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Old 07-11-21, 11:29 AM
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happy 7-11 day!!

Jef Mallett's comic "Frazz" celebrated the 7-11 racing team today, and showed the image of Andy Hampsten crossing the Gavia in the snow.
Here's the comic:





to celebrate 7-11 day (i.e. July 11th), let me share some magazine articles about Andy Hampsten that I've saved over the years....

I should check to see what articles I've got on the 7-11 team itself.....


Road Bike Action 1994

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Bicycling magazine, 2008
title: The Day Strong Men Cried


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due to a limit on the number of images in a post, I need to continue this in another post....

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Old 07-11-21, 11:34 AM
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and the last article...


Bicycle Guide, 1997 - Andy Hampsten Retires
by Alex Stieda
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the only other 7-Eleven stuff that I have is/are some photos from the 1982 Iron Horse Classic race in Durango, Colorado...







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Enjoying a post ride coffee while reviewing my training program circa 1987...

(Took the pic Friday in anticipation of today)

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Andy Hampsten is a mensch.

And I can't be the only one who reads "Unfortunately, I didn't have the form to make [Banesto's] Tour squad that year" as "I refused to take EPO, so they wouldn't let me ride."

Absolute legend, and just an all-around great dude.

Happy 7/11, y'all!

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Bob Roll

good to see mention of Bob! I love hearing him contribute to TdF coverage with Phil.

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I believe that Hampsten's Giro victory was also Shimano's first Grand Tour victory, though Zimmermann had taken the general classification in the lesser Tour de Suisse in 1984 using a prototype of New Dura-Ace SIS.

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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
and the last article...


Bicycle Guide, 1997 - Andy Hampsten Retires
by Alex Stieda
p37
Wait, hes riding with mismatched QR skewers! Must be a poseur of some sort!
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I was saving this Paceline article from Bicycling magazine (Jul 1989) for another day, but it seems to fit well here with 7-11 and Hampsten.
Early race testing of Shimano Dual Control prototype?
If so, it seems Shimano changed the prototype mechanism from a "small button atop the (brake) lever" to the well-known inner lever for mass production.
Or did the reporter get this wrong?

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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Wait, he’s riding with mismatched QR skewers! Must be a poseur of some sort!
...or he's a clever guy who thinks out of the box, like LeMond and the aero bars, or that Armstrong kid who used a downtube lever for the front shifter in order to save weight??
(apologies for seeming to take your comment seriously, but it is a detail that I had noticed too)

It certainly doesn't match this bike that Eddy is holding, but I doubt that the riders couldn't make a few changes.
Those Shimano skewers were pretty nice stuff, but if reduction of weight was the priority, I suppose a titanium open-cam skewer might drop a bit of weight. I use a Hi-E skewer on my modest weight weenie bike, so I think an open-cam skewer would be up to the task.



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Originally Posted by SpeedofLite View Post
I was saving this Paceline article from Bicycling magazine (Jul 1989) for another day, but it seems to fit well here with 7-11 and Hampsten.
Early race testing of Shimano Dual Control prototype?
If so, it seems Shimano changed the prototype mechanism from a "small button atop the (brake) lever" to the well-known inner lever for mass production.
Or did the reporter get this wrong?

I find it interesting that the right shifter (for the rear der.) has the cable exiting out of the back of the lever body and tucked under the bar tape instead of the way that the left brifter is rigged up (which is how the first Shimano integrated shifters were configured). I wonder why the same mechanism wasn't used for both levers?

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I lived by a 7-11, back in the day, and never graced it's presence until the 7-11 bicycle team came to be. They're also known for their SuperHero Slurpee cups, but I think those were more a seventies thing. I think for me, team love would go 1) Radio Shack, 2) 7-11, & 3) US Postal, but I'm biased. I worked at Radio Shack during high school and college, and one rider pretty much ruined the US Postal team connection for me. Andy Hampsten though, yeah, he's awesome, a great ambassador for bicycling, especially USA cycling.

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almost forgot about this back cover from a 1985 issue of Bicycling!
Odd that the bike is branded Murray. I recall some Olympic bikes being branded Huffy, but don't recall Murray.



