Tonight We Ride – July 22nd

Factory Five Shanghai Night Ride

Tonight we’re going on a thermo-blast through Shanghai. Join us and our gang for a ride like no other. Never been on a Factory Five Night Ride before? Well just imagine an awesome night ride through an awesome city… then bigger it.

You just need a bike, helmet, lights and a good head for street smarts. We ride for an hour or so, stop for a drink or two and then ride a bit more. By midnight you’ll either be tucked up in bed or having a beer with us around the corner from Factory Five.

Our Factory Five workshop is where the night ride starts. It’s at 876 Jiangsu Lu near Huashan. Check our FAQ for instructions on how to find us… or just hit that junction and follow the bikers.

We leave at 9pm. If you need work doing on your bike, some air in your tyres, oil on your chain, then come early. We close the workshop at 8:30pm.

One other thing. The ride is big and takes a lot of organizing. To keep everybody facing in the right direction and the right side up we have a set of rules. Everybody who attends the ride is expected to read, understand and follow the Rules of the Ride. Thankyou for your consideration and harmonious understanding.

Rapha Women’s 100 – done!

Shanghai Rapha Womens 100

July 20th was the hottest day of the year so far and it will take eggs frying on the ground to top what was a pure scorcher. A gaggle of vixens from our Factory Five family set forth and completed the Rapha Women’s 100km challenge with an additional 20k in change.

120km fixed-gear through the outskirts of Shanghai in the blazing heat was no mean feat. We’re pretty sure they’re up there on the list of 7,500 other women around the world who took part… and by the looks of things a few dudes on the other Shanghai ride also! Um, what?

A massive shoutout to Kasia Bozek, Rachel Deng, Brigida Galbete, Laura Imkamp, Alex Mok & Amanda Pateman. They all got a lot stronger, a little sunburn, a Factory Five water bottle and a commemorative patch in the post from Rapha. Keep an eye out for future rides!


We’re hiring – Customer Services

Factory Five Jobs

Factory Five is still seeking a skilled Services Manager to take care of our local and international customers.

Here at F5HQ we’re in communications with people from all over the world who are interested, buying or using our products. They chose us because we’re doing something right amongst the sea of alternatives out there… and we’d like to think it’s because we give the best service we possibly can. The key responsibility of this role is to make this happen.

This involves:

  • Answering email queries from all over the world
  • Tailoring orders to suit customer needs
  • Processing, dispatching and tracking online and in store purchases
  • Following up with customer orders and receiving feedback
  • Finding new ways to make our services better

This is an very important outward facing role. The right person for the job has a very good communication manner, is able to understand customer’s needs and can work on multiple things at once without letting a single one drop.

Previous customer services experience is a must. Written communication has to be spot-on and Chinese language must be comfortable to you. It would help if you like bikes too – we talk about them all day long!

This is an ideal opportunity to join a young, fast moving company in a very new and dynamic market. Only those with an intuitive and self-starting attitude who are prepared to push for success need apply.

Interested? send a cover letter and your CV to

Rapha Women’s 100 with Factory Five

This Sunday 20th, thousands of women around the world will be taking part in Rapha’s Women’s 100. It’s a challenge set to ride 100km anywhere, anytime during the day. Over 6,000 ladies have already signed up.

Rapha have teamed up with Strava. Those who registers to take part, join the Strava Challenge and then complete the ride will receive an exclusive Rapha woven badge to celebrate their success.

A bunch of the girls in our Factory Five family will be taking part on sunday morning. They’re doing it in style, on their track bikes! If you’re of the fairer sex and want to take part then the details are below. It’s not a race but a 100km ride is a definite challenge so it’s open to intermediate riders. It is unsupported so bring your own spares and tools.

Everybody who takes part will receive a free Factory Five Water bottle.

Please confirm if you wish to attend by rsvp to

Date: Sunday 20th July
Time: 7h45am departure
Location: Factory Five, 876 Jiangsu (near Huashan)
Route: 100-110km loop through west Shanghai.
Pace: Cruising speed of 30km/h, average pace of around 25km/h.
Expected Finish: Between 12noon and 1pm.

rapha womens 100 shangai route


F5 Pista Custom : Pearl Blue

This custom F5 Pista is a throwback build to the days of NJS racing in Japan. Complete with a pearl blue sparkle finish and modern track components, it’s both uniquely stunning and ready to roll. Awesome build!


F5 Instagram Contest

Feel like winning an F5 prize pack (race jersey, race camo t-shirt, water bottle and duo cap) worth over $100USD? The rules are simple..

1. Follow us on Instagram @Factory5
2. Repost this picture and tag @Factory5
3. Post a photo of anything F5 in your life and tag #F5familycontest

What are you waiting for, get to it! Contest ends July 29th and the winner will be announced through our IG account.


F5 Pista Custom : Tony

For those that don’t know, Tony was our first workshop assistant hire back in 2011. He built himself this wicked F5 Pista custom with chrome lugs, deep metallic purple tubes and glossy black decals. Paired with some serious kit, he’s been riding this bike everyday for 3 years.

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