Bamboo bikes and recumbent trikes at Taipei Cycle
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.
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.
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.
Here is a photo showing the seat design. Interesting concept…
Outside there was an exhibition of extreme BMX riding. The above photo shows BMX World Champion Daniel Dhers getting some air time.
And displaying some of his acrobatic talents.
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.
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.
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.