Now on Facebook!

We got us a little Facebook fan club, courtesy of Jenny. Stop on by, look around, share your anecdotes and pictures of bikes and memorable rides. Crack a beer.

We like boars…

Poster update

We have them in stock and have a limited supply of those with a signature – please specify. Posters are 22″ X 16″ on heavy archival paper suitable for framing. Price is $30 + $5 shipping, please allow 4-6 weeks for me to mail yours. Personal checks preferred:

Hampsten Cycles
4200 NE 105th St
Seattle, WA 98125

Two more…

blogroll additions, that is.

We have great photos from Jordan over at The Blue and Red:
and good writing from Whit at Pave – we like this entry in particular.

New bike thirty

Nice rack!

We’ve had a couple of requests for more info on the rack pictured, so here goes: It’s similar to the racks we do for most of our Tournesol builds, being silver-brazed chrome-moly (4130) steel which is nickel-plated when finished. Each rack is built specific to a particular fork, usually for a particular bag. In this case we wanted the flexibility to use a variety of front carriers: the BaileyWorks bag (shown) for shorts trips, a Berthoud randonnee bag for longer treks, or even a wicker basket for true beer (and food) runs.

We needed this rack to work with the Tektro caliper brakes, thus the asymmetrical mounting tab on the left side of the fork crown. Since we wanted to use a variety of bags and a basket it seemed to make sense to do an adjustable rear loop which can easily be tightened or even removed altogether.
The new owner loves the bike, the rack works great, even the Brooks saddle gets two thumbs up.


Salient features:

Fits a hardcase that doesn’t incur airline up-charges

Ti construction protects against scratching and denting, resists TSA’s best efforts

Negligible increase in overall weight with couplers – 1/2 pound, maybe

Use of Edge fork,tweaked brake bridge on rear, and appropriate geometry allows range of 23mm to 29mm tires using short-reach calipers

Is responsive on smooth roads, stable on gravel – a true all-rounder

Steel frame available


This is a new model but could be considered a hybrid of our all-steel Cinghiale Pro model with our ever-popular Strada Bianca. In brief, girlfriend Jenny wanted a stylish commuter-slash-grocery-getter and we thought it might be good to make it compatible with/convertible to dropped bars for longer/faster riding. Thus “Zucchero” – meaning: “sugar”, not the Italian pop singer.

Frame and fork were impeccably welded and painted by IndyFab, custom front bag by BaileyWorks, fork by Martin, adjustable rack by Max, pix by Matisse, design and assembly by Steve for HampCo.

(Two more flatbar/shopping bikes in process, both 650B Tournesol – it seems the people have spoken.)