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.