Month: July 2010

China’s Moves to OBM via OEM-Powered Takeoff – Whither Taiwan’s Brands?

With King George’s agreement, the British East India company sent an emissary, Lord Macartney, to meet with the Qianlong Emperor of China in 1793. The problem was the trade imbalance — silver flowing into China; tea flowing out. Textile producers having grown fevered at the thought of selling just one pair of socks to every …

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The Great Divide – “Henry Ford is the Albert Pope of the Motor Car”

Readers of this blog may feel inclined to say “not again!” when I mention Iain Boal’s lecture on The Green Machine, at the Copenhagen Museum in April of this year. The quote which is the title of this post comes from that part of his talk dealing with “the great divide” in bicycle manufacturing–that between blacksmith/craftsman …

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Bicycle (Alloy) Frame Maintenance – Cleaning Your Bike is Really Important

There is plenty of information around on cleaning your bike and products to assist you in doing this. Many of these products are aimed at removing heavy, congealed dirt on chains and the frame. In my opinion, if you are in the position of having to use these sorts of detergents, it is too late. …

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Designing and Manufacturing an Alloy Frame – The Production Process from CAD, to Jig, Decals and Beyond

My company, Primavera Cycles,  is in the very early stages of designing a new butted-alloy frame bike. The frame will be the first and primary part of the process, to be closely followed by the selection of appropriate base colors, appropriate graphics, and decals. It will be a warts and all exposé of proceedings. You will …

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