Come over to Factory Five next Tuesday evening 31st and join us for a movie. We've got a pretty cool space, a wicked AV system and plenty of beer... so basically all the right ingredients for kicking back with a good story.
We'll be showing Rising From Ashes; the award-winning, inspiring and tremendously well-made story of Rwanda's cycling team as they prepare for the 2012 Olympics.
The movie starts at 20h00, let us know if you're coming by shooting us an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
From the streets of Tianjian to the velodrome of Shanghai. Yu Yang has a unique story to tell and one of the world's lightest bikes to tell it on. We caught up with him in the workshop ask a few questions and to lay trembling hands on the first sub 5kg bike Factory Five has ever witnessed.
name: Yu Yang 于洋
profession: Shanghai Theater Academy Puppet Master
Q: That looks like one of the lightest bikes we've ever seen in Shanghai, is it?
A: Well, it very well could be! It weighs only 4.9kg! I'm running a 53x13 ratio and the frame is a Wilier carbon road frame complete with entirely carbon components: Campagnolo Chorus crankset, Madfiber track wheels, Fizik carbon handlebar, and even a carbon saddle.. What can I say, I've got a carbon fetish!
Q: Seems you really prefer riding road components of track components, why is that?
A: Over my years riding track bikes I guess I've just lost interest in riding 'vintage' and 'classic' style bikes. With all the new components being developed that are super lightweight, I figure I should take advantage of those and build something made entirely for speed. This particular setup is what I ride during my velodrome training with the Inferist track team here in Shanghai. Actually almost all of us have this new hybrid of road/track bike builds!
Q: You've gotten quite the reputation riding in Shanghai these past years. What draws you to the city?
A: Compared to my hometown of Tianjin, Shanghai is a riders' paradise. All the roads here are flat and smooth, with a lot of open stretches for sprinting. Back home there is so much construction and all the roads are in such poor condition - I could never ride this bike there. I've grown to love Shanghai and it's where I plan on staying for quite some time.
Q: If you're not riding your bike, where do you like to hang out?
A: Ferguson Lane is really interesting to me. It's got a really cool blend of unexpected architecture - it's elegant but not pretentious. Does that make any sense? aha!
Q: How would you describe your style, I see you like sportswear?
A: I do! I'm not so fashionable, to me sportswear is wearable in many situations so it works for me. I wear it on my bike, when I'm at the archery range, or even when I build model cars.
Q: Have you got any advice for new riders to the track scene?
A: Safety first! Always wear your helmet, gloves and use lights.. But most importantly listen to F5! They know what they are talking about (aww, thanks Yu Yang!). Don't be put off just because you can't afford expensive upgrades right away - just start pedaling and the rest will fall into place. Ride just because you love to ride, that's all that matters.
Q: Any thing else you'd like to say?
A: Just a quick thank you to all my friends here in Shanghai and back in Tianjin. One of the most amazing things about riding a bicycle is the family you develop along with it. There is such a strong sense of community here in Shanghai and it has really supported me along the way. One heart, we stand together!
Adidas just launched a new marketing campaign where they feature the unsung heroes that really make a city come alive. Living in Shanghai that means art, music, food fashion and of course bicycles.
Jeff has been [rightly!] chosen as 'the God of the streets' and will be the face for the upcoming Adidas Originals Superstars initiative ~ featuring our workshop, retail space and Jeff's fine good looks!
We're no strangers to the Lee Jeans Urban Riders collection (seen here, here and here) having already done a few collaborations with them back in 2011. They've recently re-launched the collection with a few modifications and multiple new pieces. With their new slogan, " 型于探索 " (which means 'explore in style') Tyler and Jeff saddled up for a few photos to help spread the word on Weibo. Check it out! Cool stuff Lee Jeans, cool stuff.
Come with us on a Sunday ride through balmy and beautiful Shanghai.
We'll be saddling up at ten and heading out to the outskirts of town to chase a bridge or two and see where the Metro ends this time. The ride goes for three hours, maybe more, maybe less. This weekend is looking great, and if last weekend was any indication, we'll be royally stretching our legs.
The Sunday Rides are open to all fixed gear and road bikes. They are training-level... so we build up to some intense blasts and cruising around 30km. It's for intermediate riders only.
Wear a helmet, bring your bike and join us at 10h00 on Sunday at 667 Changhua Lu. Please RSVP to email@example.com to sign-up.
Last night was the prize party of the Photo Hunt we held in collaboration with Bike to Jue. We had all kinds of entries and the Jury had a blast going through and picking the winners. Huge thanks to everybody who took part. Here are the results...
