Such a beautiful combination of raw aluminum and satin black on this custom F550s frame. Complete with Mack Superlight hubs, H Plus Son Archetype rims, 3T drop bars, Omnilattice crankset, Thomson seatpost and stem plus a San Marco saddle. Catch Luca smashing around Shanghai on this 61cm gunner of a bike. Real bike pron right here!
We've re-upped on almost every single model of Mission Workshop bags and accessories. These bags are down right incredible. We've been rolling ours for years and can't say enough good things about them. Lots in stock and ready to roll for the upcoming summer season. Browse online here or drop by if you're interested in getting yourself one of the best bags in the world - fully waterproof with a lifetime guarantee!
Join us on Sunday morning for a ride around this awesome city. We'll be feeling the breeze in our hair, heading west and along the great wide openness of Shanghai's expansion.
It all starts at 10h00 from Factory Five and the route will take us 2-3 or so hours. We'll be back, if we ride fast enough, around 13h00.
The pace will be brisk, reaching 30-35kmph when possible. It's open to fixed-gear, single-speeds and road bikes. Please wear a helmet. It's unsupported too, so you'll need spares and puncture repairs in the event of a flat tyre.
The next ride is this Sunday 31st. If you'd like to join - essential that you sign up by RSVP here or shoot us a firstname.lastname@example.org
This pre-loved 61cm F5100 complete bike is in extremely good condition, with a completely new wheel-set and drivetrain. It's a customized 61cm frame, suiting a taller rider. Second hand Factory Five builds don't come around very often and larger sizes are even more rare. This is a very nice, lightweight build that has been cared for.
Total price is ¥4,500 - available in the workshop, act fast if you're interested.
For the first time in Factory Five history we have the holy trifecta of riding wear. The F5 Team Riding kit includes Jersey, Bib Shorts and Cap in a complete ensemble. It almost brings a tear to our eyes to see the cohesion and let it tell the latest chapter in our story so far. Created with pride, this is no normal cycling outfit - every piece has been considered to the max...
The king of all classic Chinese frames, the double top tube cruiser is one of the most iconic looking bicycles from the Asian kingdom. Completely rebuilt with flip flop hubs, deep dish rims, cruiser bars and BROOKS finishings, this bike is the best of both old school and new school. The 38c tyres give it that extra cushion while cruising over the battered Shanghai streets. Wicked ride!
Last night we snuck underground for training Four Floors Down. Deep below the Jing'an sky scrapers a group of fixed-gear riders configured their bar-setup, adjusted their cleats and anxiously prepared for a session of hard riding amongst the car-park columns.
It's tight down here. By the time you've finished accelerating, you're scrubbing speed to enter the next corner. Right after powering on, your eyes are scanning for the next apex. Down here the air is still and the lights bright, the only condition that changes is your skill. After a few laps we were shaving split-seconds; a degree here, a wafer-thinner line through the corner there - enough to test the floor's keen grip and build confidence.
This time was all about personal incremental gains. The course is tough and the walls are tougher. Testing our mettle fully will require plenty of flying-hours. Then we will release the Kraken and ride two-up. For now it's all about pushing the limits in unproven grounds. Want to join us on the next one? Give us a shout.
Photos by Marcin Urbaniak
Come over to Factory Five tonight (Thursday 14th) and join us for a movie. We've got a great film lined up, cheap beer and free pizza courtesy of the awesome guys at Sherpa's.
This Thursday's Movie: The Flying Scotsman. [English with Chinese Subtitles]
Based on a true story, it follows the journey of unemployed and unfunded Graeme Obree as he builds a bike out of washing machine parts and tries to becoming the fastest cyclist in the history of the sport.
The movie starts at 20h00, let us know if you're coming by shooting us an RSVP to email@example.com
Four Floors Down is a discovery of Shanghai's disused spaces. We've rolled every square inch of this city and have been looking for more places to ride. Places off the beaten track, closed to the public, ripe for informal, impromptu racing. There's one right under our noses in Jing'an. It's an underground car-park with enough space to mark out a circuit. We've been slipping down there for a couple months to train... with a mind for something big.
Criterium races are short fixed-gear sprints around closed circuits. Four Floors Down is an F5 twist. We train through the columns in a tight, technical laps and push for shaving personal seconds with the right line. If you're interested in challenging yourself in a different kind of discipline then join us at our next training session.
It's tough, so you'll need to in good form. Your bike must be fixed-gear with risers or bullhorns. For now we train with or without brakes. Helmets and gloves are mandatory. We're taking it casual: the first sessions are training and individual time trails.
The next session will be tomorrow Wednesday 13th, meeting at 7:30pm at Factory Five. It will run until 9:30pm and we'll grab food and drinks afterwards.
We have a limited number of 20 places. Pre-registration by email is essential to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next in our series of workshop classes will be on Wednesday 20th may. There's no better feeling than a finely tuned bike - and nothing worse than a badly configured setup. We've been at both ends of the spectrum and here's an opportunity to raise your game.
Wednesday 20th: GRIPS AND WRAP
The class will begin at 8:00pm and will take one hour. The next session, Grips and Wrap will be about covering handlebars in the finest way. We'll take you through taping up different kinds of bars, keeping them in good order and fixing problems when they arrive.
If you're looking to re-wrap your bars then this is a perfect timing. We'll have plenty of choices to purchase on the evening and you can learn the skills required to do it yourself.
Please send us an email to RSVP for the class to guarantee use of tools. (email@example.com).