Category Archives: Mission Workshop
Eric’s Gilded Speedvagen Rugged Road
Eric's Speedvagen Gilded Rugged Road

“The unicorn is a legendary animal that has been described since antiquity as a beast with a large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead. The unicorn was depicted in ancient seals of the Indus Valley Civilization and was mentioned by the ancient Greeks in accounts of natural history by various writers, including Ctesias, Strabo, Pliny the Younger, and Aelian. The Bible also describes an animal, the re’em, which some translations have erroneously rendered with the word unicorn.” Wikipedia

While this bike isn’t as rare as a unicorn (my uncle saw one once in West Virginia on a bootleggin’ run), it’s safe to say that we’d all rather ride atop this bicycle, over a smelly horse with a horn.

Eric is a lucky sonofagun. After having his bike taken from him, he used his insurance money, along with money he had saved up for a custom bike to put a deposit down on a Speedvagen Rugged Road. (more…)

Sep 15, 2015 32 comments
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