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  • Factory Five: Rolling Across Xinjiang

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    I’m a little late on posting this, but a couple weeks ago the homies at Factory Five embarked on an incredible tour of the Xinjiang Province in the northwest of China. Xinjiang is one of the world’s largest country subdivisions, spanning over 1.6 million square kilometers and borders Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Tibet.

    While I’ve never personally had the chance to explore this part of China, I couldn’t help but to live vicariously through the eyes of this crew, eagerly awaiting each update from their journey. The photos from this trip are absolutely breathtaking and reminded me of how much I miss bike touring. If the financials and work schedule allow for it, I’ll be planning a similar trip this fall. If only I had my touring bike (Soma Saga) with me here in Shanghai…

    Anyway, over the course of their tour they encountered quite the array of conditions; starting off in some snowy mountains and muddy roads, leading them into dry sandy deserts and finally coming up on some dry, rocky plains.

    I pulled some of my favorite photos from their journey and posted them below, but for the whole story you’re gonna have to check out the Factory Five Blog:

    Day One: From Wulumuqi To The Mountains
    Day Two: From The Mountains The The Desert
    Day Three: Around The Ancient Site of Turpan
    Day Four: Over The Flaming Mountains

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  • Studio 191 at Factory Five

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    A few weeks ago was the the CYCLE party at Factory Five, organized by the good homie Elliott Zelinskas of Studio 191. If you’ve been keeping up with my few-and-far-between posts as of late, you’re familiar with the monthly photo and art shows that have been happening.

    The party was awesome as always; good people, good drinks and lots of good bikes.

    The next photo theme is “People” – submit your photo by Sunday May 10th to be featured. If you’re in Shanghai, be sure to keep up with the monthly photos by following the Studio 191 webpage.

    Continue on below to see some more photos from that EZ shot from the show!

    ps: thanks to whomever purchased my photo of Walton Brush at the 2013 Red Hook Crit Navy Yard Race.

    -Brian

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  • The History of M: Intense Cycles

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    I’m not a huge downhill buff, but this right here is awesome.

    The M1 by Intense Cycles was one of the first DH bikes to break the 5” rear travel mark back in the 90s, a feat unheard of until until 1994. The first M-1 used a McPerson strut and air shock design, which made it possible for the extra travel. To put it in perspective, there weren’t even forks with over 3” of travel. As you’ve probably guessed by now, the M series by Intense was breaking some serious ground. I won’t go into much more detail though, ‘cause the guys over at PinkBike have this story on lock.

    Head on over to PinkBike to learn all about the history of the Intense Cycles M bikes.

  • Studio 191, Shanghai & Stuff

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    I know I’ve been slacking a bit on keeping the pages here fresh, but please believe I’ve been keeping busy. Despite not being able to dip out for a long road ride or hit the local trails on my hardtail like I used to back in VT, I still manage to ride and skate almost daily. Riding a bike in Shanghai is akin to mountain biking, except you gotta pretend the scooters and pedestrians are trees…moving ones at that. It’s definitely fun, but I can’t begin to explain how much I miss dirt, real trees and hills. Also, it’d be nice to take a deep breath and not feel like I’m shedding years off my life.

    Aside from pretending I’m mountain biking, I’ve been skating a ton; that’s one thing this city is incredible for. The architecture here is begging you to skate it.  I’ve also been shooting photos a bunch and displaying them at the homie Elliott’s monthly Studio 191 shows all across Shanghai. Here’s one of my latest shots, zoning in on one of the city’s countless dingy massage parlors. I couldn’t even find the entrance, but this sign definitely got my attention.

  • Van Dessel Hellafaster

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    Hell yeah! This right here is so rad to see.

    Back in 2007-2008 I worked for Edwin at Van Dessel, building and shipping customer’s bicycles. At the time we were shipping hella bikes, and the most popular being the Hellafaster.

    Fast-forward a few years and the ever-popular Hellafaster is being made stateside, in Portland, Oregon. This definitely surprised me as much as it stoked me out.

    Pictured here are a few snaps from Dan Chabanov of his freshly-built Hellafaster.

    -Brian

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  • Stanridge Speed Evo Track Bike – Cycle Project Store

    stanridge speed track bikeJust like most cyclists out there, we here at Culture Cycles love our bike pr0n. So let’s get back on a solid schedule of sharing beautiful bicycles starting off with this Laser-inspired, triple triangle track bike from Stanridge Speed.

    Since moving to Shanghai and leaving all my non-fixed, freewheeling bikes in the states, I’ve really been embracing the simplicity of a track bike in a busy city. It sounds cliche, but whatever; track bikes will always have a special place in my heart and I hope to always have at least 1 in my quiver (I really miss my Gan Well Pro – it’d be tight to have that out here).

    Anyway, big ups to Cycle Project Store on this build and to Stanridge Speed on making another beautiful track frame. Hopefully I can make it out to Singapore sometime during my stay here in China.

    -Brian

    ps. thanks to Pedal Consumption for the tip.

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  • New Factory 5 Jing’an Location

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    photos:Benoit Florencon

    Happy 2015 everyone! I hope the new year has been treating you well. I spent the last month in the states visiting family, friends and making my rounds on the east coast. In one month I managed to take 5 separate trips to New York City, a trip to Boston, spend 2 weeks in Vermont and still manage to do some remote work for my job here in Shanghai. Needless to say, the blog has been a bit dormant as of late and for that all I have to say is: my bad.

    Anyway, it’s a new year and I’ve got a ton of stuff I’ve been sitting on; so worry no more. In the spirit of being back in Shanghai, I’d like to plug my buddies at Factory 5 as they’ve recently moved into a new space.

    The new shop is located in a converted food-market and includes a full service shop, an office, private terrace and even has some beer taps! If you’re in Shanghai and like bicycles, F5 is a must-see.

    Have a look at some more photos below and make sure to get over to the Factory 5 Flickr for even more.

    -Brian

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  • Bishop Classic Road Bike

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    photos by Keith Trotta

    I’ve been staring at this bike right here for far too long; that tends to happen when I see new work from Chris Bishop. Like all of the builds you’ll see from Bishop Bikes, this road bike is elegantly finished and full of subtle details, making it easy to get “lost in fixation”.  Make sure to have a look at the details on this beauty below, and check out this bike’s story in pictures over at the Bishop Flickr.

    -Brian

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