A View Inside OEM & ODM Bicycle Manufacturing in Taiwan
Taiwan is world-central for mid- to high-end bicycle manufacturing.
Click around this site to find a whole bunch of articles covering a range of manufacturing processes and issues.
Many of the topics are covered nowhere else. Enter a few keywords into the search box, or scroll down the Menu category pages. If you are bike tech geek, you’ll be surprised what turns up.
There are also several articles on the social and cultural aspects of cycling here and there as well.
I have been active in Taiwan’s bike industry since 2006, writing off and on about the industry over the years.
I now work as a marketing consultant and technical writer.
SOME RECENT ARTICLES
I attended the Taipei Cycle d&i Awards held yesterday (24.02.2022) at Taipei’s World Trade Center. Here are some impressions, plus the gist of an interesting set of comments from a long-time d&i judge, Gideon Loewy, especially his pointed comment about Taiwan’s strength in manufacturing vs what he sees as the “future of cycling” (hint: they are not the same).
Picture us, me and a colleague sitting in a certain mega-corporation’s smallish visitor section just inside the door of the main office. Yes, the one in downtown Dajia on the main drag, a building that if someone did not point it out to you, you wouldn’t notice. Ann, the GM, will be along soon .
To kick off 2022, here’s a story about a business dilemma. Picture a growing, youngish bike component manufacturing company a bit to the north of Taichung. On one hand they offer flexible MOQs in order to service smaller, boutique bike brands. On the other, they’re dead set on snagging the business of the mega players,
This is cool. The video shows how easy it is to install and remove a pf30 bottom bracket. For the first method, you only need one tool, a wrench that comes with the unit. What is the unit? It is a pf30 bb where one half of the sleeve threads into the other half. So
First Components are clearly up to something. That something would appear to be the publication of a series of “Ultimate Guides”. The latest in the series is The Ultimate Guide to Square Taper & Octalink Cranksets. The post gives you complete information about this type of crankset. It’s especially useful if you want to change
You need special tools and the right technique to remove the crank from a square taper or ISIS/Octalink bottom bracket. This video shows the whole procedure in quite a lot of detail. The specialist tools you require are the ISIS/Octalink driver that fits into a half-inch square drive wrench. The best wrench to use is