All posts tagged Shanghai

  • H.A.G.S. – Have A Good Summer, A Short Skateboarding Video via Shanghai


    Piggybacking on the Nuge bombing Baxter street, I figured I’d share a short skateboarding video that I just finished filming out here in Shanghai. The video, titled H.A.G.S., features a bunch of my buddies out here and was filmed over the last 5 months or so.

    Skaters featured: Edward Chang, Edan Qian, Brian Kleiber, Justen Snyder, Per Asplund, Alex Greenberg, Johnny Tang, Wang Di, Richard Specht, Mikey Cheah, Juhani Salo, Oscar Swales, Xu Zhao.

    My homie Jack Moore was kind enough to supply me with the illustrations for this video. Go grab yourself a tee shirt and some stickers from him: jmosnakes.bigcartel.com/

     

  • The North Face – Urban Exploration


    My buddy Charles Lanceplaine with Push Media put together this short for The North Face a couple months ago. This video is all about urban exploration here in Shanghai and features my good homies Edan and Elliott. Enjoy.

  • New Fourstar Clothing

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    First off, sorry things have been sorta dormant over here. As you may know, I work quite a bit and have been doing a bunch of freelancing and side gigs…so spare time has been sparse.

    Anyway, I’ve been helping the homies out over at SkateHere.com with a few things, one of which is wearing new gear and trying not to look super awkward. Here’s a couple shots of the new Fourstar Clothing line for this fall that we shot last week. I haven’t owned anything from Fourstar in ages, but damn…this stuff is very very nice.  If you want to see more or get your hands on some Fourstar gear in China, head on over to Skate Here.

    -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!

    EDIT: photo updated – swapped out my crankset for the trusty SRAM Omniums & have been running the Cetma Cargo 5-rail rack for the last year or so.

    -Brian

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  • New Factory Five Website

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    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.

    -Brian

  • Shanghai Files 2


    We’ve been keeping busy skating and filming here in Shanghai and just finished our latest edit, Shanghai Files 2. The past three months here has really flown by; skating everyday, meeting new people and exploring. But, it’s killed me to not ride a bicycle for the majority of my time here. Good news though: I just finished building up my Factory 5 F550 about a week ago and have been shredding every day! Stay tuned for some photos in the next couple of days. In the meantime, check out some Shanghai skateboarding!

    -Brian

  • I’m still alive!

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    So sorry for the lack of action here as of late, I’ve been working nonstop at my new job here in Shanghai. Over the last month and a half, we’ve been hammering to get our new indoor skate park ready for an event this past Sunday with special guest, Andy Macdonald.

    Transforming a bottling warehouse to a skateable space in just one month is no easy task, and the 7 day weeks definitely beat me up. So again, my apologies for dropping the ball here! I’m not that upset though, because I got to put on a demo with Andy Macdonald on Sunday and never in a million years would have expected to not only meet, but also be skating alongside such a legend.

    Anyway, stay tuned throughout the week as I’ve built up a backlog of things to share…and thanks so much for the continued support.

    The photo above was taken on a pedestrian overpass while walking to Factory 5. Oh yeah, I’ll probably have a bicycle built up by the end of the week! Not riding has been killing me. I’ll definitely post up some photos once the build is complete – stay tuned.

    -Brian

  • Shanghai Files 1


    Shanghai has been quite the trip so far. I’ve been living here for a month already and have been SO BUSY with work. For those who don’t know, myself and my two business partners run a skate shop here in Shanghai and also work with a number of schools doing after-school skateboarding programs; so things have been hectic, but very fun.

    We spent a couple nights filming after work and came up with this edit, Shanghai Files 1 – featuring John Sawchak, Brian Kleiber and Kevin Nevado. Keep an eye out for #2 coming soon, featuring more spots, homies and hijinx.

    -Brian