Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I'm taking a break...

...from selling and shipping overseas. There is too much that can go wrong, not enough is in my control, and making bad things better becomes expensive quickly. It's a hassle and shipping rates are simply stupid. I'll put Canada in this category for now, too.

Apologies if this, etc.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

"One Never Knows, Do One?"

Updating the update:

Andy had a rippingly good time at Eroica CA, so there's that.

Fizik is threatening to make us some leather-covered Aliante saddles, prototypes are in hand.

Max is slowly getting up to speed in his new shop and is happy to get cracking on new Hampsten titanium orders. Meanwhile, Kent Eriksen has been doing a great job of keeping us supplied during the past six months so it looks like we'll be offering customers the option of who builds their ti frame! As with my (furry) children, I have no favorite...

Martin is starting a new lugged frame and fork in my size - stay tuned! Paint on the lugged frames will be by Russ, as always.

Peter is doing a great job with the custom carbon frames: he is currently riding Frame 1; Frame 2 is my size and is at paint with Curt Goodrich; Frame 3 is for pal Scott, is glued, awaiting wrap and curing. I think the carbon thing may be here to stay.

And last but not least, local builder Rodriguez/R & E Cycles has stepped up to build our welded steel frames right here in Seattle given that our own production hit a wall back in December. They do great work, turn things around quickly, painting and fabrication happen under the same roof (and in the same week!), and are willing to deal with my picky demands. We'll keep you posted but this could be a Good Thing and should see our wait times come down considerably.

"I’ll try not to spend too much time telling you how cool I am."

Brother Andy dishes on all the good topics, courtesy of Gear Patrol.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The Update Edition

So - busy as usual, plenty to share but dragging the Sidis in doing so. Let's get started:

Welder Max is opening his own shop - you can read about that here - but the plan is he'll continue building for the HampCo Juggernaut moving ahead. There has been a slight slowdown in production with Kent Eriksen stepping in to help with the titanium builds but we expect to get back to our regularly scheduled programming soon. I appreciate everyone's patience and we should see some great new frames soon.

At the same time we're seeing good sales in lugged frames with a possible 15th anniversary (!) version this summer. Yes, we've been in business that long and Martin - our lugged guy - has been part of it every step of the way. I think I can see about fifteen more years of this then I'll definitely have to try something else.

In other news, Steve and Peter (Graham, ex-production manager at Mad Fiber carbon wheels) recently spent a week in Austin with Nick Crumpton. Nick, as you may know, builds some of the finest custom carbon frames in the world and he was willing to show us the ropes down to every last little detail. Given Peter's carbon experience and hands-on ability, Steve's sales and marketing bent, and Nick's methods and willingness to help down the road, I think we'll see some pretty spectacular black frames shooting of out the oven soon.

Badgering Andy/Slaying the Badger was a roaring success and thanks to everyone - especially those at Cascade Bicycle Club - who helped with the heavy lifting. Seeing Andy, Bob Roll, and Jeff Pierce on stage together was worth the price right there - the movie and Andy's comments put it all over the top. And it was for a good cause, the Major Taylor Project, so there's that.

More soon - with pictures!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Badgering Andy"

Please join us Saturday, Feb. 28, for a viewing of the 2014 film, Slaying the Badger, with very special guest Andy Hampsten.

Click here for (likely sold-out) tickets.