Hong Kong cyclist Louis Shih only wanted to solve the problem of getting a quality cycling jersey for his local club. Today, the co-founder of custom cycle clothing brand Champion System is backing China’s first UCI ProContinental team.
In an effort to curb the rising costs of doing business on the mainland, Advanced International Multitech Co Ltd (AIM), a publicly-listed OEM to some of the world’s most evocative bicycle and golfing brands, intends to migrate Chinese production lines back into its Taiwan operations.
120 years since a former gunsmith, Eisuke Miyata, built the first Miyata bicycle, this esteemed name in Japanese bicycle history is returning to its manufacturing roots, with a new project that promises to deliver catatonic doses of nostalgia to Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers.
Unless you’ve got a house in Guangdong province, Tianjin or Taichung, the chance of stumbling across a bicycle manufacturing facility is minimal at best. So it was a pleasant surprise to do just that when on vacation in Rotorua, New Zealand. Heard of Jeffson bikes? Nope, neither had I until last month.
So long, November. As cycling consumers finalise their Christmas 2011 shopping list of bikes and gadgets, the bicycle industry’s Product Managers have returned from Taichung, Taiwan, after ordering parts for the bikes those same consumers may buy in 2013. Welcome to the weird world of the bicycle industry product cycle.