Above: Dr David Hon (left) & Mr Henry Hon of Dahon (right)

The Taipei International Cycle Show (TICS) 2013 is back! One of three major cycle trade shows in the world and the largest in Asia, the event was launched today at the Nangang Exhibition Hall in Taipei. With 1,092 exhibitors gathered from Taiwan and all over the world, TICS has attracted participants from over 4,000 international firms, according to Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the exhibition organizer.

Mr Masahito Hirose of Tyrell 

The Togoparts Editorial Team had an exciting day catching up and chatting with key personnel of renowned bicycle brands namely Mr Masahito Hirose, President and owner of Tyrell, a renowned Japanese brand famed for their high performance mini-velos, Dan Farrell, the Group Technical Director of UK based Moulton Bicycle Company founded by Dr Alex Moulton, a legendary engineer and inventor whose AM SPEED Moulton bicycle model still holds the record for the fastest speed, and Dr David Hon, founder of the current largest manufacturer of folding bicycle brands Dahon.

Mr Dan Farrell, Group Technical Director of the Moulton Bicycle Company

In spite of a tight schedule, the team managed to squeeze in some time to attend an exciting international bicycle trends forum titled “Forging Taiwan to be a cycling island. Local government sector heads highlighted an interesting point of how Taiwan, which had developed into a global manufacturing bicycle hub, was (for the longest time) producing products for people in advanced countries instead of their locals and their efforts to promote cycling as a lifestyle in the country. The keynote speech of the forum was delivered by Mr Kevin Mayne, the Development Director of the European Cyclists Federation, an organization that was founded in 1983 to promote cycling as a sustainable and healthy means of transportation and recreation.

Mr Kevin Mayne, Development Director of the European Cyclists’ Federation