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Horse Cycles Custom Bikes

by Alex Redgrave June 27, 2014
ReadHorse Cycles Custom Bikes Armed with a background in fine arts sculpture, Thomas Callahan became interested in the
Horse Cycles

Thomas Callahan holds up one of his custom-built bikes. (Image by Matt Kashtan)

Armed with a background in fine arts sculpture, Thomas Callahan became interested in the engineering of bikes – their functional design and forward utility – after living in and riding around Portland, Oregon. (A good place to develop a bike obsession.) He decided to make his own, then started building bikes for people who also wanted a sturdy, utilitarian ride with minimal, elegant design. Seven years on, Thomas is the man behind Horse Cycles, producing custom bikes out of his Brooklyn workshop that range from “off the table” stock frames to from-scratch custom rides.

We stopped by the workshop for a visit, then took his Cruiser for a spin around the neighborhood. (But really, you can feel the craftsmanship when just zipping down the hallway – as the team did, one-by-one, on a recent afternoon at the KM office…)

Horse Cycles soldering

Thomas silver soldering the fork crown with oxy/acetylene and silver. (Image by Matt Kashtan)

Thomas silver soldering the fork crown with oxy/acetylene and silver.

Horse Cycles cutting tools

Cutting tools used to miter the steel tubes of the bicycles. (Image by Matt Kashtan)

Cutting tools on the table used to miter the steel tubes of the bicycles.

Horse Cycles workshop

Thomas checks alignment with the wheel while Cole TIG welds on a frame. (Image by Matt Kashtan)

Checking alignment with the wheel and TIG welding on a frame.

Horse Cycles forks

Forks in various stages of completion, raw and painted. (Image by Matt Kashtan)

Forks in various stages of completion, raw and painted.

Thomas Callahan of Horse Cycles

Thomas in the front of his shop. (U.S.A. all the way.) (Image by Matt Kashtan)

The boss, standing at the front of his shop in Brooklyn. (U.S.A.-made all the way.)

“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”

All photos Matt Kashtan

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