As part of Mission Workshop’s AP Series, these new limited edition Sanctions feature anodized hardware, a waxed twill fabric and the same, made in the USA, lifetime warranty that MW has on all their products. See more at Mission Workshop.
I don’t know how many of you are into TYCHO but I’m stoked on how this project with Mission Workshop turned out:
“Mission Workshop and FILTER Magazine went on tour with San Francisco band Tycho, to capture the life of touring musicians. At first glance, it can seem wildly glamorous: Late nights, different cities, fans that adore you…But look a little deeper and you’ll see that the reality of life on the road is very much to the contrary. Though there are good times to be had, the majority of a touring musician’s life is spent in transition. Transition from city to city, venue to venue, and hotel to hotel. Mission Workshop documented a set of shows just prior to the 2014 Awake tour with Filter Magazine and created a photo collection called Lucid.”
View LUCID at Mission Workshop and check out that 40-page book they printed too!
I shoot so many photos, cover so many events and rides that oftentimes, I lose track of my journeys. When Mission Workshop / Acre offered to take me to Eurobike and then a mountain bike expedition in the Alps, how could I say no? It was such an amazing time and personally, the photos I took on that trip are some of my favorite.
Acre’s in the process of telling stories on their new Journal. One of which being my trip to the Alps, entitled Decompression. Head over to the Acre Journal to read more and check out some nicely laid out images.
After looking back through all 800 photos I shot while on bicycle tour through China with Mission Workshop and Factory 5, I had a hard time breaking it down to a cohesive gallery show.
What I began to notice were themes in the photos, not apparent as I flipped through the files, but when I printed out a selection of photos, they began to tie in together. These themes represent not only my eye for cycling in urban environments, but also my background education and professional career as an architect.
China really changed my perspective on the world as a whole. I saw beautiful landscapes destroyed in the name of progress and capitalism. I witnessed a precious and old culture wiped out to assimilate with a preconceived notion of luxury. Everywhere I looked, I saw western civilization to blame.
Globalization, our desire to own and consume had changed China. Granted I had no benchmark for the status quo, I could only gather enough information through examining the landscapes.
The Chinese build for the sake of building. Supply and demand is a skewed balance, tilted in the former’s favor. This growth is unwarranted and most importantly, uncontrolled.
So where did this bike tour fall into place? It was, after all, Mission Workshop’s idea. While I was given no direction, no instructions, I did have really, complete freedom to do what I wanted.
We had an agenda: test out the new US-manufactured Acre clothing while riding a bicycle through some of the most polluted areas of China and document the trip for a gallery show. Was it successful? I’d say so…
Which brings me to this post: a selection of 50 photos, all shot with my Mamiya 7ii and Kodak Portra 400. These photos break down into illustrative observations, all of which are noted in the photo’s title. Some are obvious, others are not.
You’ll see the themes fairly easily and I’d like to hear what you have to say about them. Feel free to critique / comment, just be polite and constructive.
Mission Workshop is going to have a holiday collection showcase at Golden Saddle Cyclery, beginning this Friday with the opening party. This looks like it’ll be fun. So much fun that I’m flying out for this party and soak in some SoCal Cross!
BEER BEER BEER bourbon
Mission Workshop’s Advanced Projects continues with the Zurich, a merino softshell hoodie:
“The Zurich soft-shell hoodie combines a 4-way stretch nylon shell with a soft Merino wool lining. The outer-shell layer is constructed using Swiss-made Schoeller®-Dryskin fabric with a durable water repellent treatment. This durable 4-way stretch nylon fabric is engineered to provide breathability and moisture management in addition to wind and water repellency. The soft Merino wool lining naturally regulates body temperature, resists odor, provides moisture management, and stretches with your body.
The Zurich is a utilitarian garment ideal for high activity that features single welt hand-warmer pockets, rear zippered pocket, and a semi-fitted hood.
Made in San Francisco, California.”
When Mission Workshop first began entering the apparel market, after success in the outerwear realm, they knew they had to do things differently, while sticking to the MW DNA. I wore their Stahl riding shorts everyday for nearly three weeks in China, so when they asked me what I thought about doing chinos, I replied supportively.
The fit and detailing on their new Division chino pants differ from the other options, all while looking very much at home in the Mission Workshop apparel line.
Like all things made with Schoeller®-Dryskin, they’re not by any means cheap, but then again, they’re worlds apart from your average cotton pants. The Nanosphere® repellent treatment keeps them resistant to water and quick-drying if they do get wet, the 4-way stretch keeps them cool, in addition to offering mobility on the bike.
Made in the USA with a no-questions asked try it on free policy.
Check out more at Mission Workshop!
Photos by Dan Barham
Over the past few months, you’ve seen some of my work with Mission Workshop on their new ACRE line. What began as a ride through China on cross bikes, picked up serious momentum as we plunged downhill in Germany and Switzerland on Santa Cruz mountain bikes. In a lot of ways, Mission Workshop’s progression into the ACRE products reflects what cycling has become for many of us: a lifelong commitment to experimenting with bikes. Period.
When Mission first started, there was a void that needed to be filled in urban cycling portage but few people know that Mission Workshop’s founders were mountain bikers long before they ever touched a track bike.
Over the past few years, they began to take on the immense project of designing MTB gear and bags, all while maintaining the DNA of MW: made in the USA, minimally-branded and tough as shit!
Presenting ACRE: some of the best damn looking MTB apparel and bags on the market. All made in the USA. I’ve used and abused these products and they live up to the same MW standard.
As I’m packing for Australia, I was going over some essentials and two things I always take with me are a rain jacket and a lightweight, merino pullover. When layered, the combination ensures dry, breathable warmth. I’ve been using the Faroe pullover from Mission Workshop since they first released it. It’s the best merino pullover I’ve owned in both fit and durability. Now, don’t be mistaken. A lot of people will say there are cheaper options, but those options use Chinese merino and are made overseas.
The Faroe is made from doubleknit Australian wool and is made in San Francisco, California.
Mission just received stock of the Faroe in this grey color. Pick one up at Mission Workshop and you won’t regret it.
I’ve seen some of the photos that Dan Barham shot during the Mission Workshop ACRE photo shoots in the Alps and they are amazing. If you’re going to Interbike, make sure you swing through the photo show party, WANDER:
“In WANDER, Dan Barham captures a few of Europe’s best mountain trails on film. The tour was designed to test the upcoming Acre line of weatherproof trail packs and apparel fit for riding. At Interbike (Booth #4137) we will be launching both Dan’s photo journal and the new Acre line. Stay tuned for all the details on the MW Blog: http://missionworkshop.