Pal Paul

The bloke what created our recent Hampsten Cycles font and boar logo, Londoner Paul Barnes, has a new website.

Check it out.

this horace guy

House33 Trainers in…

…over at Velo Gear

By Woolistic

Seriously cool and merino-soft, chain-stitching-and-font fetishists will have a field day

Supplies limited, sizes run smallish


Olive Oil

Here’s a look at Andy’s new olive oil label – the oil being from Il Fontoia de Foiano, just over the hill from his spread in Tuscany. The art is by Sheryl Chapman (graphics for Tournesol, Moots, and Ibis – among others); Sheryl and Chucky were gracious enough to host on my recent CA binge.

Finger Lakes Ramble, 2006

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.

Tournesol saddle bag

please forward to arnaud and papa large

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.


Gran Paradiso Titanio

Photos by Matt; bike by HampCo for Matt