I’m all about that PMA!



Images from…HERE and HERE!

Anybody know who’s wearing the vest?

Here’s a hint…we just worked on THAT BIKE!

Ask a Founder: Tom Ritchey!

It’s long…so grab some popcorn!

Super rad Eroica video from Giro!

Merckx Monday: Thomas Pips


THOMAS PIPS is a Belgian comic series and the main character itself is the most famous cartoon character from the work of the Ghent cartoonist Leo Victor Frans De Budt better known under the pseudonym “Buth” (1919-2010).

Over his 45 year long career, Buth produced thousands of drawings, cartoons and comics. His production was immense and to keep his up he often resulted to drawing his inspiration from other artists and series, such as Chic Young’s ‘Blondie’ (note the resemblance between Dagwood and Thomas Pips).

In February of 1946, he introduced his best-known character THOMAS PIPS in the newspaper “Het Volk”.
Starting in June 1951, this detective comic appeared on the center pages of comic magazine ” ‘t Kapoentje” where it stayed until 1985. THOMIS PIPS is however best known for his annual adventures during the TOUR DE FRANCE, that Buth made between 1947 and 1982.

Buth is well-known for his Tour de France gags and cartoons, and generations of Belgians – including this flickr fan – have grown up searching for the hidden house in these drawings.

Illustration and words from…HERE!

God I’d love to get my hands on some of these comics!

Also checkout this rad tintin cover!

Hopefully Tom answers my question…

it’s been almost a year and I still haven’t got an answer!


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 RSVP@missionworkshop.com for a seat.

What a great photo and flyer, is that photo from Tom’s personal collection?