April 2011

High Profile Alloy Rim

I was doing some visits to potential suppliers this week. One is to a recent entrant into rim manufacturing. Their core business has been the production of rim manufacturing machines for other rim manufacturers. They have also been producing motor-cycle rims for some time and have now expanded their scope to include bicycle rims. I […]

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11th AMD Tour of East Taiwan Pt. II – Stage 3 National Cycling Club Series 2011; AMD 環花東國際自行車大賽

This post follows on from Day 1 of the 2011 AMD Tour of East Taiwan. The 173 km leg of the event was held on Sunday April 17.  The route, not to mention the conditions, were quite different. The distance back to Hulien was longer and the rain came down. This resulted in very different outcomes […]

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11th AMD Tour of East Taiwan – Stage 2 National Cycling Club Series 2011; AMD 環花東國際自行車大賽

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April saw the 11th edition of the annual Tour of  East Taiwan which I attended with my own team of four cyclists. Saturday’s 130 km from Hualien to the finish some 30 km to the north of Taitung was also Stage 2 of the National Cycling Club Series for 2011 (Stage […]

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Conservative Majority vs Innovative Minority – No Middle Ground in Bicycle Design?

Bike Biz has just published an overview of the recent Taipei Cycle. The general idea is that trends are being reflected, not established, in keeping with the conservative nature of these sorts of trade shows. There are a few aspects to this. One very important one is commercial. For example with regards to some new models […]

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3D Printing Bicycle Components

Quite some time ago I promised to have a look at the potential of 3D printing in relation to quick production of frame prototypes. It seems that  especially when it comes to fast turnaround on prototype parts, 3D printing offers clear advantages. Recently the complete printing of a nylon bicycle has attracted a bit of […]

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