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When my friends at Kaufmann Mercantile asked me to design a bike for them, I didn’t hesitate for a moment. Even if you know nothing about the New York based online store, just the name in itself inspires respect and intrigue, both of which the company deserves and fulfills. Not only do they curate some of the best-designed and most durable goods from around the world, they also are sustaining a conscientious culture where the history of materials, the ethics of production, and the resilience of design are paramount.
Basically, they’re pretty rad.
All my bikes and my growing family of Brooklyn-made outdoor goods follow my own philosophy of producing long-lasting, simple, beautiful equipment that makes the best and most adventurous life possible. Everything I use, from manufacturing equipment to bike components, is made here when possible, but I’ll make exceptions for exceptional quality that can’t be replicated domestically. That is the case for the Brooks leather handle grips and matching leather seat I chose for the Kaufmann Mercantile City Cruiser.
They say that it takes a cowboy to know the best saddle, and I am apt to agree.
I searched high and low for a bike saddle to perfectly compliment my nimble, sturdy, and classic bicycles, and it is harder than you would think. Ever the patriot, I exhausted a stream of American-made saddle options, but up to this point, I have yet to encounter craftsmanship, durability, and aesthetics that compare to those of the Brooks line. And Kaufmann Mercantile agrees wholeheartedly.
As you can probably tell by these photos, my inspiration in the frame design comes from the classic and lightweight design of the cycles popular in England in the late 1800s and early 1900s- bikes that John Boultbee Brooks would have ridden. Of course, I’m not a complete nostalgist; I use 4130 steel True Temper tubing (this is the stuff they use for bikes racing the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia – no joke) to produce a frame that is extremely strong yet doesn’t weigh you down. I’m sure Brooks himself would’ve loved to see it in action.
It’s an honor to get to collaborate with thoughtful curators like the people at Kaufmann Mercantile, and put into use the ideal accessories and components that bring a bike frame to life and seamlessly integrate it into your lifestyle. I hope that with the City Cruiser you’ll be inspired to ride through your city with a new sense of adventure, lightness, and agility, and you can rest assured you’ll be doing so for many years to come. I’ll be doing the same, here in New York City, on my own velocipede steed, with a Brooks leather saddle too.
Introducing Horse Cycles Paint: Premium wet paint and powder coat for the ride of your life. For 7 years, we’ve painted our work at Horse Cycles alongside frames and components for the wider New York City cycling community from our spray booth in Brooklyn.
Joining the team is esteemed frame painter Ben Falcon. Ben came to us from renown builder Chris King, where he established the paint department for Cielo bicycles after honing his craft for the exquisite purveyors of custom rides at Seven Cycles.
Your imagination is the limit, from a minimal Matte black to a lattice work of intricate multi- color graphics, logos or branding
Horse Cycles paint uses only the highest quality coating producst to give your bike the most durable and fibrent finish. PPG automotive coatings and high end impact resistent polyester powder.
Spread the word, and look out for our flyers in your local bike shop!
Wet paint starts at $300
Powder coat starts at $200
For a detailed price list, visit the new paint page on the main website at www.horsecycles.com/paint
Or feel free to Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Three Way Cross Machine was made with the minimalist in mind. Internal routing means there are no cables to get caught up, caked in mud or snagged. True Temper OX Plat, Columbus Max, and life paired with an ENVE cross fork make it super light, ridiculously responsive and just plain handsome. Thanks to Justin, a long time friend of the shop, for his vision.
A little Afternoon R & D with the 2014 Urban Assault at the Brooklyn Pump track with Parker Feierbach. I managed to get a few Cyclocross races in last season on this bike but riding her at the pump track was so RAD! Thanks to Parker For these sick shots and Thanks to Ride Brooklyn and every one in the Community who made The Brooklyn Bike Park happen.
Pre-Order for the Urban Tour / Urban Assault is only up for the next few weeks. Head over to the Horse Cycles Shop and secure yours! Happy shredding.
