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2010 Shanghai Bike Convention

Photo: Forever bike from http://peoplesbike.com

The Shanghai Bike Convention wrapped up last week, and People’s Bike has some great photo galleries of bikes from the show. Check out all of their posts with the tag Shanghai to get an overall feel. Of particular note are some of the new bikes from traditional Chinese brands like Phoenix, Forever, and Flying Pigeon. Bikes like this one, with its florescent V profile rims are not like any I have seen on the streets in China. It definitely looks like the urban “fixie style” is influencing some of the designs for the domestic Chinese market. Speaking of fixies, People’s Bike has a post dedicated to fixed gear and single speed bikes at the show. I have seen quite a few track bike and road fixie riders in Hong Kong, but I don’t think I have seen more than three in mainland China (all in Shanghai). If this show is an indication, maybe that will change. I will be on the lookout for bikes like some of these on my next trip. Finally, don’t miss People’s Bike’s “Fun Stuff” post, which features bikes like this one that you are likely to only see at a Chinese show (even though the bike I just referenced is Spanish).

Thanks to Richard at Cyclelicious for pointing the People’s Bike coverage out to me. I noticed this morning that UrbanVelo mentioned the show as well.

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  1. Michael says

    Nice. My Forever was an “Er Shi Ba” the archetypal 28″ roadster. Nice to see Forever is getting more shapely whilst retaining the Chinese bike’s practical soul (guards and carrier as standard equipment).
    The fixxie could translate quite well to youth culture in the mainland. When I was living there a few years back, the hot rodded “youth bike” was a cheapo, chromed MTB kitted out with purple or blue anodised parts. Hot items were those terrible adjustable stems set on full drop with a set of cheap, 1st generation risers (the ones with the bolt on brace) reversed and a seat set as high as possible, regardless of leg length! The effect was like a “ton up boy” cafe racer moto from the late sixties. All this was in total contrast to the DH rigs and dirt jumpers which were, at that time, ultra-cool in the West. But, given that 99.9% of cyclists in China ride with a low seat and high bars, these “cafe racer” MTBs were the ultimate statement in youth rebellion and differentiation. The urban fixxie would suit the purpose equally well. I see the two styling trends as quite closely related.

  2. Tony Smithson says

    Some lovely bikes. Its good to see China still retaining its bicycle culture. Having been a big fan I have recently bought a new Flying Pigeon 28″ roadster from a U.K based website. Its a superb site that sells unpainted kits so the customer can choose their own colour. Brilliant!

  3. Michael says

    More from Forever – It seems that the 23 YO CEO of Forever and a firm of young ‘western trained’ architects/designers are revitalizing China’s oldest bicycle brand with a chic utility brand (Forever C) that’s got Shanghai’s netizens fizzing & a Velib-style bike rental scheme in Shanghai. http://www.cnngo.com/shanghai/shop/forever-c-shanghai-traditional-brand-revive-cycling-culture-060028

  4. Christina says

    Where in NYC can I purchase a bike like this? I know nothing about bikes, but I am open to customizing it as well but would like to know recommended contacts and brands in order to start?
    Thanks!

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