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A Chat with Nikki Jan

August 04, 2014
A Chat with Nikki Jan

Imagine being responsible for managing a brand dedicated to cycling females the world around. Nikki Jan doesn't have to - she's lucky enough to be the drive behind Giant's Liv.

I grew up in…
Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. It was in Taipei that I met a variety of people throughout my childhood and I was exposed to a more global thinking environment. I also learnt English from a young age

I am reading…
“LEAN IN” by Sheryl Sandberg as well as Steve Job’s biography

People tell me I am…
An optimistic and considerate person. I care a lot about emotions and I enjoy seeing people feel comfortable and cozy with great atmosphere.

My life is linked to the cycling world because…
I started to work for Giant six years ago. I began in the global marketing department, and am now the global Liv brand manager. However, I have been exposed to cycling since I was five years old when I received a little kid's bike that I shared with my cousins.

My favourite cycling story to tell around the dinner table is…
How I learned to use clip shoes and fell down in the middle of the street - nobody could stop laughing. And then I rationalised that if a women can handle high-heels, she can definitely handle cycling shoes, once properly trained…!

A typical working day for me involves…
Some bike related discussion with my colleagues, for example: a global cycling trend, what my Australian friends think of the bike we made. Then I get to work on things like deciding the latest female cycling sponsorship…etc

Want more on Liv? More here!

When I get spare time, I…
Get my bike out for a ride if it’s good weather. Sometimes I also to go to a bike café to chat with friends, or go to observe different cycling styles.

Over time, my list of injuries now includes…
My left elbow (olecranon process) bone had comminuted fracture in one accident. Besides that there are all slight scars on knees majorly.

If I could ride anywhere tomorrow, I'd go… / Because…
Europe, especially Italy. I've traveled there long before I started cycling, seeing a city by car or by foot will be so much different than with cycling.

If I could go out for a ride with anyone, it would be… / Because…
Annie Londonderry, who was the first women to bicycle around the world. I'd go riding with her to figure out how she conquered different social expectations for females of the time.

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