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Taiwan

Initial contact with Taiwanese TWBents was established by e-mail in December 2006. A Kevin Kao was showing interest in the Tilting Trike and the Tiago (a trike for children). A few more e-mails revealed that TWBents were intending to throw both bikes into production – which was, in fact, the ultimate DIY honour for yours truly!

Early May, my wife Joke (pron. [Yoke]), myself and two large, overweight boxes containing trikes were effortlessly processed by China Air check-in staff. At Taipei International airport we were met by a nice recumbent-abiding gentleman: Kevin Kao. Next two days, Kevin and his wife Cina showed us around the Taipei highlights. At the TWBents workshop I rebuilt the two trikes to the honourable glee of the TWBents technicians, Kevin and Cina. The latter turned out to be an avid - and appropriately sized - trike aficionada, so the Tiago was tested on the spot. As it happens, the Taiwanese appear to be well informed about the Dutch recumbent scene.

Both trikes would be ready for production and presentation to the world cycling press by March 2007, sporting my name, which last fact is slightly nerve-racking.

Meanwhile I’m tinkering along happily; who knows what’ll happen to the Munzo?

Bram Smit, translation Brecht Vandeputte

 

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from left to right : Joke Waterman, Cina( the wife of Kevin Kao ) and Kevin self

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The Tiago expertly dissected by the technical team of TWBents

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Kevin test the Tiago on strength

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Discussion about the tilting system, the man in the grey polo is Walther, the technician and test rider of TWBents

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Kevin test the Tilting trike ( Will be produced under the name : LEANO)

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A pleasant dinner with the family KAO

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Showroom of TWBents in the WTC of Taipei

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The contract is signed

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The divisibility explained

 

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