Interesting bikes at Taipei Cycle 2010

The 2010 Taipei International Cycle Show opened yesterday at the TWTC Nangang Exhibition Centre. I visited the show today. This year Taipei Cycle has a record number of exhibitors and it seemed like every available space in the exhibition centre was being used.

As usual the big brand names like Giant, Merida, Dahon and Shimano occupied the prime positions in the middle of the main exhibition hall. Apart from the big names there is a huge array of bicycles and accessories on display. It is always interesting to discover some new and innovative products and designs.

Outside the exhibition hall there is a test riding area. This is a great chance to get your hands on a wide range of bikes. I test rode a few different models of folding bike from Dahon and Pacific Cycles including the Dahon Bullhead in the photo above.

The Dutch ID bike in the photo above was one of several cargo bike models being displayed by MM Bicycles Co. These bikes are made in Taiwan and  exported to Europe. If cycling is to really become an important form of transport then there need to be more bikes like this on the roads doing small delivery jobs within cities.

This Nankon bike is made in Taiwan. The staff described it as a touring bike, but I think utility bike is a better description. It is similar to the Xtracycle, but the extension is built into the frame rather than added on. Like the Dutch ID cargo bikes this would be very useful for carrying heavy loads around town.

A very interesting bike (actually a trike) that I saw was the Tarasov rowcycle. The bike is propelled by a rowing action. It can apparently reach speeds of up to 80km/h or more on the road. There is also a two-wheeled version. I was able to test it on a stand and it would be interesting to see how it handles on the road.

Tw-Bents had their new tandem recumbent bike on display. It is a two-wheel drive bike with the person sitting at the front driving the front wheel and the person at the back driving the rear wheel. Having two separate drive trains make the bike easy to separate via couplings in the middle of the frame for easy transportation.

I also found a Taiwanese company making helmets with lights integrated into them. They are sold under the Aegis brand. This is such a simple idea, but it has never become popular in the marketplace. I wasn’t allowed to take a photo, but you can see the helmet on the company’s website here. They will be selling the helmets on Saturday for NT$3,600. You can find them at stand K1329.

Another interesting design was the bike trailers by Free Parable Design. The two-wheeled trailer can be easily hitched onto almost any type of bike. When detached from the bike the trailer can be put in an upright position and functions much like a suitcase with wheels.

Taipei Cycle is open to the public from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday 20 March. The final stage of the Tour de Taiwan is also on Saturday in Taipei. The stage is a 60 lap criterium around Taipei City Hall. It starts and 9:30am and is scheduled to finish at 10:53am.

*More photos in the Taipei Cycle 2010 set at flickr.