While most tradeshows seem to have more in common with a funeral than a bicycle convention in recent years, the annual Taipei Cycle event is always chock full of interesting products and people. Taiwan a long way from wherever you are? That doesn't mean that you can't come along with me on a tour through the crowded halls to see some interesting stuff. We'll check out two hydraulic brakes from Rever, a wild and mega-light carbon fiber chainring, TOR's clever stems and pedals, and a modular foam tire insert system designed to replace the air that you'd normally use.
Okay, when I say "tour,'' I actually mean a blast through just one of the four expansive halls of the Nangang Exhibition Center on a 12" wheeled, battery-powered kids bike with a throttle. No, no fun at all. None. Zero.