• TCB Courier Celebrates 5 Years by MASH SF


    The guys at TCB Courier just celebrated 5 years of business in San Francisco and MASH SF made this rippin’ video to celebrate. Watching this made me that much more excited to rip my track bike around today. Congrats on the 5 years guys!

    -Brian

  • Chrome WARM – Fall

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    The homies at Chrome are always pushing the envelope with their bags and technical apparel. Their latest line, Chrome WARM, combines insulated and weather proof performance with classic workwear styling. These pieces will keep you warm (even when wet) thanks to the poly-fill insulation and ripstop nylon shell. Hyped to give these pieces a shot after how much luck I’ve had with my Storm Field rain jacket and De Haro windbreaker.

    Make sure to check out the whole Chrome WARM line, including the VEST and WORKSHIRT.

    -Brian

  • Shanghai Files 4


    Here’s the fourth installment of Shanghai Files. It was filmed by our good friend, Michael Lao and features skating from Jonathan Iskasen, Kevin Nevado, Brian Dolle, Agent Chang, Edward Cui, Ray Kanemoto, Brian Kleiber and Jack Moore.

    This is one of the best places to skate on earth…these spots are just the tip of the iceberg! If you ever plan on visiting Shanghai and want to skate or ride bikes, please do hit me up!

    -Brian

  • #Out_Riding_Around – Shanghai

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    Even though skating is one of the main reasons I’m in Shanghai, I’m still finding time to get on the bike everyday. Whether it’s simply commuting and running errands or a 50-mile weekend exploration mission, I’m really getting to know this city thanks to my bike. While the riding here isn’t ideal, there are still parts of the city where I can get into a rhythm and mash away for a bit. I cherish these zones. You’ll also find many side streets and alleyways, prime for wandering at a slightly-faster-than-walking pace and taking in the city’s rich culture. This past Sunday was the perfect day to wander. John and I cruised around Old Town and hunted spots all afternoon yesterday.

    -Brian

  • Hong Kong Holiday

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    I’m definitely a little late on posting these photos, but a few weeks ago I took a little last-minute solo journey to check out Hong Kong. Being so busy all summer long, I managed to take a week off before the fall (our super busy season) starts up and get out of Shanghai for a bit.

    After securing a fairly cheap round-trip flight and booking a room in Causeway Bay, I was only 48 hours away from one of my best 72-hour vacations to date. Most people who visit Hong Kong for such a short period do so for visa renewals; I was just late on figuring out what to do with my week off. Oops, silly me. My trip was purely for pleasure.

    I wanted to do so much during my visit, but didn’t want to bite off more than I could chew. I had plans of checking out bike shops too but just ran out of time. Next visit, I’m definitely going to go see Brian at RDFX and hopefully find someone/somewhere to lend me a bike for a few days and get a real feel for the city. Though even just being in HK for 3 days, I managed to squeeze quite a bit in and even made a few new friends.

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  • Fat Chance Is Back!

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    I got so hyped when I first saw this…

    Looks like Fat Chance Bicycles is coming out of hibernation and ready to make you your new favorite mountain bike.  If I was back in the states, I’d be showin’ my Fat (my old, crusty Monster Fat) over on Instagram at #FatChanceBicycles & @FatChanceBicycles.

    Can’t wait to start seeing the new batches of frames!

    -Brian

  • New Affinity Kits

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    Affinity just released their pro track team kit, produced by none other than Endo Customs – 100% made in Downtown LA from the best materials available. You can get a kit as both a long or short sleeve jersey along with the team bibs.

    More info at Affinity Cycles.

    -Brian

  • I’ve been on vacation!

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    I just got back to Shanghai late last night after a quick 72-hour jaunt to Hong Kong. Seventy two hours isn’t even close to enough time for such a city, but then again, the trip was a last minute decision.

    I spent a lot of time wandering around, eating seafood, shooting photos and even got to skate for a couple hours. Here’s a photo of the city and bay from Victoria Peak. I plan on sorting through the mass of photos from my short trip this evening, so stay tuned for those in the coming days! Who else has been to Hong Kong? Any tips or ‘must-sees’ for my next visit?

    -Brian

  • Beast Coasters 4.1 – Saxon Hill in Essex, VT


    As if I didn’t miss mountain biking and Vermont enough before…The latest from Beast Coasters has me wishing I was ripping beer laps at Saxon Hill with the homies. Here’s Issac Allair, Adam Morse and Jordan Newth getting their shred on in good ‘ole Essex, Vermont.
    -Brian

  • My Factory Five F550 Track Bike

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    When I first found out that I was moving to Shanghai a little over 6 months ago, the first thing on my mind (other than the countless immaculate skate spots this city possesses) was “what am I going to do for a bike?” Bringing one of my bikes out wasn’t exactly an option, especially after only having two days notice as to when my flight was booked. Two days…48 hours notice before moving 8,000 miles away.

