The buddies over at Factory Five just launched a brand new website! Head on over and check it out. They’re offering FREE shipping within mainland China and international express shipping starting at just $25. For a 10% discount, just use the code: F5TENOFF .
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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:
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.
My dudes at Factory Five just launched a new website and it’s looking mint! Head on over and browse around. While you’re there, be sure to have a look at their deals going on to celebrate the launch. If you’re in Shanghai, these are the guys you want to see for anything bike-related.
photo via Little Circles
I’d like to congratulate my buddies over at The Old Spokes Home for coming in at #14 for America’s 50 Best Bike Shops of 2013 on The Active Times! As an ex-employee of a few years, I couldn’t be more hyped for them. If you’re ever in Vermont, do yourself a favor and stop by and see Glen and the gang; don’t miss the museum upstairs either! The recently made another “best bike shops” list put together bike Outside Magazine.
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Make sure to catch up with Affinity Cycles and hear a little bit more about their shop from founder, Jason. I share a lot of the same love for being in shops – which is why so much of my life/career had been spent within them.
A really nicely done video, it sheds some great light on the shop and the NYC scene and makes me want to get back and visit again!
Earlier this month, Hunt and I had a week off to head down to Jersey and the city for a little visit. While riding around Brooklyn, we decided to pay Gina and Shawn at King Kog a visit. As soon as we got there it started raining so we hung out inside and did some frimping and chatting. While inside we came across this wild tall bike they had on loan from a friend who’s currently touring on another tall bike he’s made – crazy. They told us to test ride it, so we took it for a spirited stroll down the block and over a few curbs – you’d be S.O.L. trying to wipe the doo-doo eating grin off either of our faces. Thanks guys!
Last week while Brian and I were down in NYC we headed over to the Bamboo Bike Studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn. These guys have been on the scene for a few years now and it has been really cool to witness the growth of their project.
While we were there we got a sneak peak at some new developments in the Bamboo Bike realm. The whole idea behind their project is sustainability and cost effectiveness. With petroleum prices on the rise they are making changes in design and construction to cope with the elevated costs.
Fence explained two particular adaptations they have embraced to help offset costs as well as move towards a renewable – eco viable solution…..
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