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Cycle Mode JAPAN: for the people

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…

IRAN going ballistic for cycling

Earlier this month, an article in the Tehran Times explained the country’s road cyclists had helped Iran top the UCI’s Asia Tour rankings for the 2011 season. This meant the Iran Olympic team could field the maximum number of three cyclists at the 2012 London Games’ road cycling race.

Road cycling INDIA watch out world this is serious

In this continuation of yesterday’s post, Cycling iQ holds a Q&A with Vivek Radhakrishnan, co-creator of Bangalore-based KYNKYNY Wheelsports cycling team, about the road cycling scene in India.

KYNKYNY Wheelsports India’s first UCI Continental road cycling team?

Could the alliance between an Indian designer trained in the Netherlands, a former India National Cycling squad manager and Aussie ex-pro cyclist result in the country’s first globetrotting road cycling team? It’s an intriguing possibility. Cycling iQ chats with Vivek Radhakrishnan, co-creator of Bangalore-based KYNKYNY Wheelsports cycling team.

Easton-Bell Sports sues: Specialized’s plea to US bicycle retailers

A year after launching its Giro cycling footwear category, Easton Bell-Sports has sued Specialized Bicycles, alleging the Morgan Hill-based bicycle manufacturer – with its own extensive range of branded footwear – sent a dealer agreement addendum to Specialized’s US retail partners, asking them to desist from stocking and selling Giro shoes. Mike Sinyard, President of … Continue reading

Flight Centre: travel agent turns bicycle retailer

Founded in 1981 by Graham Turner, Flight Centre – today, Australia’s largest travel agency – is an extremely diversified group of companies. Amongst its portfolio of 36 mostly travel-related brands, a bicycle division is taking flight.

KOREA World Bike Show 2011

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?

UCC bicycles: the Avanti connection

Yesterday, Cycling iQ explored the development of emerging bicycle brand UCC in its home territory of China. Though UCC produces 50,000 self-branded bicycles each year, another 400,000 units are produced in its factories for other well-known bicycle brands. The most enduring relationship of this kind is with Australasian brand, Avanti. Welcome to the world of … Continue reading

UCC bicycles: not another giant

Siloed in the NE Asia market (with Indonesia an exception), UCC might well be the biggest bicycle brand you never heard of. Since inception five years ago, Universal Cycle Corporation’s year-on-year growth is modest in the context only a Chinese start-up in a country with 8-10% annual economic growth could truly relate to. So why isn’t … Continue reading

2011 Tour of Beijing: a sponsor’s perspective

Universal Cycle Corporation (UCC) was “designated bicycle sponsor” at the recent Tour of Beijing. That’s quite a big deal, considering China is home to a few *cough* GIANT bicycle brands. Richard Lin, UCC’s president, and Tony Wu, Owner of UCC’s China distributor Rapid Trading, joined me for a late-night coffee at the official team hotel … Continue reading