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Taiwan bike design wins gold at Geneva invention show

2011/04/10 19:14

Taipei, April 10 (CNA) A bicycle that could be converted into atandem bike to carry two people won a gold medal at a majorinternational invention expo in Switzerland Friday.

The telescopic bike, developed by a professor-student team at FarEast University in Tainan City, southern Taiwan, took one of fourgold medals won by the university at the 39th InternationalExhibition of Inventions in Geneva.

The bike was jointly developed by Yu-gang Chen, director of theuniversity's Innovation and Creativity Center, and Wu Yi-hsiang, agraduate student at the university's Department of Innovation andEntrepreneurship, after eight months of work.

Patent rights are now being sought in the United States, Chinaand Taiwan for the invention, which cost NT$100,000 (US$3,448) tocomplete, Chen said.

It takes only one minute for the bike to be extended into alonger one that has two more pedals and another seat, Chen said. Itis particularly suitable for big family outings on which no more thantwo bikes can be carried in a car, he said.

(By Chang Jung-hsiang and Deborah Kuo) enditem /pc