We're hitting the road again this Sunday morning for a spritely training ride through Shanghai. Coming with?
The ride starts at 10h00 and the route will keep us on our toes for around 2-3 hours with a break at half way. We'll be back at F5 by lunchtime. Layer up. It's forecasted to be around 12-14c which is only slightly brisk for the first few minutes, then plenty warm enough to break a sweat and feel the heat.
The pace will be fast. We will be cruising between 25-30km/h which gives it an intermediate rating. It's unsupported, wear a helmet. We'll be wearing riding clothes but probably not lycra - though anything goes!
Down for a ride? Great! Sign up by RSVP here or shoot us a firstname.lastname@example.org
This custom yellow painted F550s made for Andrew is nothing short of awesome. Complete with our lattice chainring, Thomson seatpost and stem, Chis King headset, Ominum cranks - this bike rips! Photos by www.thefixedlife.com
When it comes to comfort there's no second best. We've all experienced those bad days in the saddle, with slippery hands on the bars. We look after ourselves and are not going to mess around with poor tech, smashing the road hard on something not up for the job.
A good saddle and a great pair of gloves make all the difference in a ride. Being two out of three contact points with your bike they can easily help make or break that new record on Strava. That's why our go to saddles are made by Prologo, and our glove of choice is made by Hirzl.
The Kappa EVO PAS, is one of Prologo's most popular saddles thanks to its flat shape and relief channel for increased blood flow. It has a stiffer nylon injection base, denser padding and premium covers. We have to admit a soft-spot for those gunmetal carbon rails - the devil is always in the detail.
Hirzl, known for making awesome golfing gloves, now offer the GRIPPP Tour for riders. They're phenomenal. Think relief to the right pressure points, breathability where it's needed and amazing, amazing grip. This is thanks to the Kangaroo leather on the palms which ensure's superior adhesion in both wet and dry conditions. In fact they're even better when it rains. You'll never go back, and for just $64 why would you get anything else.
Competitive Cyclist made this really informative video to help explain some of the key points behind Prologo saddle designs. Worth a look!
All said and done just remember to look after yourself. Comfort doesn't have to come at a premium and it can be a game changer for many riders.
In and around Los Angeles on March 1st? Be sure to hit up the LOG666 for some extreme brakeless track bike action. "All bikes will be subject to brake check, so do not show up with calipers or any type of braking mechanisms on your track bike. Hoods are fine if you need that type of thing to climb with." Facebook Event page HERE.
Arguably the best mini pump you will ever use, the Topeak Race Rocket is definitely something every rider needs. It's small, compact, super light and totally does the job when you need to pump your tyres on the side of the road and hit 120psi. We've tried everything from Air Ace to Lezyne and the Race Rocket is in our opinion the best of the best. It even won a red dot design award! Totally badass, and under 50 bucks. They come in silver and black so the discerning designer can get what they want. Score!
The world's fastest growing fixed-gear scene is China. Don't just believe us - look outside - the streets are full of fixed gear and single speed builds all year round. Even in the winter. Which brings us on to Summer, who has been riding with us quite a while now. Summer embodies another curious statistic about China: the percentage of girl riders is much higher here than anywhere else in the world too.
But that's just another superlative stat. The most interesting aspect is the rider...
Name: Summer 三梦
Profession: Music management at Mao Livehouse
Q: Tell us about your bike:
A: I ride a Panasonic NJS frame with Miche/Archetype wheelset, Miche/F5 Lattice crankset, Thomson seatpost and oval stem/bars. It is my third bike - I crashed my second and knew it was time to upgrade to something special. Pink is my color, it was love at first sight. I'm lucky, my friend laces wheels and we built the rest of the bike together.
Q: How did you get into cycling?
A: At university I had my own urban bike and used it across campus. Then my friends were starting to ride fixies and they were so cool I told myself "i have to try!". After that I got a cheap bike and it stared there.
Q: What attracts you to the scene in shanghai?
A: Shanghai is a diverse city with lots of things to do. There are local cultures and international influences - and the street style of cycling is like a fusion of styles.
Q: Where do you like to ride?
A: Anywhere, everywhere. I ride every day from downtown to the suburbs.
Q: What other styles do you like?
A: Music. I love RNR and electronic... and some chinese classic oldies like Beyond & ZhangGuoRong
Q: Do you have any advice for other girls about cycling?
A: For me it's all about riding and just very simple. The most important is -- keep your passion, insist on getting active and enjoy it! I've made so many new friends from riding, the community is very strong.
We got over 700 entries to our online competition, a new F5 World Record! The lucky, randomly selected winner was @rude_riderr so congratulations! A lattice crankset of their choice will be winging it's way over to Italy in the next post.
If you didn't win, better luck next time and until then, pick up a Lattice Chainring or Crankset in our online store starting at ¥550 ($89). They come in silver, slate or black - 47, 48 and 49T. We've also restocked on a few very limited anodized blue 48T.
Just to get your juices flowing, by the power of INSTAGRAM, here's a selection of our favorite latticepower shots from around the world.
From now until Sunday, January 25th all PAUL Components are 20% off. Yes that includes their high flange track hubs. Yes that includes their iconic Royal Flush cranks. Yes that includes the tall and handsome seat post which we only just got in stock... and yes oh yes it includes those precision finished brake levers. What better time than now to upgrade your ride? Click here to take advantage of the savings.
Interested in getting yourself a Mission Workshop bag? Then these new videos might help you make the choice that's right for you. MW released these spotlight vids to show you the ins and outs of their rucksacks, cargo bags, messenger bags and modular ARKIV systems. All of them make incredible companions on and off your bike, but should you have any hesitation on which one to choose these videos might help you out.
Our friends and upstairs neighbors at the Aboro Boxing Academy have been going strong for one year now. To celebrate in style they're throwing a party - this Saturday 24th. We know their playlist pretty well and we've consulted on the drinks-list (gallons and gallons of Asahi) so have a pretty good idea that it's going to rock.
As well as the usual scattering of birthday cakes, Aboro are also holding a few live and fierce sessions of padwork and sparring. There's also a going to be a strength and conditioning competition - with the chance to win classes and personal trainer sessions.
We'll be to the side drinking Asahi.
The event kicks off at 19h00 and runs through to 22h30. Join us there or here whenever.
7:00 PM : PARTY STARTS
7:30 PM : BOXING // PADS DEMONSTRATION
8:00 PM : STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING WORKOUT & COMPETITION
8:30 PM : BOXING // SPARRING DEMONSTRATION