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Pics from the first day of the international cycle trade show, including a wooden tyre & a disc-equipped road bike by Colnago.

Taipei Cycle opened by President of Taiwan

Today is the first day of the Taipei Cycle Show, this year celebrating its 25th anniversary. The show was opened by Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou. The President is a cyclist.

Running until March 10th, the 2012 event has 1,089 exhibitors taking up 3,284 booths – an expansion of about 230 booths on the 2011 show. Nangang’s exhibition hall’s sixth floor and outdoor area have been opened up to cope with increasing demand for space.

Read more about this year’s Taipei Cycle Show here.

Here are some pix from the show’s first day…

Stewart Clarke of Tern with the new Biologic Case for Android phones;

The Two Eds: Eddie Eccleston of Dahon and e-bike guru Ed Benjamin;

President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan walking the show with King Liu, founder and owner of Giant; seen behind, smiling, is Tony Lo, president of Giant.

Brant Richards with a wooden mock-up of an On One fat snow tyre (he’s taking a pic of BikeBiz, taking a pic of him).

And click to see a pic of Ernesto Colnago with his company’s C59 equipped with a Formula disc brake. The Italian company is the only road bike brand to have a disc-equipped road bike at the show. Colnago has released tech info on the new bike on its website.

Disc-equipped road bikes are not yet UCI-legal but disc brakes are more powerful and users of carbon wheels will now be able to – successfully – brake in the wet.

There will be a fuller gallery of Taipei Cycle Show pics on BikeBiz’s Facebook site shortly.

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