Dura-Ace History

Dura-Ace is the admiral ship of Shimano, the Japanese (now multinational) manufacturer of cycling components (and some other things like fishing tackle and rowing equipment). Here is a brief history of Dura-ace.

“Maglia Rosa” by Hampsten Cycles

In the late January 2014, Hampsten cycles launched two new road bike models under the same name: “Maglia Rosa”. Andy Hampsten, the first and only American to win the Giro d’Italia (in 1988, including the title of “Gran Premio della Montagna“, the Giro equivalent of Tour de France’s “King of the Mountains”), is a fan […]

7-Eleven’s Eddy Merckx bikes

In the late 1980s, an American team has started to shine in the European cycling scene: the 7-Eleven Cycling Team. The 7-Eleven team founded by Jim Ochowicz, a former U.S. Olympic cyclist, in 1981. A few high-profile cyclists including Ron Kiefel, Sean Yates (former directeur sportif of Team Sky), Andrew Hampsten (1988 Giro d’Italia winner, […]

The greatest show on earth

The Tour de France is a ‘bigger’ race than the Giro. It has more media, more commotion, more people making demands on the cyclist’s waning energy. What it doesn’t have is the tifosi (see notes 1) of the greatest show on earth. I discovered my passion for cycling at a very late age. I always […]

Hampsten Cycles

Hampsten Cycles, LLC, founded in 1999 by the legendary American cyclist Andy Hampsten and Steve Hampsten, and building all frames in-house in Seattle, WA. They offer a unique line of custom road frames and whole bikes.