Nahbs 2013, Denver

Passports? Check
Vaccinations? Check
Leisure suits ironed? Check
Show frames off to paint? Check
Cockroach-killing shoes shiny? Check
I think we’re ready… see you there!

Good times…

Here at HampCo Towers we’re usually pretty shameless about tying in products with anniversaries and Andy’s bigger wins – see pretty much anything to do with the 1988 Giro or the Passo Gavia – but in the case of his win at L’Alpe d’Huez in 1992 we completely dropped the bidon, as it were. No Motorola Eddy Merckx paint scheme tribute, no jersey mock-up (yet), we’re still keeping it in the 80s.

But our excuse is that we’re busy here with sales, production, Nahbs prep, some Big Plans For Next Year, Tyler’s book (natch), and our skirt got caught in our chain. And, to be honest, the Motorola years maybe didn’t seem quite as carefree and innocent as those early halcyon days of 7-Eleven, at least from where I sit. Some good results, to be sure, but more pressure, more seriousness, bigger sponsors to keep happy. Following Andy’s departure from that team, it appears, a downward spiral began that we’re still learning about to this day.

Be that as it may, there are few single stages in any rider’s career that have filled me with as much sheer joy as that win on top of the Alpe. I still remember joking to a friend about “What if Andy won today?” while out on a ride that day and to come home and find he did – well, that was pretty sweet.



"Steel is easy to love, because it loves you back”

My thoughts exactly. More here at Cycling Inquisition on Tinno, Columbian framebuilder extraordinaire.

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Gavia Warmth Package

See Johan
See Johan freeze
See Johan freeze his ass off
Freeze, Johan, freeze
Why is Johan freezing?
Johan is freezing because he isn’t wearing our wool socks on the Passo Gavia
Stay warm, buy our socks, admire our Gavia poster

I kid you not

My people tell me this is the new mascot for the UCI World Champeenships in Tuscany, IT, 2013. Is it irony or a startling lack of?

Mad Fiber Thursday

Still loving my Mad Fiber wheels, on my second season with no problems.

Numbers, please

Here we go, in cm or mm please:

  • Saddle height
  • Saddle from floor
  • Bar center from floor
  • Saddle tip to center of bars
  • Center of seatpost to center of bars
  • Saddle behind BB, a plumb bob is good here
  • Seatpost setback and brand of saddle 

The Full Chicago

Track Bike!

Here are some before-paint peeks of Martin’s latest magic, a track frame destined for a nationally-prominent handmade bicycle show likely followed by hours and hours on the new board velodrome in Boulder. And everyone loves puppy pictures so here’s Charlie, our newest critter.