BEST SHOT - chinaboogie (weibo)
Split works shot - roiiikou (weibo)
Best F5 shot - everettlaw_cycling (instagram)
Judge's Pick - slowbearthegreat (instagram)
Route 1 First Place: squirrel.niels (instagram) - Annual Split Works Pass WINNER
Route 1 Second Place: dkwan (weibo)
Route 1 Third Place: danxianchen (weibo)
Route 2 1st place: neverbecomplete (instagram) - complete F550 BIKE
Route 2 2nd Place: beaverterror (instagram)
Route 2 3rd Place: mryomai (instagram)
Join us this Sunday, March 22nd from 14h00-18h00 for our Spring Bike Flea Market. Roll up with all those parts, accessories, frames, bikes, clothes or anything bike-related which is taking up space in your closet and turn them into golden pennies. Or swap them for something else.
We'll have free table-space for sellers and have raided the F5 preloved-treasure-chest so there'll be plenty of wares to peruse. Need a french threaded bottom bracket for that vintage frame? Prefer a messenger bag which has been worn-in already? Fancy yourself a bit of an NOS collector? There's sure to be all the answers amongst the tables.
Those bars cramping your style... or spine? Whip 'em off and shop around for a new style. Fixed gear riding is all about modularity and instant gratification. That old component collecting dust is exactly what another dude is looking for to complete his shabby-chic beater - believe you me.
Bring it all or bring nothing and browse what's on offer. Easy. Come early to reserve some space, we'll have labels for you to write your name and price if you prefer to play it cool and hang out by the bar.
There'll be beers, food and the usual F5 magic... plus a few discounted items of our own to grease the wheels.
DATE: Sunday 22nd March
LOCATION: F5HQ - 667 Changhua Rd (near Anyuan)
When Dylan from Shanghai Tattoo and Doc Guthries fame approached us about building a new whip, we knew that his request for a '4 colour blend' was going to be something truly amazing. Green, red, dark brown and a light tan all come together on this custom F5 Pista, housed by chrome details and the finest components. Add a BROOKS saddle and bar wrap into the mix and you've got an unforgettable ride. Catch it in Shanghai!
Taipei, home to 2.7 million people and the capital of Taiwan, has a rather large bicycle secret hidden among the tight streets and winding alleyways. It can be best described as an unbelievable, jaw dropping treasure trove. The private collection of Asahi Chang contains more than 600 professional track and road bikes. It is the largest of it's kind in the world, unavailable for public viewing. The location is a very well kept secret. We were lucky enough to have a peek inside the collection that has been nick named, "单车书房" - Bicycle Heaven.
Asahi Chang is an ex-professional Taiwanese track and road racer who started collecting bikes in 1976. He first fell in love with track bikes while he was studying in Japan. Living there for five years allowed him to explore true track culture and buy his first build, an original SILK steel track bike from the early 1970s. He always keeps it to hand.
The majority of Asahi's collection dates between 1968 and 1988, which he describes as 'The Golden Age' of bicycles. This was a time before carbon, before the steel frame assembly line, where hand made steel frames were built by only the most skilled builders. Colnago, Eddy Merckx, Cinelli, Serotta, De Rosa, Bianchi, Cannondale, Moser, Rossin, Benotto, Motta, Tomassini, ZIPP and Nagasawa are just some of the iconic brands represented in his exhaustive collection.
It's a collection which is literally bursting at the seams. Almost every inch of otherwise plain storeroom is crammed with racks from floor to ceiling. There is barely enough space to walk between them. Asahi's collection is beyond impressive. We're walking through a tunnel of classic frames, rubbing shoulders with every Cinelli Laser variety ever made, first edition Nagasawa track frames, original carbon Bianchi C4s. There's a whole room dedicated entirely to Colnago framesets.
Experiencing it is almost beyond words. We actually had tears in our eyes. Craftsmanship, engineering, design and history from wall to wall - in complete abundance. It felt unreal, like someone found a loophole in bicycle time and space. A big thank you to Mr. Chang for taking the time to talk us through one of the greatest pieces of bicycle history the world has ever seen, and for the opportunity to revel in the wonder that is Bicycle Heaven.
A big wet congratulations to all the teams who submitted their entries to the Photo Hunt on Saturday and a slightly smaller but still big congratulations to all the teams who submitted their entries on Sunday.
There were some pretty awesome photos sent in from all over the city and. We were surprised (as we sat chilling at home in our dressing gowns checking our Instagramz) at how many people found all 30 locations. High fives all round.
The Jury had a bonanza time going through all the entries and deliberating over the winners... who will all get their super awesome prizes at the Bike to JUE party this Thursday. The event is right here at Factory Five, starting at 8pm
What? You didn't enter the competition? You're still welcome to come and administer pats on the back... and get involved with free food & cheap beer because in our eyes - everybody is a winner.
To summarize: Free food and cheap beer at the Photo Hunt party this Thursday at 8pm where the best submissions will be up on a giant screen and the winning entrants will get huge prizes including a Factory Five F550 Bike.