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Bamboo bikes and recumbent trikes at Taipei Cycle

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Taipei Cycle 2009 is now on at the Nangang Exhibition Centre. In the middle of the exhibition hall on the fourth floor were all the big names in cycling: Giant, Merida, Dahon, Campagnolo, Shimano and SRAM. Elsewhere there were all sorts of bicycles, accessories and activities. I visited the show yesterday and my report and photos follow.

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Amongst the multitude of bikes on display the bamboo bike caught my attention. Several manufacturers had them on display. The frame seems to integrate bamboo and carbon fibre.

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I have often wondered why helmet makers don’t incorporate lights into helmets. This year I saw Prowell had adopted this simple idea. I also saw Lazer had done something similar.

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I couldn’t help but pay attention to the sign on this stand which read “Testicles relaxing”. They were promoting a new bicycle seat design which is designed to take the pressure off that sensitive area of the male anatomy.

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Here is a photo showing the seat design. Interesting concept…

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Outside there was an exhibition of extreme BMX riding. The above photo shows BMX World Champion Daniel Dhers getting some air time.

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And displaying some of his acrobatic talents.

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Look Mum, no hands! Daniel pulled off some amazing maneuvers and made them look easy. There were also some riders from Taiwan showing off their talents and they were also very skilled.

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In the afternoon I met up with MJ Klein and Hui-chen. They took me to the Tw-Bents stand to check out the recumbent tricycle. MJ is the owner of one of these amazing vehicles and he snapped the above photo of me reclining on the recumbent.

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After checking out some of the displays we went outside to the test riding area. I test rode the Onipax M1 folding bike. Earlier in the day I had tried out a few Dahon folding bikes and I thought the Onipax was much more comfortable. This was in a large part due to the geometry which sets the handlebars forward and the seat back compared to the Dahon. The frame and folding mechanism of the Onipax is also much more robust. Its retail price is NT$28,500. I also rode a couple of recumbent tricycles that were on display, but they didn’t allow any photos to be taken.

Taipei Cycle continues until 20 March. There is a shuttle bus to the exhibition centre from Nangang MRT Station. TaiSPO, the sporting goods exhibition, starts at the Taipei World Trade Centre (Xinyi District) today and continues until 22 March.

*More photos in the Taipei Cycle 2009 set at flickr.

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Comments

Comment from cfimages
Time 19 March 2009 at 9:40 am

Good report David. What a shame that the show ends on Friday – surely they could have kept it going for at least one day over the weekend.

Comment from David Reid
Time 19 March 2009 at 9:51 am

Craig,

I don’t know why the dates didn’t fall on a weekend this year. The bike show also didn’t coincide with the Tour de Taiwan as it has in recent years.

Comment from Maoman
Time 19 March 2009 at 2:36 pm

Great pictures, David!

Comment from Todd
Time 19 March 2009 at 8:34 pm

Great report David! I really wanted to make it up for this, better luck next year I guess.

Comment from Mike
Time 20 March 2009 at 3:38 am

I love that bamboo bike!