New web text, page should be up soonish on the site.


Wherever you go, the Travelissimo can go with you in style. This bicycle fits in a specially-designed rolling Samsonite suitcase with minimal weight increase and incredible convenience when traveling. By utilizing S and S Machineworks™ super-strong torque couplers we’re able to construct a two-piece steel, 953, or titanium frame that doesn’t incur airline size surcharges but gives up none of the feel of your favorite bicycle.

Our standard Travelissimo is a short-wheelbase/short-reach caliper sport bike designed to take up to a 29mm tire, typically designed to have a touch more stability than its race-bred Gran Paradiso brethren. Classic or Strada Bianca models may also be built with the coupler option for true go-anywhere/anytime capabilities.

S and S Machineworks site. reviews Andy’s own Strada Bianca.

Travelissimo – $2700
Welded and painted steel frame by Independent Fabrication using our own Reynolds/True Temper tubing blend, price includes Edge fork.

Travelissimo Ti – $4400
Perfectly fabricated by Kent Eriksen Cycles using 3/2.5 straight-gauge titanium, price includes Edge fork.

Etcetera – $500 Package includes S & S travel case by Sampsonite, cable splitters, compression members, custom tube wraps, wrench, and security bag.

slightly OT: Joy Division

I came across this piece from Metafilter today on the genesis of the cover art from Joy Division’s first album, Unknown Pleasures. To the first Fermaguiana reader who can draw a line from this album to Hampsten Cycles, I will send a free poster. In the event of a tie, or for extra points, the first reader who can send me the second connection from HampCo to Metafilter – from the last two weeks – might get some socks.

Use the comments section below for answers, please. Those involved are excluded, etc.

IF love

Here’s a great photo-essay on our friends at Independent Fabrication by way of the framebuilder’s list – thanks, Truls.

“So he’s going to start welding on the other side first. That will pull it or shrink it toward the weld. So they’ll pull it a little way first. Then they’ll check it. They’ll check it a couple of times. Then they’re done.”