Bike-sharing backpedal puts China manufacturers in a spin

On the western outskirts of Tianjin, a port city near Beijing, idle workers at a bicycle factory reminisce about better days.

"Even last year, shared bikes were all the rage, but we get no orders any more," said one of the managers at Luoda Bicycle, in the Tianjin suburb of Wangqingtuo, who gave his name only as Mr Xue. He added that the hot item this year was electric scooters.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2018, with the headline 'Bike-sharing backpedal puts China manufacturers in a spin'. Print Edition | Subscribe