2014 Urban Assault is the Urban Tour with an upgraded CARBON ENVE Cyclocross fork. This years model has an upgraded oversized head tube making the front end stiffer and more durable. The Urban Assault is a great upgrade for those who want a lighter more performance based ride. It tears up the streets and is equally as nimble racing CYCLOCROSS. Each Urban Assault is paired with a color matched Enve cross fork with branded horse logos on the inside of the non-drive side fork blade as well as a minimal Enve logo.
FOR MORE details or to place your pre order go to the Horse Cycles Web Store!
Detailed geometry can be found with the product images on our website. We have stayed true to the original design and most of the geometries. Both the seat tube and the head tube have responsive angles. This allows the bike to preform best in all areas. The Nimble set up is perfect for riding though the city or tearing through a Cross course and controlled enough for those 80+ mile rides up through the palisades. Chain stay length has been kept to a minimum while still allowing room for 38mm tires optimizing acceleration and reared responsiveness.
Fork rake is set at 47mm across the board with is perfect for a controlled Cross race and responsive Urban riding. Though not meant for a heavy load, the front end tracks beautifully for lighter touring and on longer rides.
-Durable powder coat finish with lug lined fork crown
-Offered in 5 different colors
-Cantilever brakes for increased stopping power and fender clearance
-Two sets of Water bottle mounts , rack, and fender mounts
-Horizontal dropouts with derailleur hanger for single speed or multi speed set ups
-700c wheels and clearance up to 38mm tires with fenders
-Threadless 1 1/8″ steerer tube
-27.2 seat post clamp diameter
The new Market space opened up at Space 98 on north 6th street. Horse Cycles is lucky enough to have a couple of bikes and a few things from our shop for sale, hats, bags, hatchets, etc. Images below! woop woop! Stop in if your riding by and check out the sweet roof top chill zone!
This has been my favorite build of 2014 and if you haven’t noticed, blue is also my favorite color. Made from Columbus SL tubing including the fork blades, this bike is strong and super light weight. Sachs lugs, rap around seat stay, polished dropouts, and internal cable routing. To top it off we included a custom stem. Chromed with a high coller to eliminate spacers. Blue on blue on shiny. Can’t really go wrong
We decided to use the new Reynolds 931 stainless, a thicker tubing as compared to the 953 tubes. Where 953 is paper-thin, 931 is beefed up by a tenth of a millimetre, which may seem insignificant but makes for a more resilient frame — ideal for the durability needed for this every day mile muncher.
This is a portuer-style track bike with full fenders and front rack capabilities, super rad 7000 series aluminum Phil cranks, hubs and bottom bracket and a Paul ‘Tall and Handsome’ seat post. H+Son rims, King headset. Super nice build, super smooth.”
There’s nothing like a slew of Phil Wood & Co components to emphasise an American-made frame, as they’re one of the oldest manufacturers in the US and, along with Paul Components, have been constantly supplying us with innovative design and machining.
Solid, reliable and homegrown — which is what Horse is all about. Head to Horse Cycles flickr stream for more detail shots
Über (German pronunciation: [ˈyːbɐ] ( listen), sometimes written ueber, uber or uuber, is a German language word meaning “above”, “over” or “across”. It is a cognate of both Latin super and Greek ὑπέρ (hyper).
I’ve been amped about this build for a while. So much so that I’m going to build its stainless brethren any day now. What makes it an Über CX? Well, first its the precision tig welded double oversized tubes. (USA True Temper OX Platinum steel alloy.) Second, it’s made with a 44mm oversized head tube for maximum stiffness and control.
The Über CX will be paired with an ENVE disc fork with a 1.5″ tapered steerer. It has robust custom S-bent seat and chain stays allowing it to fit larger 38mm big boy tires. This pup will be built up with the new SRAM hydraulic Disc brakes. It’s getting sent out to Arizona to be thrashed in the rocky deserts of Flag Staff.
Check out more photos on the Horse Cycles Flickr Page
Here are a few pics of the camo paint that just came out of the booth! Three color Camo with a powder coat base for durability. CX frame made in Manila, the paint really integrated well with the Fillet construction. The ENVE cyclocross fork looks just super sick. This bike is for a good friend of the shop Geoffrey Tomes. Check it!
