Taipei Cycle’s 21st edition: Goodbye to Old TWTC
Taipei Cycle Show
Lots of people from the European bike industry have been coming to the Taipei Cycle Show for over a decade. There are also many buyers, product managers, wholesalers, importers etc., that were there right from the start twenty years ago. This year that routine is about to change.
With its 21st edition, the Taipei Int’l Cycle Show is moving to a brand new venue. This means saying goodbye to the old Taiwan World Trade Center that for many holds lots of memories.
Looking back at twenty years of Taipei Cycle at the ‘old’ TWTC venue brings back memories of the Grand Hyatt next door still being affordable and of Far East sourcing still being special. At that time you also had to take care when passing double floored stands… Then Taipei Cycle was still a limited show. How things have changed.
Of course the growing popularity of the Show has to do with the changes in the bike business since the first Taipei Cycle in 1986. Since that time frame production, for example, became extinct in Europe while bike production as a whole became extinct in the United States.
Component manufacturing for the most part followed suit. With that trend, Taipei Cycle developed into THE industry event that’s on everyone’s agenda. But thinking about what made Taipei Cycle so popular over the years, one can only conclude that it has to do with atmosphere as well as business.
The buzzing business sound in the dome-shaped TWTC hall; the passing on the escalators and in the isles of all those familiar faces, and of course the meet-and-greets in the hotels. Certain ones were and still are strongholds of particular companies or brands; like the Howard Plaza was and is for Raleigh/Derby. Is all this going to change with Taipei Cycle moving to its new location?