"To do interesting stuff, you have to remain small." - George Lin
To understand Pacific Cycles first you must understand George Lin—the founder, chairman, heart and soul of the company.
In 1970 there was no bicycle industry in Taiwan. It just didn’t exist. But in 1971 Formosa exported 920,000 units, more or less out of the blue. George Lin, a former high school English teacher searching for new opportunities, went into a store, bought a bicycle and stripped it. Lin put it together again, stripped it and put in together for a second time. Very interesting, he thought. That was George’s first step into the bike business. In 1976, he manufactured a rigid BMX and earned the first important customer for Taiwan — Raleigh Bicycles. Within 5 years, he developed 7 “Rampar” models from R9 to R15. In 1980, he founded Pacific Cycles with a vision to provide a state-of-the-art R&D workshop for like-minded bicycle designers around the world.
Because of his broad experience and in-depth knowledge of bicycles, he has several unofficial titles, such as “Godfather of the Taiwanese bicycle industry” and “Bicycle Professor.”
In the early 80s, he compiled the Taiwan Bicycle Guide to promote Taiwan bicycles in the world market. A pioneer himself, George likes to work with clients who share his inventive outlook. In 1989, Pacific made Gary Fisher’s Hoo-koo-e-koo mountain bikes. In 1990, Pacific made the first suspension mountain bikes for KG Engineering. In 1993, George hired renowned German engineer Peter Denk to help develop the Hot Chili bike. Refusing to compete in the saturated bicycle market, Pacific turned to niche markets with unique products. Over the past 15 years, it has been a workshop or designers to turn their ideas and dreams into products. In the world of folding bikes, Pacific works with Riese und Muller on the Birdy and Frog models; with Airnimal on their Chameleon, Rhino and Joey; with Kuwahara on Gaap; with Tartaruga, Pacy and Smartcog on other models. In tricycles, it works with Greenspeed, ICE and Turf Trike. In special needs products, Invacare and Uni-roller. Pacific also works with Astrix, Banshee, Canfield, Niner and 24 bicycles to produce high-end mountain bikes. Other projects include the Rowbike, Staircycle, bicycle trailer and recumbent. In 2006, Pacific launched 5 products under the Pacific brand—Reach, Carryme, Micah, Handy and 2Rider.
Michael Lin, returned from study in the USA, joined his father at Pacific in 1997 and became the company president 6 years ago. Like his father, Michael has indicated a strong inclination in product design and development.
George Lin frequently makes public speeches at universities and management societies. Pacific Cycles won the “Best Small and Medium Enterprise” and “Rising Star” awards in 2002. In 2006 it was featured in the prestigious Commonwealth Magazine as one of “25 New Hopes for Taiwan.”
“We are working for fun, we are working for dreams, we are working for the challenge” says George Lin, who has featured in countless industry magazine articles.