Other trivia... I went to college at Iowa State University around this time, and frequented Michael's Cyclery. This shop was run by Mike Fatka, who also ran the Skunk River Cyclists racing team. This team included Andy Hampsten at the time, and there was a little "shrine" in the back of the shop dedicated to Andy's various victories. A very cool shop, and I've accumulated a few of the SRC and Levi's/Raleigh team jerseys of the era.
Jeff Bradley, also a member of the 7-Eleven team, was racing for Fatka's SRC team at the time too. He currently has a bike shop about 90 miles from me.








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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
...or he's a clever guy who thinks out of the box, like LeMond and the aero bars, or that Armstrong kid who used a downtube lever for the front shifter in order to save weight??
(apologies for seeming to take your comment seriously, but it is a detail that I had noticed too)

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Oh, no apologies necessary. Just spoofing the C&V fashionistas who are keen to jump on resto pics when such details are present. Im function over form for anything I actually intend to ride.
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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
almost forgot about this back cover from a 1985 issue of Bicycling!
Odd that the bike is branded Murray. I recall some Olympic bikes being branded Huffy, but don't recall Murray.

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Wikipedia notes that Murray was the bike sponsor for 1985 and '86 (team bicycles built by Ben Serotta, badged "Murray").
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Wikipedia notes that Murray was the bike sponsor for 1985 and '86 (team bicycles built by Ben Serotta, badged "Murray").
forgot about that!
Poor Ben.. having to put the Murray decals on his frames!

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"We're cavemen - we're bad to the bone." - Bob Roll on the 7-11 squad, start of the 1986 Tour

"Hampsten will never win a grand tour." - Greg LeMond, 1987
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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
I find it interesting that the right shifter (for the rear der.) has the cable exiting out of the back of the lever body and tucked under the bar tape instead of the way that the left brifter is rigged up (which is how the first Shimano integrated shifters were configured). I wonder why the same mechanism wasn't used for both levers?

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I'm embarrassed to have not even noticed the cable routing not coming from the side of the right control.
But to your point, I don't see the cable exiting the tape on the right side and dropping to the down tube cable stop either.
Huh, what's going on there?
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Originally Posted by SpeedofLite View Post
I'm embarrassed to have not even noticed the cable routing not coming from the side of the right control.
But to your point, I don't see the cable exiting the tape on the right side and dropping to the down tube cable stop either.
Huh, what's going on there?
good point!
The cable that I was looking at goes to the top tube, so it's the rear brake cable. I don't see any sign of a rear derailleur cable.
Maybe they were working the bugs out of it and had to throw a down tube shift lever on the bike for the rear derailleur?

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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Wait, hes riding with mismatched QR skewers! Must be a poseur of some sort!
Nitpicker that I am, that detail didn't escape my attention, either. However, I've come to the conclusion it's a Mavic QR lever and believe he must have had a flat at some point in the stage necessitating a visit from the Mavic Neutral Service angels.

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I lived by a 7-eleven, back in the day...
Actually worked at one ... for two days. Well, maybe one day, because the first day was all training at the office. On the third day I called in. Said it wasn't for me, which it wasn't.

Much respect for those that can pull that off at a busy location.
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Wikipedia notes that Murray was the bike sponsor for 1985 and '86 (team bicycles built by Ben Serotta, badged "Murray").
I never understood that - I can't believe anyone ever saw a Murray bike in a race and then ran to K-mart to buy one. What did Murray get out of that sponsorship?

Also, shameless self-promotion, but you'll like it and I put a lot of work into it a long time ago: History of Team 7-Eleven Bikes

I also worked for a 7-Eleven one summer between semesters... graveyard shift, quite an experience.
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Also, shameless self-promotion, but you'll like it and I put a lot of work into it a long time ago: History of Team 7-Eleven Bikes
neat! I don't think I've seen your blog before!
I think you are missing the last page of the Bicycle Guide article, though. Here's my copy.....
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...9b3fd4_k_d.jpg

Regarding the various bikes that the team was riding... I have noticed that my shots from 1982 show that they were riding Rossins, except for one guy in a red/black helmet/hairnet. The bike has some sort of white paint scheme.


















edit: oops... left out a shot from the road stage of the race..



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Regarding the various bikes that the team was riding... I have noticed that my shots from 1982 show that they were riding Rossins, except for one guy in a red/black helmet/hairnet. The bike has some sort of white paint scheme.

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In the early years, Team 7-Eleven would sometimes contract with local P-1-2s for the smaller events that they didn't want to send the whole team to. Those guys got the kit, but not the bikes.
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