• Flashbacks: The Worble – Skateboarding In Snow

    I know I’ve been posting a lot more skateboarding related stuff recently…reason being, it’s what I’m surrounded with out here in Shanghai. I don’t really have easy access to amazing riding like I did back in Vermont. There’s definitely a trade-off to being here though; every single square inch of this city is made for skating! All kinds of pros and teams come through Shanghai every Fall and Spring to experience this concrete playground. So, I’m spoiled in regards to the skating.

    Even though I live among some of the world’s best ledges and most unique spots in the world, I still get homesick and find myself missing the east coast crust I’m used to; I’m sure part of the reason I’ve been so homesick lately is due to the Andy “A Dog” Williams Memorial Skatepark that just opened in Burlington.

    While I won’t be making it home for the holidays this year, I’d like to share this classic from The Worble, Skateboarding In Snow.

    PS. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Andy “A-Dog” Williams Memorial Waterfront Skatepark – Burlington, Vermont

    Man, I can’t even believe this has happened! After 7 years of living in Vermont and feeling like a new skatepark on the waterfront was simply a pipe dream (no pun), it’s finally happened. A bunch of my friends were out there during the soft opening that went down on Monday morning. Here’s a quick drone shot from Ben Colbourn.

  • Factory Five F5 Titan 31.8 Quill Stem

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    The F5 Titan 31.8 quill stem from Factory Five is something I’m sure so many people out there have been waiting ages for. Have you ever started to build up an old NJS bike or lugged road bike, only to realize those drop bars you have are 31.8 and not 25.4? Well shoot, now you gotta dig up some Nitto handlebars or something to fit the 1″ quill 25.4 clamp stem you’d otherwise inevitably be using. Bummer.

    Or maybe you want to swap out the drops for some risers without having to pull off your bar tape and brake levers? This 31.8 1″ quill stem from Factory Five will save you from countless inconveniences.

    They’re under $100 and currently available in silver at 90mm. Word is that they’ll be shipping on November 30th, so head on over to Factory Five if you’re in Shanghai or grab one online!

    Check it out in greater detail below.

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  • DUCKSINAROW Commuter Backpack


    Every now and then there’s a Kickstarter campaign that really catches my attention. With so many people out there abusing or taking advantage of crowd funding, it’s easy to tune out after hearing  “we just launched our Kickstarter…”,  am I right?

    As someone with an entrepreneurial spirit, lacking the “bootstrapability” some startup folks posses, I can totally stand behind genuinely good ideas like this one being crowd-funded. The gals over at DUCKS IN A ROW are onto something good here.

    Despite looking a bit like a turtle-shell, this bag’s design and construction appear to be top notch. I mean, would you expect anything less than a couple industrial designers who used to work for Manfrotto? I especially like that you’re able to easily strap it to your handlebars. Now that it’s the winter, I don’t mind riding with a backpack so much, but during the hot, sweaty summer months, getting the load off your back is ideal. I mean, the main reason I’m such a huge advocate of the Cetma 5 rail is simply due to the fact that I can strap my backpack or whatever to it (among much, much larger items). Twenty kilometers worth of daily commuting with a backpack gets old, really fast.

    Back in Vermont, I’d often commute with panniers – either on my Soma or Van Dessel. While panniers are amazing for 90% of my riding/commuting, they’re slightly inconvenient when you need to take them off and walk around; this is where the DUCKSINAROW commuter bags come in. Simply un-strap these badboys and you’ve got a backpack, perfect for waltzing around the market or whatever.

    While I’m not much of a leather guy (I like stuff I don’t feel bad destroying), I can really appreciate the look these backpacks have as well as the fact that they come with a rain cover. The transparent touch screen phone pocket is also great! This commuter backpack is chock-fulla details like this. So, if you’re liking what you see, head on over to the DUCKSINAROW Kickstarter and toss ’em a few bucks.

    Check out the bag in greater detail below.

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  • Levi’s Skateboarding Now At FLY STREETWEAR


    Levi’s Skateboarding has officially landed in China. A little while back, my buddy Wang Di, Edan and myself went out to get some promo photos for Fly and Skatehere.com. Theo Paul Santana came along and shot the photos for the look book.

