“Meyrueis, Lozere, June 26, 1977. Hot and overcast. I take my gear out of the car and put my bike together. Tourists and locals are watching from sidewalk cafes. Non-racers. The emptiness of those lives shocks me.”
Ciclo e moto
Seriously cool and merino-soft, chain-stitching-and-font fetishists will have a field day
Supplies limited, sizes run smallish
Rich Roat from House Industries has produced a limited-edition poster commemorating the 2006 Finger Lakes Ramble. They’re beautiful, each one is printed on heavy archival paper, suitable for framing, and they’re only $50. 112 were pressed and they’re going to go quickly.
The guy on the bike looks (to me) like Douglas-as-Eddy (or vice-versa) and we’ll all recognize the church. Oddly enough it doesn’t seem to be raining.
The font is called “Rene Herse” – too cool.
Operators are standing by.
A friend writes:
I had a similar (but BETTER) experience recently, also aboard a HampStar.
I hired a personal trainer, engaged in the removal of any internal organ for which I could not clearly explain the purpose, and have whipped myself into a semblance of Fakeness to be able to do the Hampsten name proud. And I’m clean. Clean I say. A beacon of hope in this otherwise dark and dismal (as of late) sport of ours.
Also, I was in a shop recently with the bike. The owner immediately approached and said (in snooty bike snob voice): “So you bought a Parlee”. It then continued like this:
Me: No, it’s a Hampsten
ShopDick: It’s made by PARLEE
Me: No, I bought it from HAMPSTEN (still playing dumb)
SD: Um, perhaps, but it’s BUILT by PARLEE
Me: Um, I don’t think so. See it says right here (pointing to downtube)
SD: But the bikes are manufactured by PARLEE. I am certain of this.
Me: I don’t think so.
SD: Yes, it’s a fact.
Me: Agree to disagree.