Lucas Brunelle Coming to BFF Shanghai

Arguably the most influential bicycle videographer in the world, Lucas Brunelle will be coming to Bicycle Film Festival Shanghai – and yes, he’s bringing the ‘helmet cam’.

An ex pro-am racer from the US, he competed on a National level for many years before turning to the streets and becoming one of the first riders in the world to document alleycat races. His films have been shown worldwide at the International Cycling Film Festival, Bicycle Film Festival, and have become the benchmark for short cycling films.


His work spans every continent on the planet, including riding The Great Wall Of China – yes, he actually did that. With an amassed 100,000 followers online he is undoubtedly a popular guy. At this year’s BFF Shanghai we will be showing three of his films; Road Sage (program 3), Lucas Brunelle Goes To Chernobyl (program 3) and Lucas Brunelle Goes To Africa (program 4). He’ll be there in the flesh to give a short introduction about his work and answer a few questions after the screenings.

If you’ve ever wanted to meet the Godfather of bike videos then now’s your chance. Tickets are still available for all screenings, but act fast as they’re going quick!


Bamboo Lattice

The team over at Source Cycles have impeccable taste and they’ve added some nice finishing touches to their latest creation. Brooks saddle and grips, but most importantly a Shimano Alfine hub paired with our Lattice crankset.

Check out a few snaps and head over to their site for more bamboo love!

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MGS Tri-Camp

This weekend will be a special training camp for those of you interested in triathlons or if you simply just want to get out of the city for the weekend.  The fitness coach to student ratio is very good, with five dedicated and specialized coaches available and only 25 maximum slots capacity for students.  The event is outside of the city in Moganshan and is a great place to cycle and swim before the weather gets too cold! All levels accepted from beginners all the way to advanced triathletes. Dates are this weekend October 30th.

The tri-camp prices start at 1100RMB for the weekend, so sign up now and reserve a spot.

Moganshan Tri Camp



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F550 Custom: Francis

With a custom paint job like this it’s hard not to stare. This little 50cm F550 Custom boasts a rose inside rear stay, turquoise inner front fork, and a smooth dark caramel overtone with custom graphics. Complete with our Omnilattice crankset, H Plus Son Archetype wheelset, carbon alloy fork, bullhorn bars and front and rear brake. Catch it in the US next year as it heads for Seattle!

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BFF Shanghai – Anken Air Rooftop

One of the best kept secrets about the upcoming Bicycle Film Festival Shanghai has been the new Anken Air complex. Currently unfinished, Anken Air is a new development by the Anken Group that will house creatives, artists and start up businesses. One of the amazing features of this new complex is the ‘open air’ rooftop which will be covered in astroturf and is capable of hosting parties, events and of course film screenings. The rooftop is huge and has an inflatable dome to shelter any events in case of rain. It will be ready in time for BFF, but for now here’s a preview of what’s to come:



In case you missed it, Anken Air is located at No. 181, Lane 465 Zhenning Road, Changning District. Tickets for the upcoming BFF Shanghai can be bought HERE. See you on the roof!

[10/16] SH-MGS-SH Ride


What 什么:

The idea is something in between a race and a Brevet/Audax – let’s call it a Gentleman’s Race. The race will be timed and you will know your final standing, but there will be no prizes. The emphasis is on finishing.

Riders will choose their own route to the single checkpoint: Moganshan mountain. The exact location of this checkpoint will be confirmed soon.




When 时候:

October 16th, midnight.

There will be a group start so arrive by 11:30pm for a quick pre-start briefing.



Where 在哪里:

Start: In front of Factory Five. (667 Changhua Rd near Anyuan Rd)

Finish: Factory Five inside the shop.




Who 谁:

The race is open to all, but you should be pretty confident you can complete the approximately 450km ride in under 24h.

There will be two categories of riders:

– Solo: You are by yourself. No drafting allowed, but helping other riders is fine.

– Pair: The same rules apply as a solo rider, but drafting and support are allowed between the members of the pair.

Riders will be required to provide proof of their ride: a selfie at the summit of Moganshan and a Strava recording of the ride. Again, more details to follow.






Requirements 要求:

– A bike: all kinds of bikes are welcome

– Lights: there will be a few hours of night riding, so best to have something to see by and be seen

– Helmet: yes you need this, kind of self-explanatory

– Strava or similar app: you will need a means of recording your ride, a phone or GPS that can run Strava and take pictures.






To Register 登记:

Please send an email to to register and if you have any questions.

And please attend the event on the Facebook page:


[10/22] Movie Night

This Thursday, October 22nd, we’re showing ‘Where The Trail Ends’. This Red Bull Media film is among the best mountain biking films of all time. It follows the world’s top rated freeride mountain bikers as they rip it up over terrain you didn’t think was possible. Pure entertainment and jaw drop worthy. The film starts at 8pm sharp!


[10/17] – A Knock Out

Our friends at Aboro Boxing Academy are hosting their 3rd Annual ‘A Knock Out’ event on October 17th. If you’ve been previous years then you already know this event throws one hell of a punch. It’s a full night of scheduled boxing matches, drinking and of course partying. With the overwhelming response from last year the Aboro team have organized extra screens throughout the Anken Life complex, including on insanely massive one in our F5 shop. Beers will be flowing, people will be cheering and yes, arms will be swinging. 80RMB on the door, starts at 2pm!

A Knock Out


This past Friday, October 16th, was the first ever ‘Shanghai to Moganshan and Back’ Race. 16 brave participants took to the streets at midnight, ready to embrace the 400+ Kilometer journey. It was a test of personal strength and endurance as they bombed across Shanghai in pure darkness towards the 700 meter 12 degree climb.

An incredible 11 people finished the race, including Nelson Trees who boasted first place with a time of 16 hours and 20 minutes. Although only 5 riders were able to finish in the 24 hour deadline it was high fives all around as the majority returned to Factory Five early Sunday morning. New friendships were formed and everyone admitted to experiencing one of their toughest rides to date. Thankfully there were no accidents and everyone finished in one piece.

We’re already planning the next event so if this is something that interests you be sure to check back on the blog real soon!

Moganshan and Back

The calm before the storm – photo credit: Ewen Yu


The journey, Shanghai to Moganshan and back.