If a theme emerged from last week’s Taipei International Cycle Show, it was color, color, color: neon, DayGlo and pastel. Utilitarian black was hard to find.
Asia’s most important bicycle show, or Taipei Cycle for short, was held in Taipei March 16-19. I asked my son Ben, who lives in the Taiwanese capital, if he might attend the show and snap some pictures. His photos, all shot with a Canon PowerShot S95, a very sophisticated point-and-shoot, pocket-size camera, can be seen in the slideshow and gallery below.
Judging from Ben’s photos, bicycles are becoming works of art, with anodized hubs, wheels and headsets in a wide range of eye-catching colors. You make a statement when you cruise through the ‘hood on one of these machines.
Taipei Cycle, in its 24th year, featured a record 3,060 booths staffed by representatives of 948 exhibitors — 708 local and 240 from overseas.
Among the exhibitors showcasing their latest models and technology were Taiwanese companies Giant and Merida, Shimano, SRAM, Campagnolo, Colnago, Gios, De Rosa, Bianchi, Cinelli, Mavic and Sigma Sport.
“If you want to see the future trends in cycling, Taipei Cycle is the place to go,” said Walter Yeh, vice president of Taiwan External Trade Development Council.”
Taipei Cycle is one of the top three cycle trade shows in the world. And Yeh said it has become one of the most internationalized of the shows, with international vendors now accounting for a quarter of all exhibitors.
The show was open to the public only on the last day, and that’s were Ben attended. The fee for the public was the equivalent of about $6, but Ben was asked if he was an “international visitor,” which indeed he was. He was given a free pass as a representative of “Jim’s Bike Shop.” I wish he had said “Jim’s Bike Blog.” That would have been too cool.