My name is Alden Olmsted and I was just a small town kid with big dreams when I dropped out of college to build a Bicycle Company called Homestead Bicycles. I designed a pro racing frame called the 'Basilisk,' had Cyclecraft weld them, had a young rider named Brian Foster paint them metallic green, and I was on my way.
I sponsored an expert BMX racer in Northern California, made tons of stickers and t-shirts, and drove thousands of miles around the western U.S. trying to grow my company and brand. in 1994 I met Ken Kingsley who owned a bike shop in the Santa Cruz area and wanted his whole shop team to ride a Homestead!
The problem? When I called Cyclecraft to receive the rest of my bike order I got no answer. The owner folded the company and I was left with what might have been.
Fast forward 23 years and too many odd jobs to count and a Homestead resurfaced on a website called BMX Museum. Then the rider I sponsored found me online, then another kid who rode a Homestead and was now himself a successful welder called me, and then someone asked the question:
What happened to the 30 Bikes? Who bought them and how did they find out about such a tiny company? Where are they now and are people still riding them? Do they wish I'd have made more?
SHOULD I make more?
Follow the journey and let's see where it leads. I'm ready to ride.