    My last two days in the states were spent scrambling to scrap some parts together to stash in my checked baggage. Knowing that Shanghai is completely flat, I decided I’d cut the hubs out of the wheels on my Gan Well Pro (tear tear) and start piecing together another track bike.

    Anyway, I’d heard of the guys at Factory Five through the WWW and after John Prolly paid them a visit a while back, I knew that I’d have to drop in and check them out. What a good call that was. I stopped in about month after landing, put a deposit down on a 56cm F550 and grabbed a few last minute items to complete the build. Once my frame arrived, I spent a couple hours in the shop meticulously piecing it together while enjoying a couple ice-cold Asahis.

    After not riding a bike for nearly a month-and-a-half, my ride home had me feeling like my 10-year old self; spinning out the 16” coaster BMX, grass stains on my jeans and ripping coaster brake skids. The frame fit me perfectly and had the most synergistic feel right out of the stand. Usually getting a bike this dialed takes a few tweaks after the initial build, but I really lucked out here. No measurements, no real fit adjustments needed.  Just a suitcase of random parts and solid 7005 series aluminum track frame.

    In terms of the parts and build, I took the Suzue Pro Max hubs I had and grabbed some 32h hard anodized H Plus Son Archetype rims, laced them up 3-cross and slapped some super cheap 23c tires on them. I usually don’t like to skimp on tires, but the cost of moving across the world had me on a bit of a budget. I picked up a track crankset from the guys at the shop and set it up with their signature Factory Five Lattice Chainring in hard ano. This chainring goes! It feels stiff as anything, is very very light and also looks amazing. On that crankset are a set of MKS pedals, Soma double cages and All City double straps.

    The only other piece I needed was a seat post. I somehow grabbed a 27.0 post from home, thinking it was a 27.2 and needed to find something reasonably priced. The shop had a swap meet one day and I lucked out by coming up on a Miche seatpost. Atop the post, I hung a nicely worn-in Fizik Arione saddle.

    For the cockpit, I brought over a 100mm Ritchey WCS 4 AXIS stem, a set of Truvativ mountain bars with a slight rise and a VP-Comp headset. Enough with the build though…

    This bike rips. It’s all you need here and nothing you don’t. As a big fan of aluminum bikes (most of the time), I knew what to expect with the F550. Stiff and responsive, yet not overly aggressive as far as track geometry goes. This was just what I needed; something that is equally at home either thrashing through traffic or moseying on over to the bar.

    I’ve been riding this for just about 5 months now and still feel as happy as the day I set it up. Sure, I miss riding road and mountain bikes, but having a city track bike in a place as wild as Shanghai has yet to get boring. Having a brakeless track bike here is akin to mountain biking, except the trees here are on gas scooters and have a mind of their own.

    I’m gonna stop rambling though and give the guys at Factory Five a strong shoutout. Thanks for everything dudes! Be sure to check out the rest of the Factory Five frames and other products. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me an email or get at me on IG or Twitter. Check out the rest of the photos below!

    -Brian

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  • Gevenalle BURD Front Derailleur

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    BURD – Blatantly Upgraded and Rebranded Derailleur. Sounds good to me. The folks at Gevenalle (formerly RetroShift) have released their latest addition to their cyclocross-specific grouppo: the BURD Front Derailleur. It’s a short cage derailleur to compliment the CX 1 and CX2 drivetrain system. Pair this up with the BURD rear derailleur and CX shifters and you’ve almost got yourself a fully ‘cross-specific group.

    The BURD front goes for $49 and comes with Gevenalle’s crash rebuild service which means for a mere $20 (including shipping), you can be back up and running should you thrash a little too hard and destroy a derailleur.

    If I raced ‘cross, I’d undoubtedly be destroying gear and definitely give these guys a look; if for nothing more than the $20 crash replacement deal. Good stuff, guys!

    -Brian

  • A Solid Surly Steamroller

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    This is one ripping Surly Steamroller! Aside from the royal blue paint, this track bike is the perfect blend of beauty and functionality. That may sound cliche, but I really mean it. Between the Dura Ace crankset, Gatorskins, the comfy wide riser bars and simplicity of a single fixed drivetrain, this bike is ideal for day-to-day thrashing…just like my F550 (more on that this week, promise).

    Since moving to Shanghai about 6 months ago, I’ve been riding a very similar setup to this Steamroller pictured above & below. My buddies at Factory Five held onto a 56cm F550 track frame for a couple weeks while I gathered cash after moving here. Since then, it’s been my daily rider. Hell, it’s the only bike I’ve got out here and I couldn’t be more hyped with it! I’d be lying though if I said I didn’t miss each and every ride in my stable back in the states…

    Stay tuned for more on my F550 this week and be sure to check out the rest of Kim’s Steamroller below.

    -Brian

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