Factory Five

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876 Jiangsu Lu

The name, Factory Five, is a bit misleading. This new ‘bike shop’, is more of a bike-lover’s hub than a retail outlet – you can buy bikes, fix up your current model in their workshop or hang out and drink a beer.

Behind the concept are three fixed-gear enthusiasts who want to create a community around bikes in Shanghai. Tyler Bowa, of People’s Bike fame, says they ‘lucked out’ with the venue, which is as much of an outdoor as indoor space, with a tree-studded garden and patio area (they’re soon to install a barbecue and beer-stocked fridge for casual summer parties). The ‘store’ is more of a tool-littered workshop with cosy sofas, all housed in an airy, crumbled villa.

The shop has grown and now Factory Five sells custom bikes, starting at 4,500RMB, built with their own aluminium and steel frames. They also recycle old China brands including Forever (Yongjiu) and Phoenix (Feng Huang) frames, turning them into single or fixed-gear, customisable cruiser bikes, that are some of the sexiest bikes we’ve ever seen 3,000RMB.

Factory Five are seriously geeky about the bikes they produce, and are innovating with their own designs, like a hub that suits traditional steel Chinese frames. They’ve also gone to extreme lengths to ensure the quality of their bike parts, which come only from factories the owners trust: studded seats from the south of China and hubs (pick from gold, red, silver, green or black; you can also pick the colour of the rims) from Taiwan. They also import leading parts and accessories brands from around the world like waterproof Mission Workshop bags made in USA and English Brooks leather saddles.

You can also order your bike online with their online store at wearefactoryfive.com

By Nicola Davison

Venue name: Factory Five
Opening hours: 10am-9pm Tue-Fri, 1-7pm Sat-Sun, Close on Mon
Email: shoutout@wearefactoryfive.com
Metro: Jiangsu Lu
English address: Unit 102, Block E, 876 Jiangsu Lu, near Huashan Lu, Jingan district
Chinese address: 静安区江苏路876号, 近华山路