Social/Historical

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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“Excuse me, can you ride?”

This classic poem was brought to my attention a while back and since a bit of cycling poetry has appeared via RocBike, I re-present it here. It was written in 1896, the period of the cycling boom by Andrew Patterson. It seems kind of appropriate too with out-of-control bikes to be seen in some parts […]

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Wheel Hub Manufacturing Workshop – Cold Forge, CNC and Bicycle Components Factory Culture

Bicycle component manufacturing is where the journey to the creation of a complete bicycle begins. A brand may assemble the units that end up rolling down the highways and byways. But the heart and soul of a bicycle is forged in workshops dotted over the landscape, from Tainan in the south to Taipei in the […]

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Cycling Culture, Cycling Infrastructure, Bike Sharing – LOHAS

First Movement . . . she is . . . absolutely. She’s somewhere in downtown Taichung, this amazing sculpture set in front of a new apartment complex. There’s a story here. Given the time I would like to track it down. Another darn thing that’ll have to wait. What gets me is the vibe. I find […]

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But You Guys Don’t Ride Bikes!

cycling. . . heralds a kind of social revolution Dr. Yeong-Tyi Day Revolutionary reflections as the Republic of China (ROC) begins looking to its centenary in 2011. This will mark 100 years since the fall of the Ching Dynasty in China, one the the great revolutions in history. (On the relationship between Taiwan and the ROC). […]

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