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