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Taipei, March 20 (CNA) Asia’s largest bike show opened Wednesday in Taipei, attracting over 1,000 exhibitors who are expected to generate over US$300 million in business, organizers said.

The Taipei International Cycle Show has attracted 1,103 exhibitors from 36 countries, over a quarter of whom are foreign exhibitors, Wang Chih-kang, chairman of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), said at the opening ceremony of the show.

A total of 7,000 international buyers are estimated to attend the show that will run till March 23, he said.

“Taiwan has become the supply center of the world’s high-end bicycles,” he said, highlighting the country’s strength in the research, development and branding of bicycles.

The export value of Taiwanese bicycles reached US$1.8 billion in 2012, up 8.68 percent from a year earlier, while the total export value of bicycles and bicycle parts touched US$2.73 billion in 2012, an increase of 11.74 percent from the previous year, according to TAITRA, Taiwan’s main trade promotion body.

Taiwan also exported 94,200 bikes valued at US$45.29 million to China last year, a significant growth of 179 percent and 158 percent, respectively, from 2011, TAITRA said.

Wang attributed the growth to a reduction of tariff barriers in bicycle trade since the 2010 Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement between Taiwan and China took effect.

He said the Taipei bike show is currently Asia’s largest and among the top three in the world, and expressed hope that the show will become the world’s largest, after construction is completed on a new exhibition hall near the current venue at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall.

He added that the show is also expected to boost business in the tourism, transportation and communications sectors.

Anthony Lo, chairman of the Taiwan Bicycle Exporters’ Association, said Taiwan should continue its efforts to become a “cycling island” by continuing to research and develop high-quality bike products, improving its cycling environment and transforming its cities into low carbon cities.

Currently, over 25,000 people use the Youbike system — a bike rental system in Taipei — every day, Lo said, adding that the number of bikes under the program is expected to increase from around 1,500 to over 5,500 by July this year, benefiting over 10 million riders in the city each year.

Youbike was launched by the Taipei city government in 2009 and allows registered users to use their “Easy Card” prepaid transport cards to rent the bikes for free for the first half hour of rental, after which they are charged.

Vice President Wu Den-yih said the government is determined to support Taiwan’s bicycle industry and urged the Ministry of Economic Affairs to accelerate the construction of the new exhibition hall.

The four-day show will showcase a diverse range of bicycles, bicycle accessories, sportswear and other bicycle and sports-related products.

Forums will also be organized to discuss the latest breakthroughs in motors, batteries and emerging market trends and how to transform Taiwan into a “cycling island.”

An international expo showcasing sports textiles and accessories will also be held March 20-23 in Taipei, while an international sporting goods show and an international diving and water sports show will take place March 19-22.

At the opening ceremony, Wu also presented awards to the four gold award winners of the Taipei Cycle d&i awards, jointly organized by TAITRA and Taiwan Bicycle Exporters’ Association and executed by iF International Forum Design GmbH for the second time.

The gold award winners include an innovative full carbon wheel set, a cycle shoe insole, child’s bicycle seat and bicycle brake caliper.

The annual event, now in its 26th year, will take place at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall and Hall 1.

(By Christie Chen)



Choosing the appropriate clothes for sports is crucial to good performance; if you are not comfortable in what you are wearing, you can never perform well. Usually all sports have almost same standards when it comes to clothes, so selecting the perfect ones for yourself should not be a big deal. However, here are a few tips to help you in buying the perfect sports clothing;

Avoid bulky or loose clothes

When doing sports, players want to focus on the game alone, for this reason the clothes the player is wearing should never come in his/her way. Tightly fitted clothes will make sure that player concentrates fully on the game without bothering about what he/she is wearing. Moreover, tight clothes enhance ventilation. However, running clothes like track suits are often loosely fitted but they do well with casual running.

No more cotton

When buying sports clothing especially cycling clothes the fabric should be taken into account; avoid buying cotton clothes. Cotton clothes have the tendency to hold moisture and get bulky. On the other hand, synthetic fabric keeps moisture away from the body keeping it dry and ventilated and when doing sports you do not want to get all wet with sweat.

Bacteria protection

Physical activity give rise to sweating and that may produce bad body odor. But if antimicrobial clothes are used, bad odor can be minimized. In addition to this, these clothes also guard the players against certain infections and health risks. So, always go for apparels which have antibacterial properties.

Cost price             

Price may vary according to what brand you go for. There are several brands which are too expensive and offer same quality and style as offered by other reasonable vendors. Just ensure not to get overly expensive apparel.

Comfort and style

Because fashion trends keep on evolving and sportswear are now being closely linked to fashion, it is important to choose something that is comfortable as well as stylish or trendy. Pick something that matches your personality. Go for styles and colors which are in fashion. You can always compliment your clothes with proper footwear and several accessories like wristbands and bags.


Keeping the body at its normal temperature while gaming is important and to avoid feeling too hot during the physical activity, lightweight breathable fabrics like spandex or polyester should be picked. On the other hand, during winter season, clothes with sufficient layering should be chosen so that the body stays warm enough to be able to perform properly.

The sportswear industry has evolved so much that there are different and specific sports clothing for every specific sport; for example, cycling clothes are different from running clothes and similarly, other sports also have their own specific standards in clothes. Although the basic standards remain the same, the apparels designed specifically are aimed for enhancing performance and meeting the user requirements.

Apart from the above mentioned tips, the type of clothes one chooses is a matter of personal preferences and comfort level.




Sporting Life

August 2020