Rider Profile: Xiao Jing 小静

Shanghai is known for it’s diverse culture and extremely fashion forward attitude. As one of the fastest growing cities in the world it can be hard to keep track of it all. That’s why cycling is such a great way to stay grounded and connected to the city. Xiao Jing feels the same way. She’s been mashing these streets for almost 2 years and understands the connection between movement and the urban fabric we call home.

name: Xiao Jing 小静
age: 25
hometown: Shanghai
profession: Sales Manager, Nike China

Q: That’s a serious ride! Can you tell us about your bike?

A: This is my Cinelli Vigorelli. It’s painted in my favorite colors; blue, white and black. It’s actually my third bicycle but definitely the one I ride the most. I’ve upgraded it quite a bit since I first bought it adding Mavic Elipse wheels, a Miche crank and a Fizik saddle. My bike even has a nickname! It’s called ‘little cloud’.

Q: When did you get into riding?

A: I’ve been riding for about a year and a half now. Actually, I’ve known all about fixed gear bikes for almost 6 years. I first learned about them in Japanese fashion magazines. At the time I was still a student so I couldn’t afford to buy a nice bike and there were limited options in town. Now there are so many shops and I was able to save enough money to buy something I really like.

Q: What else are you into besides riding your bike?

A: I spend a lot of my time running and training for long distance adventures, whether it be on my bike or in my sneakers. Otherwise I’m either at home relaxing or at work!

Q: It sure looks like you enjoy running. Do you feel there is a connection between cycling and running?

A: Definitely! I feel that life is very rich and you can learn a lot from both cycling and running. Movement makes life diverse and allows you to meet new people, interact with your surroundings and learn a lot about different cultures. Whether it’s cycling, running, swimming it doesn’t matter. I feel that all sports are interlinked!

Q: Have you got any advice for other girls that are interested in trying out new sports?

A: I think the best piece of advice is to follow your true interests. If you really like something then stick with it! I was very lucky and was able to find a group of like minded friends and they helped me improve as my interests grew.

Q: What do you feel about the cycling scene in Shanghai?

A: It’s extremely diverse with a whole range of riders and activities. I personally enjoy just riding all the local streets here in Shanghai, but there are so many choices. Shanghai is a very charming city with a lot of style and character. I love it!

CNY Opening Hours

Here are our opening hours for the Chinese New Year holiday. Please note all shipping companies will be closed from the 14th to the 27th so all shipping orders will be dispatched when they resume on the 28th.

Saturday 14th 13h00 – 19h00
Sunday 15th

13h00 – 19h00

Monday 16th 10h30 – 21h00
Tuesday 17th

10h30 – 21h00

Wednesday 18th CLOSED
Thursday 19th CLOSED
Friday 20th CLOSED
Saturday 21st

13h00 – 19h00

Sunday 22nd

13h00 – 19h00

Monday 23rd CLOSED
Tuesday 24th CLOSED
Wednesday 25th CLOSED
Thursday 26th 10h30 – 21h00
Friday 27th onwards RESUME USUAL HOURS

CNY Starts here with Factory Five

2015 is the year of the Ram and also a year of the FIVE so we’re throwing down big-time this Chinese New Year. Join us as we celebrate FIVE years of FACTORY FIVE, starting with our annual party this Friday 13th.

Truth is, we’re really a community at F5HQ and we think of you as our real family – so as tradition dictates we’ll be giving Hongbao red-envelopes to everybody who comes. Its our way of saying thankyou.

What’s inside? Who knows. There’ll be prizes, cash and more. One lucky person will find a ticket for a complete F550 Bike inside their red envelope. That’s big!

We’ll have drinks, music, bike talk and all the good stuff that Factory Five brings. Join us from 21h00 and make CNY2015 the bestest ever!

Date: Friday, February 13th Time: 21h00 Onwards Location: 667 Changhua Rd.

F550s Custom: Jason

Stealth, elegant and race-ready this F550s custom is one of our favorite builds to date. Finished in a satin black paint job with muted neon pink inside rear stays and front fork, the glossy black decals give it that extra bit of pop in the sunlight.

Decked out with nothing but the best Jason really put some serious thought into this build. H Plus Son SL42 rims, Gran Compe hubs, Restrap diagonal straps, MKS GR9 pedals, Prologo saddle, Nitto RB 010 bullhorn bars, PAUL E-Lever and our lattice chainring – all to die for!

Be sure to catch it on the streets of Shanghai this year.

Â¥4,500: Preloved F550 Complete [sold]

Used F5 bikes don’t come around very often. This is a rare chance to get hold of second hand complete F550… in excellent condition.

This is a raw 53cm F550 with a custom satin clearcoat and our race decals. It has been built up properly too: the wheelset is H+Son TB-14 rims, Small Flange Gran Compe hubs, DT Swiss spokes and Gumwall tyres. There’s Â¥4,300 of value in the frame and wheels alone.

The rest of the components include an F5 Lattice Crankset, Uno 7 stem, Truvativ oversize risers, Slice seatpost and a new Blend saddle.