    We met up at Fly around 6:30, drank a few beers and then headed out to get some quick dinner before the night of shooting that was ahead of us. The day leading up the the shoot, Edan, my good homie and manager at Fly, hit me up with a few spots he thought would make a good photo. One of the spots he sent me was this perfect wallride, so I knew there was no pressure and that getting a usable photo would be relatively easy pending a hassle-free session. Wang Di didn’t really have a spot in mind, so we ended up at this bridge near The Bund, getting some “lifestyle” shots first.

    From there, it was off to get a photo of Wang Di first. We ended up way far off from the wallride spot I thought we’d be heading to; plus it was starting to get late. Wang Di stuck a few solid switch flips, then it was my turn. Instead of going to the original spot that Edan suggested, we ended up at this crazy looking marble wave with a decent gap.

    By the time I scoped it out, it was about midnight and the area was completely pitch-black. The only way I was even able see the start of the wave was thanks to a tiny LED light I had in my bag. I decided a boneless would be pretty easy and make for a quick photo, so I tried a couple and stuck one on the 3rd run up.

    Check out a few more shots below from the Levi’s Skateboarding Fall/Winter line and be sure to head on over to Skatehere.com and Fly Streetwear if you’re in China!

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  • DZR H20


    Damn, I need to get me a pair of these.

    The past few weeks it’s seemed like we’ve been hit with endless rain here in Shanghai. I think we’ve had rain at some point throughout the day for the last 12 days straight…not that I’m counting or anything. Back in the states I was spoiled with a dedicated commuter bike, outfitted with full fenders, a super long mud flap and mechanical disc brakes; so I would wake up and welcome the weather with open arms.

    Out here in Shanghai with a brakeless track bike, 20ish kilometers of daily commuting and a missing Ass Saver (where’d I put that thing?), venturing out in the pouring rain takes a bit more pre-prep. So, instead of buying a set of Raceblades and wearing a rain jacket, I’ve decided to further assimilate myself and wear a full-on fredsuit on the rainy days.

    The fluorescent orange suit is amazing in terms of staying dry and visible, however, my feet still get soaking wet. It’s not really an issue since I have a nearly endless supply of thrashed skate shoes, it’s more of an inconvenience carrying extra shoes and socks everyday.

    So, seeing the latest waterproof shoes from DZR got me pretty excited. I’m hoping to give these guys a go (if only I could find them available in China), as I’ve loved the last couple pairs of DZR shoes I’ve tried. Anyone out there already using the DZR H20‘s?

  • Beast Coasters 9

    New fire from the Beast Coasters dudes. Beast Coasters 9 has me yearning for warm weather and mountain bikes; two that I won’t be experiencing until Juneish.

    Anyway, enjoy the latest episode where the guys travel to Mad River Valley and Thunder Mountain down in Western Mass aka Southern Vermont.

    Featuring Beast Coasters: Jake Anderson, Mickey Denoncourt, Garson Fields, Alex Mercer, Collin McBride, Adam Plumley, Stephen Pope and LSDV.


  • Bicycle Film Festival Shanghai


    The BFF (Bicycle Film Festival) has been running for 15 years now and traveled to over 60 cities, showing short films to over 1 million cycling enthusiats, bike folk and curious parties. This year, the 2015 Bicycle Film Festival is coming to Shanghai from November 5-8 at Anken Air (the building that Factory 5 is in), so don’t miss it if you’re in SH.

    Here’s the schedule:

    November 5
    7-11pm Photo Exhibition & Opening Reception

    November 6
    7pm “Cinematic Shorts”
    9pm “Fun Bike Shorts”

    November 7
    7pm “Urban Bike Shorts”
    9pm “Cyclique”
    After-party at Arkham

    November 8
    5pm “Cinematic Shorts” (repeat)
    7pm “Urban Bike Shorts” (repeat)

    Admission is 100 RMB per program and there are a few ways to get your tickets.

    -Pick ’em up at Factory 5 in-person at 667 Changhua Lu, Building S1, Shanghai
    -Get them online via WeChat, Taobao or the Factory 5 online shop.

    Can’t wait to check some of these films out!