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  • 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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  • VANDEYK VDX Cyclocross Bikes

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    VANDEYK is always taking things to the next level and their latest cyclocross bike is no exception. While it’s still stupid hot here in Shanghai (and probably will be for the next two months), the rest of the world is preparing for summer to come to an end and for fall to begin. I can’t wait for it to cool down around here. Anyway, VANDEYK just sent some photos of the VDX, their brand new cyclocross machine, and it sure does look good.

    For the development of the VDX, VANDEYK partnered up with up with Cyclocross authority Crema Cycles around ex-professional racer Ken Bloomer. Being handbuilt (TIG welded) from a well-selected blend of Columbus Spirit and True Temper Platinum OX high-end steel tubing, the frame is the timeless and racy core of this mud machine. The creative approach for the graphic design work is built around the “X” as a central theme, which is translated into the VANDEYK signature ‘machine code’ on the top tube and fork legs. Options include a Cantilever or Disc brake version, both built around the stellar carbon fiber forks from our friends over at ENVE Composites. Head tube options are 44mm or a more classic 1 1/8″ version. As usual at VANDEYK, the paintwork is executed in highest-grade liquid paint. The VDX is available as frameset including frame and fork.

    Be sure to check out this beautiful bicycle in full detail below and also head over to the VANDEYK website for more info.

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    -Brian

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  • 2014 Wolfpack Hustle Civic Center Crit Photos by Prolly

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    John captured some amazing moments at this year’s 2014 Wolfpack Hustle Crit at the Civic Center in Los Angeles. This set is killer. I’m loving this shot of Marc Marino ripping a corner.

    Make sure to check out the full set over on The Radavist.

    -Brian

  • Cannondale & Death Spray Custom 2014 TDF Bicycles

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    Death Spray Custom teamed up with Cannondale this season to create their lineup of 2014 Tour De France bicycles and man, do they look good. Each bicycle is even personalized with their rider’s spirit animal! See more over at DSC.

    -Brian

  • Jake Ricker: Mexico City Cycle Messenger World Championships

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    Jake Ricker caught some killer captures at the Agustín Melgar Olympic Velodrome for the Mexico City Cycle Messenger World Championships. Originally built for the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics, this velodrome has some real character and history. Check out the full story as well as some more photos over at Mash SF.

    -Brian

  • Blotto: Skateboarding on Stowe Mountain With Kyle Burroughs

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    My good friend Kyle Burroughs has been busy filming for a new skate video coming out of Vermont, titled: “Bestevermont”. He, Stephen and our buddy / world-renowned photographer, Blotto, recently took a little hike up Stowe and captured these amazing photos. Kyle’s got some of the best style and pop in the game…I can’t wait to see how his video turns out this Fall. Hopefully I’ll have a clip or two in it also!

    Kyle is also a certified raw nutritionist and has an amazing chocolate company based out of Burlington, VT called Wholey Cacao. I couldn’t give a stronger recommendation to give his products a try.

    Thanks to The Good Life for the photos. Be sure to check out the rest of the set too!

    -Brian

  • Sycip Hardtail Mountain Bike

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    It’s been a minute since I’ve posted a beautiful bicycle…my apologies. With my new gig (skateboarding all day), my internet surfing has really taken a downward spiral. I simply haven’t had quite as much time to drool over pretty bikes all day.

    Anyway, this Sycip from Alan Tansey is beautiful. There really is nothing like a 1×9 steel hardtail mountain bike. Check out some more of Alan’s shots on his Flickr. The paintjob reminds me of an old-school Bianchi Grizzly…so rad.

    -Brian

  • Factory Five Tuesday Night Group Ride

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    This past Tuesday was the first chance I got to go on the infamous Factory Five group ride and sheesh, I was blown away. I’d guestimate a little over 300 heads showed up the ride, all on various types of bicycles; track, fixed, road, hybrid and even mountain bikes were all present and in solid numbers. I rode my new F550.

    We met up at the shop around 8:30 for a 9 PM departure, taking us all over the city. One of the best parts of finally getting a bike to ride in Shanghai is getting my bearings and a sense of direction. For my first two months here, I had no idea where anything was let alone what general direction I needed to be going. Since then, I’ve been out almost every night getting my spin on, doing some exploring and spot hunting. I said it a while back, but stay tuned for some detail shots of my new whip in the coming days!

    -Brian

  • Stanridge Cycles For Red Hook Crit

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    Ohio based Stanridge Cycles is excited to announce the arrival of Katie Arnold to the team as it heads into it’s 3rd season competing in the Red Hook Crit Series. Arnold will join previous Red Hook winner and Cat 1/Pro, Evan Murphy at the start line in NYC this weekend.

    This years Red Hook Crit program began in October of last year while in Shoreditch, London visiting Death Spray CustomBen Eine‘s work on Mother London caught the eye of Stanridge Cycles Owner Adam Eldridge. After returning to the states Ben was contacted and it was on. Ben hand painted both frames for the event.

    This year Enve Composites, Paul Components and Vittoria Tires have joined as new team sponsors while Endo Custom remains as the jersey maker. Riders will use a variation of the iconic Stanridge HSP MkII (pictured) during the series to showcase a team that competes at the highest level of fixed crit racing.

    “I enjoy creating bikes for this series. Having these frames used under race conditions means much more to me than hanging them on display at a bike show. They’ll get beat up, scratched and used which is perfectly fine with me”.  - Adam Eldridge, Owner of Stanridge Cycles.

     

  • The Footdown: Pro Skateboarders Who Ride Fixed Gear Bikes

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    Just came across this old post from Ty over at The Footdown – Pro Skateboarders Who Ride Fixed Gear Bikes. Talk about a long list!

    This was done in 2010, so how many more do you think there are now? If you’ve got any that haven’t been mentioned on this list, leave a comment below or get @ me on Twitter – @klei_ber or @culturecycles. Pictured above is the one and only, John Cardiel; please take a minute to hail the great.

    Here’s the link to the full list: Fixed Gear Riding Pro Skateboarders

    -B

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  • Custom Painted Surly Moonlander by Swamp Things

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    Man, I’ve featured some of the custom painted bikes by Swamp Things here a few times but they just keep getting better! Fat Bikes have really been booming this winter, and what better way to keep the stoke going than with a custom painted Surly Moonlander? Cruise over to Starf*ckers on Flickr and have a look at the rest of this beaut!

    -B

     

  • Cycles d’Autremont: Jay B’s Neo Retro Road

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    Talk about a loving wife…Jay is one lucky guy. One of the latest builds from my buddy Hubert at Cycles d’Autremont of Burlington, VT is Jay B’s Neo Retro road bike; a 30th birthday gift from his wife. Blending classic style and modern component, this bike beautifully fuses the best of both worlds. Check out a few more shots below and make have a look at some of the other bikes I’ve featured from Cycles d’Autremont.

    -B

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