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The legendary founder of Taiwan's Giant cycles into the sunset

King Liu's successors inherit a powerful brand with stalling revenue growth

Bonnie Tu, left, will take the chairman's seat at Giant on Jan. 1, while Young Liu, right, will become chief executive. (Photo by Rai)

TAICHUNG, Taiwan At 82, King Liu is living proof that age is nothing but a number. The founder and chairman of the world's largest bicycle maker, Giant Manufacturing, still bikes some 30km twice a week from his residence in downtown Taichung, in central Taiwan, to the company's headquarters in the coastal town of Dajia.

Giant founder King Liu

Liu is famous for completing two-wheeled treks that most people half his age would not even attempt. At 73, he cycled 966km around Taiwan for the first time in his life. At 75, he led teams that made the 1,668km trip from Beijing to Shanghai, and two years ago he toured 264km around the Seto Inland Sea in western Japan.

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