Pinkbike at the Taipei Cycle Show

Mar 19, 2013
by Mike Kazimer  
  Dark clouds and heavy rain greeted us in Seattle as we prepared to embark on our 18 hour journey to Taiwan for the 2013 Taipei Cycle Show

  The weather in Taipei was the opposite of what we had left - high humidity, hazy sunshine, and temperatures around 30 Celcius.

  Scooters are everywhere in Taipei, darting in and out of traffic, and even onto the sidewalks if it's more convenient.

  This delivery driver was only transporting two propane tanks, but there were other riders with four tanks precariously lashed onto the back of their motorcycles.

  In addition to the motor scooters, bicycles are also prevalent in Taipei. The city even has a bike rental program in collaboration with Giant bicycles, where bikes can be rented for less than $1 an hour and returned to any of the stations scattered throughout the city.

  The National Palace Museum houses hundreds of thousands of Chinese artifacts. Jade carvings, bronze sculptures, rare books and calligraphy fill the rooms of the museum.

  We managed to get into the Lamborghini dealership, but photography wasn't allowed, and the cars were a little out of our price range, so we settled for Crunky candy bars from a corner store.

  Some assembly required. We wandered around the convention center where the Cycle Show is being held and took in the half assembled booths and displays on every floor. It's going to be a long night for the exhibitors as they get everything in order for the show's opening day.

  Products of every color, shape and size were being unpacked and prepped in preparation for the start of the show.

  This might not be an OSHA approved technique, but the 'straddle the ladder and lean out really far' method seemed to be popular amongst the construction workers.

  Taipei City is the bustling capital city of Taiwan, with a population of over 2.6 million people.

  Stairs on the edge of the city lead to a scenic overlook offering views of downtown and the Taipei 101, which was the world's tallest building (at 509 meters tall) from 2004-2010.

The market is a sensory overload of bright colors and strange smells.
  When the sun went down we headed to the Shilin Night Market, a sensory overload of bright colors and strange smells.

Mike would starve to death if stranded in the woods with just a bow and arrow.
  Booths with carnival style games line the streets. Levy tries to win some prizes with his bow and arrow skills.

Karl Burkat tries his hand at the ring toss. There might be a slight size advantage at play here...
  Karl Burkat tries his hand at the ring toss. There might be a slight size advantage at play here...

Mike won a lamp at the ring toss. He is pretty happy about his win how do you think she feels about the win
  Although it was Mike Levy who came away the big winner, earning a plastic lamp for his efforts. The booth girl wasn't excited about parting ways with this prize.


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 It looks like she might have something else in mind...,,
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 haha yeah, murder Eek
  • 27 5
 The Hat she is wearing doesn't do her any favors...
  • 28 6
 She's a Carnie! That hats probably covering a bald spot or a crazy mutation. LMAO.
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 I just busted a hernia-
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 You die now... You die. Now... You die... Now... No work.
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 Levy looks over the moon with his prize
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 i don't know about y'all but i think that pink muppet hat is the beez knees! way cooler than any of the other stupid energy drink trucker hats you see everyone else wearing in pics on this site.
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flag Alekoubas (Mar 19, 2013 at 13:31) (Below Threshold)
 she's like "you spent our last 10 bucks on THIS?"
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 Looks like Levy has something else on his mind Smile
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 yeah, illumination...
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 i hate pink.. but i want that cap ! Big Grin
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 Damn that girl is giving Levy the daggers. Doesn't she know he's an internet superstar?
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 Chicks dig guys with skills..... Bow and arrow skills, photo skills, bow staff skills
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 angry sex comin?
  • 9 0 the deal was done, her plastic blue lamp thingy (boxed), for his pink animal cap, and over her dead body was he going to back out of the deal........over her dead body.
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Love it, it's the details that set the scene...!
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 "Ain't nobody got time for pictures!"

- Old dude on Motorcycle
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 Pinkbike goes to Taipei cycle show, forgets to take pics of bikes.
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 It's not started yet.....
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 Why can't the Toronto Bike Show be as bad ass as this? I know because there aren't enough people attending to support a show this size. But there aren't enough people attending because it sucks. Unless your a roadie I suppose. Toronto Bike Show Organizers.... Take notes over the next week or so at how a bike show should look!
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 It sucks because most people in southern Ontario are roadies or ride cross-country, not because there isn't enough people. I dont think that the TBS will ever be something anywhere near awesome...
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 Please check out Anthony Bourdain in Taiwan on Youtube.... Been to Interbike in Vegas; and, that sucks compared to the fun and food you can have in Taipei!

You Sir, are going to eat very well! Oh, don't forget all of that beer and snacks that's all over the place! Yeah, Baby...
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 I think the booth girl wanted to take it home with her!
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 I think she wanted to kill him, look at her eyes, THE EYES, THE EYES!!
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 "You SOB! I've been working 6 months overtime for that lamp."
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 And ONLY the eyes...
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 I'm sorry but I'm not renting a bike with a cartoon cat on the rear fender. Ill spend the extra bucks and get a scooter.
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 Nice shots, who dun it? Rob Dunnet..
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 the last picture that girl is becoming a meme!..
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 mmmmhhhh, delicious Krunky bar Wink
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 I dont know much about bows but Mike is definitely doing it wrong haha
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 well that was very informative...
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 Nice report guys! Enjoy the show. Find the latest and greatest and give us an update soon.
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 holy crap yo that place llooks crazy
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 That girl would be good for the grudge
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 Can't wait for the tmr update.
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 I bid $50 American dollars for that lamp.
When's it going on the block?
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 I love Seattle !!!
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 is it just me, or does that 'girl' look like a guy?
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 So awesome
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 hum, OK, where are the bikes, the new stuff, the bling
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 tomorrow when it opens...
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 Snake alley!!
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 Not excited looks like a gross understatement
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