Three Steps to Producing / Accessing a New Carbon Frame

Most cyclists or even discerning buyers would probably not recognize this “brand”. The Fritz Jou booth at Taipei Cycle is, moreover,  not a particularly busy one. This company, though, handles production for very prestigious brands. Busyness, or lack of it, is no guide to business volume or potential. Just around the corner are more flawless

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Five Reasons You Should Attend Taipei International Cycle Show 2011

Or Taipei Cycle 2011 as the abbreviation will go. March 16-19 in the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall (TWTC Nangang). It will also feature the 15th International Bicycle Design Competition. It seems that each year as soon as it’s over you start orienting yourself towards the coming year’s program. Applications opened a few days ago

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OEM Suppliers: Gaining Support and Being a Reliable Customer

I recently posted on issues to do with creating and maintaining a relationship with an OEM supplier. One of my readers, Nathan, suggested a followup article focusing on the finder details of negotiating with suppliers. This included questions such as what you need to know before a negotiation; good tactics to apply; negotiating prices and

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Rest in Peace – The Rest is History

As you drive through the Taichung county hinterland, you will see this rising above the rice-fields. When you get right up to it, this is what it will look like: A water-tower. Well, yes…and no. Imposing, and–as I understand it these days–no longer used. It also marks the burial site of the failure of an

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Six steps to finding an OEM supplier

It’s my first visit to this operation. The production areas are compact, clean and neat; well-organized. This is no line-production process as such. Each section has its artisans working on their cluster of framesets. Amongst the brands represented are Colnago and Pinarello as well as a production of Rivendell Hillbournes–a good sign. I’m here to

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Free bikes for everyone?

A post from Bike Snob touching on the issue of ‘free’ and the remarks from a commentator on the post–who mentioned Chris Anderson’s recent book on “Free” as the business model of the future–led  to the following line of thought. Picture this. You see a great new bike at the shop. It’s just what you want, so in you go, get

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