24 OCT 2016
We’re moving forward again:
We are pleased to advise that the two items that were slowing us down (as mentioned in our previous update) have been resolved.
- CAD Software
It took quite some time to get it, but we are now using the new software.
- Additional Engineer/Designer
We welcome Fred! Our latest member to the team. Fred will be working side by side with Mikael to digitize & refine the PodRide design. Fred is a recently graduated mechanical engineer from New Zealand, and will join us in Taiwan very shortly.
PodRide arrives in Taiwan:
PodRide has landed in Taiwan! The PodRide prototype arrived at Taipei Taoyuan airport a few days ago. Our customs broker contacted us to advise that customs were going to open the shipping crate and visually inspect PodRide. It seems the customs department didn’t know what to make of PodRide, as they asked us a bunch of questions, including “Where’s the steering wheel?”
After supplying customs with answers to their questions & some additional paperwork, PodRide cleared customs and was delivered to us. We are happy to report it arrived in one piece & undamaged.
We unpacked PodRide and took her out for a quick spin in a quiet Taipei back street. We don’t have a battery pack yet, so it was all pedal power. A group of locals took immediate interest in PodRide and started taking photos and asking questions. You can see a 30 second video here. **Please subscribe to this Youtube channel, it’s our official channel & going forward all videos will be here.
Taichung Bike Week:
Last week Mikael and I spent a few days at Taichung Bike Week (TBW) in central Taiwan. Unless you are in the bicycle industry, you’ve probably never heard of TBW. Organized by the bike industry for the bike industry, Taichung Bike Week is an OEM event, open to product managers, manufacturers and suppliers, but not to wholesalers or the general public.
We met and established initial contact with many manufacturers and potential suppliers, of various components that will be required for PodRide. We are now buried in catalogues and literature which we will use to help narrow down the sourcing and selection of components. We didn’t find solutions for everything on our shopping list, but we’ve made a good start.
As always, we want to thank you for your ongoing support.
David, Mikael and the rest of the PodRide Team.