January 2011

Cheap Bikes and the Logic Behind Neglect

I came across this posted question recently about the difference between police bikes and other bikes. One of the comments was dismissive of supermarket bought bikes. I think, though, that these types of bikes do a pretty good job for what is asked of them. This is the view in a local Carrefour store, one

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Tour of Nantou – 75km, 1200m of climbing

The 2011 Tour of Nantou was held on Saturday. The day was overcast but the rain held off and everyone was treated to a couple of hours of great racing. The route was from Puli in central Nantou down towards the coast, returning to to Puli along the same road and then finishing in a

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Sun Moon Lake Cycling Training Run

Next Saturday will see the first substantial cycling event of the year in Taiwan. Cyclists will start from Puli in Central Taiwan and head down towards the coast for 30 km to Cao Tun. Then they will retrace their steps back to Puli for a right turn and 15km of moderate climbing to the finish

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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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Carbon Composites Ratio of Stiffness to Density

The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry 2011 Handbook arrived in the mail a day or so ago. You can download a copy of it at the WFSGI website. It’s of specific interest due to the section on the bicycle industry. NB also the article on the impact of electric bikes. One article “Composites

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