Just north of our motherland lays Taiwan, an industrial country that offers more than just cheap electronics. Just this March, WeFXD once again packed their fixed gear bikes and explored what Taiwan has to offer in its capital city, the vibrant Taipei.
Taiwan is home to a great number of manufacturers of bicycles and components known in the cycling world. Most of these brands showcased their products at the 2016 Taipei International Cycle Show, along with other international brands. WeFXD had the chance to visit and see first-hand the developments in technology and design in cycling. The group met with local and international cycling personalities; Wayne Lin of Fixed Holiday, local bike photographer Y.C. Tang, Chris Yang of Locked Cog, and other friends from South Korea, Germany, and Spain.
Weaving through Taipei traffic with the locals, the group explored the city and its tourist spots during the day. At night time, the group mashed to local food spots and night markets to load up on their amazing street food and local beer, and hung-out at the grounds of Taipei 101 and different bike shops such as Nabiis, Kendo Shop, and Spun Studio.
Interesting spots were the bike-centric restaurants such as W_Water Café and Nest. On display at W_Water is a well-curated private collection of enthralling, rare bikes and framesets that will wow every bike enthusiast. Nest, a burger and breakfast restaurant, is a cyclists’ haven. It is owned by the founder of the largest fixed gear group in Taiwan, Fixed Gear Style.
WeFXD also got the chance to witness the Taipei Cycle Drag Race presented by Nabiis, and was won by 8bar and Rad Pack rider Jonas Fischer of Germany. And an added bonus, the group also got to see the first stage of the annual Tour de Taiwan. The first stage of the UCI Asia Tour race was a criterium that went around the city, and it was nothing short of intense.
Clearly, Taiwan has a thriving fixed gear culture much like what we have here in the Philippines. It can be seen through the numbers that join the group night rides, the bike races, and those that support the culture for its cause. Ultimately, the pure joy of riding bicycles with your friends knows no boundaries and nationalities.