Roughly 25 million bicycles are produced and sold in China each year, with another 8 million or so being imported. Shanghai’s ‘China Cycle’, the largest annual exhibition of its kind on the mainland, offers a snapshot of a growing local bike market bustling with brands that are probably off the radar of most western consumers.
Taipei Cycle, Eurobike and Interbike are well known landmarks on the bicycle industry’s landscape, but there are other quality exhibitions happening around the world, too. Last weekend, Guangzhou-based online cycling magazine Biketo.com visited the 5th Shenzhen International Bicycle Festival in Guangdong province and made a short video blog to capture the atmosphere.
Since departing his native Australia for China in 2006, former urban planner and velophile Shannon Bufton has honed his considerable energy into bringing the bicycle back to Beijing. Last weekend, he went all out; unveiling a new high-end bicycle exhibition, Beijing Bike Week, from within the capital city’s opulent Jingbao Mall.
When Cycling iQ began in September 2011, Twitter seemed like the perfect platform for sharing snippets of data from the bicycle industry and UCI AsiaTour. Logically, not all readers will be amongst the 200 million registered Twitter accounts worldwide; nor is there time to read everything. The weekly Cycling iQ ‘Twintel’ (Twitter Intel) digest, an … Continue reading
Taipei Cycle Show is to the bicycle industry what BaselWorld is to the jewellery and timepiece sector. It’s the mass platform for brands and factories to connect with buyers all the way down the supply chain. Now in its 25th year, almost 1,100 exhibitors are competing for attention within the reinforced walls of the Taipei World Trade … Continue reading
I remember frothing with excitement about an outdoors coffee festival in Sydney’s old-town centre ‘The Rocks’ a few years back. On arrival, visions of quaffing endless $1 double ristrettos, extracted from polished Italian-made groupheads, were quickly vanquished by impenetrable crowds. Nothing to do but join the queue then…
With 20% of South Korea’s population, a sophisticated, health-conscious, consumer market and local government investment of KRW1.833 trillion (EUR1,140,000,000) into public transport infrastructure, Seoul city should seem a logical location for a bicycle exhibition. But why doesn’t anyone go?
Australia became Belgium overnight in July, as it seemed the entire country stayed awake into the wee hours to watch Cadel Evans seal a historic win at the 2011 Tour de France. Post-Tour engagements piled up, including a media conference by team sponsor BMC at Eurobike, Germany.