Category Archives: Mission Workshop
Q&A With Chris Chance at Mission Workshop TONIGHT!
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Tonight at Mission Workshop in SF, I’ll be moderating a discussion with Chris Chance of Fat Chance Bicycles. Here’s the scoop:

“Chris Chance is bringing back Fat Chance Bicycles. Making a killer bike back in the day wasn’t easy and bringing it back to life 15 years after closing down shop can’t be either. Chris will be speaking at Mission Workshop San Francisco Saturday August 15th. John Watson will be leading the questions, but attendees are welcome to ask Chris what’s on their mind. The talk will be live streamed on TheRadavist.com so you can follow along from your garage, but if you’re local, email [email protected] to grab a seat. Beers start at 5pm, doors close at 6:30pm. Talk starts at 7pm.”

We hope to see you there!

Aug 15, 2015 3 comments
Mission Workshop: Black MultiCam Sanction with Arkiv Hardware
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I cannot get enough of this material. Designed and manufactured in the USA, black MultiCam may be a bit fashion-centric but it’s so subtle that it’s innocuous. Mission Workshop continues to trickle it down its line with this limited edition Sanction rucksack but they added a hi-vis orange waterproof ripstop nylon liner and their patented Arkiv closure system.

The Sanction is the younger sibling to the Fitzroy, the larger sized rucksack but has all the necessary space for a quality day pack.

Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty. Scoop one up at Mission Workshop.

Jul 30, 2015 4 comments
Mission Workshop: The Sansom Water Repellent Button Up
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Made in SF, the Sansom is constructed of Schoeller Turkish stretch cotton with a NanoSphere® water repellent finish with German made Prym s-spring snaps for fastening. This is a tech shirt that looks damn good on and off the bike. The last rendition was one of my favorite MW pieces. Available now, in limited stock at Mission Workshop.

Jul 22, 2015 Comments are OFF
Mission Workshop: Hauser Hydration Backpack in Black MultiCam
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The Hauser has been my go-to bikepacking, MTB riding and even commuter day pack since its inception. A highly versatile bag that’s both made in the USA and super comfortable just got more stylish (depending on how you feel about camo). The latest bag is made from black Multicam printed cordura. Multicam is a subtle print that looks even better splatted with mud… For those who always ask how I carry a camera on the bike, I use the 10L for DSLRs like the 5Dmkiii or rangefinders and the 14L for the Canon 1DX and two lenses.

See more at Mission Workshop.

Jul 16, 2015 2 comments
Mission Workshop: Loch House
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Scotland seems other-worldly to me and Sam Needham’s photos in the newest Mission Workshop Field Test series capture that bleak, yet serene, almost alien landscape. Head over to Mission Worskhop to check out the full report.

Jul 8, 2015 Comments are OFF
Mission Workshop: Stahl Shorts Restocked
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Gear is preferential, especially when it comes to shorts. Length matters, fit matters and when cycling is thrown into the equation, durability matters. These shorts have become my staple when it comes to camping, or bikepacking or even just jamming around on trails. They’ve taken hits, seen their share of swimming holes and they keep begging for more.

The Mission Workshop Stahl shorts have become one of my favorite “cycling apparel” products and they’re back in stock now, from a size 29 up to a 36 at Mission Workshop. I would size down one full size due to the nature of the fabric’s stretch. Four-way stretch means across the waist too!

Jun 24, 2015 2 comments
Mission Workshop: Softshell Faroe Pullover
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I know it’s easy to geek out about ever piece of tech apparel brands like Mission Workshop develop and eventually put to market. I say “eventually” because sometimes it takes a while to make sure it’s ready. Take this Softshell Faroe Pullover for example. I’ve been wearing one since January and it’s safe to say it’s almost all I wear when I’m riding in an environment that demands it. That ranges from sunny days in the New Zealand mountains, where I want to keep the sun off my arms and neck, or a misty mountain hop in the Angeles Crest. Even here in Austin, with our hit-or-miss rainy spring weather.

This one garment has been put through the ringer and it’s still kicking. It’s lightweight (220g) and is constructed using Swiss-made Schoeller®-Dryskin fabric with Nanosphere® water repellent treatment. Schoeller is like the titanium of the fabric industry. What can’t it do? Camping, mountain biking, road cycling, touring, bike packing, its applications are endless.

Check out more at Mission Workshop and yeah, it might not be for everyone, but believe me when I say it’s one of my favorite pieces ever made from the brand. I’ll be taking it with me to Banff this week!

Jun 8, 2015 4 comments
Ask a Founder with Tom Ritchey at Mission Workshop
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This Saturday, May 30th Tom Ritchey will be at Mission Workshop in SF for one of their Ask a Founder events. Here are the details:

“The Founders Event was created in effort to pull the curtain back and learn more about cycling brands that we respect. We as an industry tend to focus on the stunning finished parts but not as much on the struggle it takes to get there. For the event we simply turn the cameras on, step back and watch the story unfold. We cover the inspiration behind ideas, the projects that never got off the ground and everything in between.

For the third installment of the Mission Workshop Founders series we are honored to have Tom Ritchey on our stage to learn about the massively influential brand that shares his name. Ritchey’s love with all things two wheels started early. He built his first frame when he was just 16 years old and started his first company in his early twenties. The shape of cycling would arguably look very different without his involvement. Join us this Saturday May 30th at 7PM PST to watch Tom spin his tales live on Bikemag.com. Be part of the event by asking Tom a question via Twitter using “#AskRitchey” as the hashtag.

Live audience space is limited, if you can make it, email [email protected] for a seat.”

May 28, 2015 3 comments