Ok, I know I’m going against the category of A Day in 10 Photos but I couldn’t narrow it down to less than 20. Plus, the galleries look nice with two rows of photos.
We were all pretty tired come Wednesday and the last place I wanted to go was a tradeshow but the allure of the Taipei cycle show was enticing. A quick walk of the aisles and I had seen everything worth seeing. The juxtaposition of an international company’s booth like Mavic right next to a Taiwanese bootleg version was quite comical. Most of the products I had seen at Interbike and the show was smaller than NAHBS this year. We were done seeing everything in under two hours.
From there, we made it out for some food before heading to the Mission Workshop and Voyager party at Werd Magazine where some of the many locals rolled through and had a few drinks. What happened afterwards is the reason why I didn’t make a post yesterday. We were all up too late, partying too hard and feeling like crap the next day. At least I’m over my jetlag and reenergized now, ready for a busy day ahead…
Check out some narrated photos in the Gallery and keep an eye on Mission Workshop’s (@MissionWorkshop) and my Instagram (@JohnProlly) during the day for updates.
If you’re in Taiwan for the Taipei bike show this Wednesday, swing through this party that we’re throwing while we’re in town.
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When this project was first proposed to me, all I thought was “this is too good to be true” and after what seems to be a maddening process of pulling everything together, we’re good to go! Here’s the official blurb from Mission Workshop:
“Follow John Watson of Prollyisnotprobably.com and the Mission Workshop crew as they ride through China’s Yangtze river delta on a photo exploration of bike culture with the help of the guys at Factory Five. Visit the Mission Workshop Blog as they travel through the world’s largest urban population in Shanghai and also explore the ancient architecture of the Chinese countryside.”
To start off the trip, I’ll be in Taiwan in time for the Taipei International Cycle Show before we fly out to Shanghai. This is one part of the world I’ve always wanted to see and I cannot wait to share my photos with you all.
Expect daily updates both here and on the Mission Workshop blog, as well as on Instagram @JohnProlly @MissionWorkshop.
Mission Workshop continues their Advanced Projects line with a Rummy Messenger Bag:
“This edition of the Rummy messenger bag is constructed from American-made 10 oz. waxed canvas and incorporates features reserved for our Advanced Projects series bags; the Arkiv closure system and the light-weight and super tough VX liner. The weatherproof canvas will show wear patterns that reflect daily use.
Messenger bag features include: quick-access outboard pockets, internal zippered pockets, custom aluminum strap hardware, and detachable cross-chest stabilizer. Large exterior facing zippered pocket fits up to 15” laptop computers. The weatherproof roll top main compartment can be used in either the “roll top” mode, or in the traditional “flap down” configuration.
Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty.”
Today, Mission Workshop launched their new merino wool hoodie, the Torre:
“The Torre is a classic casual hoodie made with a unique 380 Gram, 18.9 Micron New Zealand Merino wool reinforced with core filalment Lycra. Developed exclusively for Mission Workshop, this fabric results in an exceptionally durable garment that will be a staple for years to come.
Additional details include classic single welt handwaramer pockets, YKK zipper, a semi fitted hood and two concealed zippered pockets.
Made in San Francisco, California.”
Check out more at Mission Workshop.
Photos by Arthur Alvarez
Kevin Mihovich wanted his Cinelli Mash track bike to stand out from the rest by being hidden. Does that make sense? So he commissioned West Coast Hydrographix in Redwood City, CA to cover his bike in real tree camo. Then, he enlisted the help of his friend Arthur Alvarez to do a photoshoot in the woods. Pretty clever. Check out more below!
In need of a last-minute gift idea? I’ve been a long time supporter of Mission Workshop and for a limited time, they’re giving back to the readers of PiNP with a killer discount on two of their newest releases. Here are the details:
“Exclusive for Prolly is Not Probably readers : Grab a serious cold-weather riding kit at a discount. Available together or individually, the Trigger Windproof Jacket ($199.50 – normally $285) and the Bosun Merino Wool Jacket ($185.50 – normally $265), will keep you warm and protected into the depths of winter. Knowing that the you guys are going to be on your bikes no matter the temperature, MW felt like this was a well-deserved discount for those who will be thrashing in the mud, plowing through icy streets after the storm, and generally staying rad all winter long. ”
Scoop the Trigger and the Bosun here, together or separately for a killer deal!
Mission Workshop is opening a pop-up shop in Japan for two weeks, starting this Friday. Here are the juicy details:
Friday, 17:00 to 20:00 November 23, 2012
[Mission Workshop POP-UP STORE]
Open for a limited time: Friday 23 November 2012 – December 2, 2012
Open hours 11:00 to 20:00 (Closed Wednesdays)
1-8-8-1F-cho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo Kichijojiminami
Today Mission Workshop added a new product to their Arkiv VX line, the R8 Field Pack:
“The Advanced Projects Edition VX / R8 Field Pack allows for the secure and simple attachment of weatherproof accessories to the exterior of the bag. The Arkiv® modular system gives the bag freedom to evolve and adapt as needed. With an arsenal of accessories to choose from the R8 series is ready to travel. Accessories range from simple cell phone pouches and tool pockets to larger organizers and laptop sleeves. Equipped with 8 Arkiv rails and available in two sizes.
The AP Edition is made with a 1000 denier VX Cordura ripstop shell backed with a PTFE waterproof membrane. In addition, the R8 is lined with a lightweight VX70 ripstop liner. All of which results in an exceptionally durable barrier to the elements.
All Arkiv bags and accessories are completely weatherproof, made in the USA and backed by a lifetime warranty. Only available through Mission Workshop and Firmament Berlin”
Pick up one of these here, at Mission Workshop.
All of my long sleeve dress shirts are Taylor Stitch and we all know that Mission Workshop makes superior bags. So when these two get together, you know it’ll be good. Here’s the low down on the Dearborn Overshirt:
“The Dearborn Overshirt was the result of a summer project between Mission Workshop and Taylor Stitch. Taylor Stitch is an independent shirt maker, creating new styles of small batch shirts. The Dearborn shirt is the first effort of combining the best aspects of both companies.
Taylor Stitch constructed the garment in San Francisco using traditional and time-proven techniques building a shirt that will hold up under daily abuse with a fit made to cover base layers without being overly bulky.
From Mission Workshop, the Dearborn inherited technical aspects such as 3X Dry® which repels water and stains and aides in wicking off moisture from the skin. It is built from Scoeller’s Turkish cotton with added stretch. The S-spring snaps and underarm eyelets are imported from Germany. And as small detail, the chest pocket is ported for your media.”
Pick one up here. So stoked on this!