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    Dan, thanks for the tip on the bike - this came along at just the right time.

    How the project got started… well, it was a while ago and I may miss a few details but I think I recall Douglas Brooks and I talking about Dario and someone said how great it would be if he did a commemorative paint scheme or frame around the 1988 Giro d’Italia. I believe DB pitched it to Dario, and I had some emails back and forth with him, then we all met at Interbike and discussed - eventually the frame and fork you see here arrived via Gita, the importer. It turns out that Dario’s first shop was in Caldonazzo, near Levico Therme where a TT stage started in that year’s race, and Dario was in the crowd for Andy’s TT win that day.

    Dario and I had reached an agreement where he would build these and I would sell them and that made sense, right? And the frame was beautiful, rode perfectly, and before long Dario had cancer and Gita, the importer, said they had no interest in me having a private deal sorted out with Dario - so that was that, apparently.

    The graphics are a great mix honoring the Giro, Team 7-Eleven, and Andy himself - including Hampsten Cycles, without being over the top in any sense. Dario even copied a misspelling from the official Giro publication which ended up on the top tube. The paint is white with a pink pearlcoat - an appropriate shade - along with gray, black, pink and il tricolore.

    Beneath the paint, I think, is just as genius as the paint scheme itself. Dario essentially took the rear of a Duende - seatstays, chainstays, dropouts, seat tube - and married it to a welded Luigino front using a somewhat generic fork crown. It becomes, I think, Dario’s version of what Andy could have been on that day: slightly oversized main triangle, welded-not-lugged, perfect stage race geometry using Dario’s current size chart. But nothing huge or overly stiff - just a great bike to get one home or to the finish line in any sort of weather.

    I’m not sure why I sold it in the first place and I’m excited to get it back - and I think we’ll see this one frame continue to influence some of my projects moving ahead. Stay tuned!
    Steve Hampsten
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    That's spectacular Steve. Thanks for filling in the details. Glad to see it full circled.

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    What an excellent story Steve. It's a beautiful bike, and wonderful to see it coming back home!

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    Good news story. Beautiful bike, glad it's where it belongs, Steve!

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    Wow. What a terrific and special bike. So cool. I hate to think of why would anyone sell that, but glad it is going home.

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    Meet the New Boss:

    IMG_1686.jpeg
    Steve Hampsten
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    Quote Originally Posted by hampco View Post
    Meet the New Boss:

    IMG_1686.jpeg
    Same as the old boss...lovely.

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    Man, I shoulda hit BIN—what was I thinking?!? Get the family out on a ride so we can wear our matching jerseys:



    Congrats, Steve. That was a good move. The Eagle has landed.

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    The brown saddle is proof that it's come home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hampco View Post
    - and I think we’ll see this one frame continue to influence some of my projects moving ahead. Stay tuned!
    Yuo've got my meaurements....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Costello View Post
    Yuo've got my meaurements....
    And I'm sure you need another bike...
    Steve Hampsten
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    Quote Originally Posted by hampco View Post
    Meet the New Boss:

    IMG_1686.jpeg
    What I like about that bike, visually, is the combo of extended headtube with the very sawed-off seat tube. Gives the seatpost as much extension you can get on a level TT bike and gets some rise in front without using tons of spacers. Looks very balanced to me and is what I would be shooting for in a present-day Peg.

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