All together this is a very tidy bike, less than a year old and in very, very good condition. Available right now in the workshop so give us a shoutout or call by if you’re interested. This probably won’t be here long.

Rider Profile: Lao K

The beauty of cycling is that it brings all kinds of people together over two wheels. Sometimes we meet a rider we can really relate to. Lao K is one of those guys. He rides year-round for the love of cycling, has a pretty nice build and tells some really interesting stories. He’s also super fast.. and slightly bonkers.

name: Lao K (老K)
age: 35
hometown: Shanghai
profession: Public Relations, personal trainer

Q: Tell us about your bike:

A: This is an black and gold F5100. I bought it from F5 two years ago and I’ve upgraded a couple parts since. I ride it a lot, fixed-gear is perfect for the city – who needs gears in Shanghai? I get obsessive about cleaning it because I want it to look good and I keep it inside where I live.

Q: How did you get into cycling?

A: When I was in middle school I rode my Emmelle mountain bike to class every day. It was so heavy and useless but I didn’t know any better. Only when I moved to Shanghai did I understand fixie life and it changed everything.

Q: What’s your favorite style of riding?

A: Everything but I mostly love adventure cycling. I’m a running coach and me and some friends decided one night to take a trip together riding from Lhasa to Kathmandu. It was crazy, we cycled for 10 days and passed the Everest base camp.

I’ve also been on riding trips to India and Vietnam. It’s difficult for Chinese people to get Visas to go to foreign countries but I think I had a good enough reason. Look at this helmet, a local Vietnamese motorcycle taxi dude gave it to me. It’s not for bikes but I think it’s pretty cool.

Q: What else do you like doing?

A: I’m a sportsman. I love running, marathons, cross country. I’ll play any kind of outdoor sport. My wardrobe is entirely sports gear. I love reggae too, I ordered this custom bag from USA. Everything in my life has been chosen for a reason and my bike is the same. I get to mix in my personal style with my main mode of transport.

The New F5 Mason Shirt

The Mason Shirt takes Factory Five back to our origins. The all-seeing Circle-5 returns in this 2015 tee – casting a beam from the streets of Shanghai.

The shirt is proudly made and silk-screened in Shanghai by LetsT. The cut is slightly closer, with enough length for on-bike suitability. It is heathered 100% cotton for plush winter to spring comfort – and in bold duotone has all the style without being over fussy.

Sizing is Asian, so go one larger if you want a looser fit. Small to XX-Large whilst stocks last.

Rider Profile: Martin (周马)

Sometimes, running a bike store feels like working in a candy store. We sell some of the finest parts and components… and can theoretically build up whatever we like. The sky is the limit.

In China, though, this is easily blown away by the bikes some kids are riding here. They are beyond even our wildest dreams.. and these guys are brand new to the scene, blasting in with a huge appetite. It’s the story of an entire nation emerging onto the global marketplace.

So, here’s Martin. He owns probably the most expensive track bike in Shanghai. It’s not his favorite ride though.

name: 周马 (Martin)
age: 16
hometown: Shanghai
profession: High School Student

Q: Tell us about your bike:

A: I have 7 bikes and this is my best. It is a Bianchi D2 Pista Carbon. I’ve always wanted a full carbon bike and this is it. Corima 4 spoke wheels, Zipp VulmaTT crankset, Enve bars and stem, Alpina seatpost and Mantra CarbonFX saddle. Everything carbon!

My first bike was a cheap local bike, a DEX. It was good enough to get me into cycling and from there I upgraded each time. I bought the VISP killer whale, Cinelli Mash, Fuji Track, Colnago Master Pista and Cannondale Track. I love this Bianchi but I think I like the Fuji track the best, it feels really smooth and comfortable to ride.

Q: Why so many bikes?

A: I’m lucky, my parents support me a lot. They know riding is much better for my health than computer games or internet. so they encourage me to get out there and be healthy.

Q: When did you get into cycling?

A: I stated riding in 2013 during middle school and I got crazy about fixed gear. It became my passion and all my friends too – they think it’s cool. After the first bike I bought was bad quality, I didn’t want to waste my time on the transition bikes. I bought the best I could find. Over time better and better bikes are coming to China, so I had to buy again! My friends think I have enough.

Q: What is your real passion – cycling or bicycles?

A: I know what you mean, it’s totally different. I love to ride and have the flexibility to go anywhere I want – it feels free and easy. But bicycles have a big attraction to me. I’m always looking for new and different frames and components. I love to get new bikes.

Q: What other styles do you like?

A: I listen to pop music when I ride… and play a lot of billiards to relax. Then I spend a lot of time surfing the social networks to find new components and accessories. Last year I worked part time in a workshop (at F5) to learn how to build bikes – now I can upgrade on my own!

F550 Custom: Lauren

When Lauren first made contact with us through e-mail she wasn’t quite sure what she was after. Something that looked great that would ride well in San Francisco. After exchanging some ideas we settled on this beautiful matte off-red paint job with a custom Superman headbadge and some serious components. H Plus Son Archetype rims, red anodized Novatec hubs, our lattice chainring and a neat set of riser bars with Fyxation BMX grips. The bike turned out great, catch her on the road this spring!