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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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From New Year Holidays to Taipei Cycle

Come last Tuesday evening, most of Taiwan was in shutdown mode. The New Year of the Rabbit, by the lunar (or lunisolar) calendar, was due to begin on Thursday, so most people were preparing to head for family reunion dinners on Wednesday night. A short 5 days later, and yesterday was the day when everything […]

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Intellectual Property Conundrum – The Case of the ‘Elliot Flyer’

Today following lunch I was going over some background in the development of Taiwan’s high-end bicycle sector for my employees. The briefest, and probably the best, description that can be made of it is that of a “complete” supply chain. All bicycle components in multiple incarnations are available. Knowing your way through this complex maze […]

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Taichung Bike Week Visit to Potential Supplier

But before I give some details about this, a quick word on the weekend’s annual Mt. Yang Ming Challenge that my company’s team riders went to on Sunday. Here’s Chang leading the guys in a photo-op shot into the finish after they had all concluded. We had a 12th (510 finishers) in the U29 cat, […]

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Shimano’s 2010 Challenge

I recently came across an interesting discussion thread on roadbikereview.com forums. The question was put: Is Shimano Dead? It was prompted by a contributor commenting that all he has been seeing in magazines recently is SRAM. A key point to come out in thread posts is the excellence of Rival and Force as more than […]

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Bicycle Design Evolution – Irrelevant Designs and Wacky, Batty, Improbable Outliers

Mommus made a comment in relation to my most recent post. The post tossed up some ideas concerning connections between (scientific) knowledge and the real world (applications). I will use the comment as a way to try and take the issue further, or at least in a bit of a different direction. Although Alexander’s comment brings things […]

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