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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Quote Originally Posted by benkiel View Post
    It's a Dimension stem, a QBP brand I think. A little elbow grease and the logo is gone. Perhaps not the lightest option, but it's not a terrible looking stem. Wish one could get a Thompson stem with a 26 clamp.

    Bike rides just like a bike should ride. Can ride it no-hands without a wobble, it stands up and goes, and is solid. Couldn't ask for anything more, and it's a huge leap of a bike from a late 90's Cioc that's been my road bike for ten years now.
    how do you get that umlaut in your text?

    (damn font designers...)
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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Quote Originally Posted by hampco View Post
    how do you get that umlaut in your text?

    (damn font designers...)
    If you're on a Mac hold down option and type u, then type o: (acute is option-e then the letter you want an acute for). If on a PC, I don't know. Or you can get a font that just puts umlauts in random places with the Dirkshneider Umlaut Randomizer
     

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    gtcha

    hmmm...
    Last edited by hampco; 04-04-2011 at 08:47 PM.
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    Default A retired Mudpig, reborn as an ultimate town bike/flatbar cross bike...

    I have been working to build this bike up since January of 2010, and I finally finished it last night.

    It is a fully geared flat bar town bike which can be taken on some non technical trails.

    The frameset was originally ordered from Hampsten Cycles back in 2007 and raced pretty hard for the next two years. It made it through two season of cross racing with only minor damage to the paint, and still looks brilliant today.

    It was designed by Steve, built by Co-Motion cycles, and I think the geometry is very similar to that of the Moots cross frames. It handled quite predictably and when built up with tubular wheels, weighed in around 17.5 pounds. As it was a racing bike it doesn't have any bottle mounts and can only comfortably take a 35mm tire. I never saw another Mudpig while racing cross here in New England. Two years ago I tweaked my back pretty badly during cross season, lost my fire for it, and I haven't raced since. The Mudpig had been stripped down and stored and forgotten about for a long time, until now...

    I am not sure what tubing it is built from, but I assume Reynolds 853? The fork is a custom painted Alpha CX20. I found some old used Sram Rival bits and mated it to a SRAM 10 spd flat bar specific road shifter. The shifting is incredibly smooth, and has a soft touch, like Shimano. The 35mm wide touring tires are very comfortable and has maybe convinced me to ride some wider tires on my road bikes.

    Needless to say, Steve was wonderful to work with, and my next dream bike is the Hampsten Crema.
    Yash Katsumi

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    Hampsten content: Yashkatsumi - looks awesome. I really like the set-up

    Non-Hampsten content: What did you shoot that with? Lensbaby or something else?
     

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    Thank you, I am loving this bike.

    I think after a couple of serious rides, I will put more actual miles on this bike than in two seasons of cross. I rode all around the city of Belfast for about 4 hours, stopping here and there, and just exploring the different neighborhoods. I tried out the bike with 23mm tires, but it was just too harsh for riding on sidewalks and broken pavement.

    It is definitely a double glass Lensbaby Muse. It is a really hard system to work with, but at times the results are pretty amazing, even for a guy who has no prior experience in photography. I get pretty tired after using it though because it really strains your eyes.

    These are examples of pictures I took with the lensbaby at the start of Paris Roubaix this year. For every picture that came out in focus, there are about 20 that just totally suck.

    This is Boonen squeezing the tire of eventual winner Van Summeren. EVERYONE was squeezing each others tires, it was comical.


    Boonen Again


    I believe this is Chavanel


    Quote Originally Posted by cody.wms View Post
    Hampsten content: Yashkatsumi - looks awesome. I really like the set-up

    Non-Hampsten content: What did you shoot that with? Lensbaby or something else?
    Yash Katsumi

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    At this point all my bikes have fenders. 19 lbs as shown isn't too bad.

    DSC_0104 by mschol30, on Flickr


    DSC_0099 by mschol30, on Flickr


    DSC_0101 by mschol30, on Flickr


    DSC_0100 by mschol30, on Flickr
     

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    That has to be the best looking fendered bike I've ever seen
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by yashkatsumi View Post

    It is definitely a double glass Lensbaby Muse. It is a really hard system to work with, but at times the results are pretty amazing, even for a guy who has no prior experience in photography. I get pretty tired after using it though because it really strains your eyes.
    Very cool. Love the photos.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by mschol17 View Post
    At this point all my bikes have fenders. 19 lbs as shown isn't too bad.
    You've got quite the pair of Tournesols now. I think we need to have a DC region HampCo ride later this summer.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by cody.wms View Post
    I think we need to have a DC region HampCo ride later this summer.
    my appearance fees are surprisingly affordable
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    Quote Originally Posted by cody.wms View Post
    You've got quite the pair of Tournesols now.
    No kidding, I'm on pace to cover the Tournesol material spectrum. Justinf, you better lock up your carbon one...
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by hampco View Post
    my appearance fees are surprisingly affordable
    Hey, my couch folds out into a bed. As long as you don't mind waking up with a couple of dogs in your face.
     

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Quote Originally Posted by mschol17 View Post
    At this point all my bikes have fenders. 19 lbs as shown isn't too bad.
    Wow! Really, really nice. Both of your tournesols are quite enviable.

    Any particular reason you went Tournesol over Hampsten? I'm always curious.

    In any case. great bike. I've been loving the paves as of late.
     

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    I've been working on this for for the better part of a year as time permits. Rack still needs to be plated and a few other details here and there. It is mine so there may be a few details that Steve would be hesitant to offer. But you never know.


    Martin
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin T View Post
    I've been working on this for for the better part of a year as time permits. Rack still needs to be plated and a few other details here and there. It is mine so there may be a few details that Steve would be hesitant to offer. But you never know.


    Martin
    Still have you disc-brake commuter? What was the verdict on that one?
     

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    That is stunning, Martin!

    Not sure why the link won't work, but here it is as a url:

    DSC_0532 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
     

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Hmm, the link works for me; thanks for the new link though. I'm hesitant to post actual pictures as the last time I did they came through huge and I couldn't figure out how to resize them.
    The blue disc bike now hangs out in the attic awaiting the arrival of better disc brakes. The BB7s made me insane.
     

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Let's try it using the BBCode (click on the arrow to the right of the Twitter icon, above the picture):

    DSC_0532 by Cycles Tournesol, on Flickr

    I've heard that about the BB7s. A bummer.
     

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Excellent, thanks I understand now.
     

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