; Composite 2 Compared and Contrasted with Merida Scultura 105

I recently wrote about Giant’s new TCR Comp 1 offering. Since the post generated considerable interest from far and wide, here is a followup. Comp 1 Firstly, in relation to the release of the Comp 1, one of the first reactions from Giant branch stores has been one of a degree of discontent. As Giant dealers […]

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Bike Frame Design – Steps and Issues in Designing a Women-Specific Alloy Road Bike Frame

A few years ago, I set about designing an alloy road bike frame specifically for women.  Well, I was actually just designing a frame for myself, because the existing choices were very poor in Taiwan; these designs were formulated with the US and European markets in mind. The market in Taiwan was (still is?) considered […]

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Do You Love Your Bike?

Actually, the correct phrase is “Now: Do you love your bike”? It’s the conclusion to an article from Bicycling Magazine’s editor Bill Strickland, published in the May 2008 edition. I’ve tried to find some sort of link or reference to this online but can’t. To see it in full, you’ll probably have to dig up […]

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