Bike helmets, Pollution masks required for Yangtze River tour

San Francisco bag and bike apparel brand Mission Workshop outfitted a three-man crew to tour the Yangtze river delta on bikes this month. In an unlikely gear-testing journey, the urban-style riders — including John Watson of the blog Prolly Is Not Probably, who is a hired gun shooting photos and videos along the route — will bike a few hundred kilometers through the Chinese countryside. Their first stop was Taipei (video here), and next the group goes to Shanghai and then pedals into the countryside on the Mission Workshop-powered tour. Check the company’s blog for daily updates, and here below is a spread of images captured so far from the trip. —Stephen Regenold

Architectural waypoints on Yangtze River tour

Air pollution is high

Fishing dock along the route

Welcome to a bike industry trade show in Taipei

Track bike in Taipei

City life

Taipei view

Jazz hands?

Packed up, ready to ride

Exploded view: John Watson’s gear for the trip (all goes in his pack)

Laps for a thrill

Country lane

On down the road…

—Photos by John Watson/Prolly Is Not Probably.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.