Photos by MJ Klein & Hui-chen
On Wednesday of this week, Hui-chen and I went up to Taipei for the bicycle show. Our company produces (among other things) bike parts and we like to see new things at this yearly trade show.
Before I get to the bike show itself, I wanted to show you one of the new glass shelters on the THSR platform. Here in Hsinchu, we are famous for a lot of wind and quite frankly, the elevated track platform can get terribly windy. They now have shelters from the wind and that makes for a much more pleasant experience when taking the high-speed rail.
Buildings are popping of all over what was once rather remote farm land. The area near the THSR stations are being developed at an alarming rate.
Anyway, we took the THSR to Banciao station and then the Taipei MRT to Nangang station. From there we took a shuttle bus to the show.
The previous photo says that the bus runs every 10 minutes but we stood there longer than 10 minutes.
Finally we arrived at the show….
Where we met our friend and fellow blogger, David Reid.
This is a cool steel lugged track bike. The finish was so beautiful that without brakes I would be deathly afraid to ride it!
This is Kevin Kao, the man who sold me my new recumbent trike, the Artifice.
This bike is one of Kevin’s newest products. It’s a sports bike with a robust down tube.
This year, it seemed that electric bikes and folding bikes were the newest things. In fact, I even saw a folding electric bike! The one above is a good example of electric assist bikes that are coming out.
This bike was tricked out with lots of interesting features like machined studs along the “gastank,” and airhorn and a way laid back seating arrangement.
Some suppliers were selling products at the show. Hui-chen and I bought a few accessories for our bike that featured built-in air pumps. Hui-chen is shown checking out a soft bike saddle cover that can be pumped up with the built-in pump.
Here are a few shots of some of the more interesting bikes:
These guys were outside near the testing area. They were promoting a new kind of seat that, well, “relax” a certain part of the male anatomy. The guys beckoned me over to their booth but I declined to try the seat out.
I did try this cool folding bike. The guy at the booth claimed this bike can hold rider weight up to 150 KG. Other than the small tires (which I could get used to) this bike was very good, actually.
This is the folding bike I rode.
However, I did not ride this contraption. Every year someone brings out one of these things….
Some more cool looking bikes:
I like the shape of the top tube on this one.
Another nice electric.
This is David Reid checking out the bamboo construction.
When I first saw this, I thought it said “green tea” but it says “Green Tech” and this is another example of a bamboo frame bicycle.
Our last photo is of a Cambodian bicycle company. They had a very nice looking booth and some good looking products.
The show is still open. If you have a chance I highly recommend you take a visit!