July 2012

Speed-Geared Bicycle Rejected Before Its Time

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Technological development basically goes in one direction, following time from the past to the present. You can’t prove the existence of a Higgs Boson, for example, without having an idea it might exist in the first place, before you go looking for it. And on this note some suggest that Peter Sagan is, in fact, […]

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From Taipei Cycle Innovative Products to d&i Awards and now Eurobike Award Candidate

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Haiwan from Qbicle has done quite well with his Tangent Fender since first winning an award at Taipei Cycle’s 2011 Innovative Products Competition. 2011 was to be the last for that particular competition. In 2012 it was replaced by the d&i Awards. Individuals or companies with products that have been available to the market for either less […]

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How do you descend fast? It’s all in the curves

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The burning in my thigh told me I had lost some skin. Tenderness under my helmet told me it had also made contact with the pavement. I glanced over towards my bike: it had come to a rest against the low wall. Lucky for that, otherwise it would be at the bottom of the ravine. […]

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Sure Fire Way to Find a Fork (and just about any) Supplier

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I am in the final stage of planning for an all-alloy bike, no carbon components at all, for the low-end of the market. This has meant selecting a quality fork producer. I produce my own carbon forks and have not yet used an alloy fork. So I have had to search for a producer. Probably […]

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Principles of Good Bicycle Design: 2012 TAIPEI CYCLE d&i Awards Jury Discussion

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This is a video of a discussion held by the five jury members who selected the winning entries to this year’s inaugural competition. It’s 23min long, so a summary of key points is provided below. The judges’ details are listed at the end of this post. From 207 entries, 74 winners were chosen in the […]

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Over six thousand feet of climbing, 30% grades: standard crank and 11-25 cassette?? Surely not!

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Around 700 cyclists, mainly on road bikes, headed off around a classically scenic 77km  route through the hills out the back of Taipei on Sunday. The weather was perfect, the sun was out and, in combination with the climbs, dished out liberal dollops of punishment left, right, and center. There were four climbs to deal […]

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