Super Cross was this weekend after a cancelation last year due to Sandy. Super cross was Super cold and Super fun. It was actually the first time I had been to a cross race and the first time I ever raced a bicycle in my life. SO RAD! I got blasted but had a ball. I was able to see a number of really great friends and great riders including Abigail Isolda and Nate Mumford on their Custom CX Horse bikes as well as Cooper and Willis from the ROSKO / King Cog team. I took the New Urban Assault Vehicle on the corse for testing and it rode like a dream. Check out pics from both days below!
We wanted to let everyone know we have launched our new online store front Horse Brand Co. where you can find a bunch of quality gear for the holiday season. In collaboration with local designers such as MER Bags and Surname, we have developed a rad collection of amazing goods. Help us support local design and production by investing in quality gear made close to home. Check it out at www.horsebrandco.com
Urban Tour Bicycle, On Sale -Limited Quantity Available
All the best.
We just finished a 1983 Lotus Supreme restoration. Full color match and full Dura-Ace. Campy headset complete with Continental Giro tubulars. There is something special about bringing these old frames back to life. Thanks to Adam Greissman for putting in the effort to get this beautiful bike restored.
One of the more extensive builds coming out of the shop this month, this bike has it all. Nickel Plated masked and painted with three color branding.
It incorporates a super rad completely self sufficient lighting system coming from the power house SON 28 Schmidt Dynamo front hub that powers E3 supernova front and rear lights. This bike is completely off the grid! The internal routing though the fork and frame free the rider up from potential snags and gives the bike a cleaner look. Custom front and rear racks highlighting the cantilever gourds integrated into the design as well as a custom rear tail light mount that lives quietly under the non-drive side dropout. It runs a complete SRAM force 22 (11 speed) group with a Wifly rear derailuer and cassette for steep climbs. This Bike was commissioned by Ben Stark for a cross country ride coming up in the spring. I’ll be doing part of the journey with him and look forward to a bit of open road. Keep your eye out for more photo’s from the trip.
MORE IMAGES OF THE BUILD CAN BE SEEN ON OUR FLICKR PAGE Photography by Nate Mumford. www.natemumford.com
This 1935 BSA golden deluxe 3 speed bicycle rolled through my shop the other day. It kind of blew my mind. Every part on this bike was made with care and thought and really shows the high quality craftsmanship that was prevalent in the early 1900′s.
The Gaslights on the front and rear are from the the early 1800′s and sport a sweet little suspension system. Bernard, who owns the bike and is in love with the old details light up the lantern and let me take her for a spin. “The glass lens is super bright and provides a focused beam for night riding.” The bike rides smooth and true. The fork is raked way out so turns are subtle as you ease into a bank. The handlebars and stem are called Lautawasser Bars which were made by an old bike builder name Jack Lautawasser And the shifter is an early Sturmey Archer quadrant shifter.
BSA (Birmingham Small Arms Company) was a major industrial combine, a group of businesses manufacturing military and sporting firearms; bicycles; motorcycles; cars; buses and bodies; steel; iron castings; hand powered and machine tools. At its peak, BSA was the largest motorcycle producer in the world and the gun factory proved remarkably adaptable to the manufacture of cycle parts.
A little part of history…. on wheels
OPEN HOUSE SAT APRIL 13TH 11AM-3PM
Come visit the HORSE CYCLES WORKSHOP Saturday April 13th from 11am-3pm! 321 Rutledge st. in Williamsburg. MAP. We will be showing the Urban Tour bicycles as well as our collaboration projects. Take this chance to meet the makers and give a horse a test ride. Welding demo, free Tandem Coffee Rosters drip coffee and a Charlie Cat Petting zoo! Ride over and say hello, have a cup of coffee on the house and get a look at the Urban Tour! Tell your friends and tell your pets! See ya then!
WELDING DEMO and short talk about steel bicycle manufacturing.
Come try some FREE DRIP COFFEE from Tandem Coffee Roasters.
Horse Cycles is getting ready for spring and giving away an amazing PHILWOOD WHEELSET to help you down the road. Follow us on instagram, twitter or sign up for our mailing list. Spread the word to your friends and give them a crack at this groovy giveaway. 32 hole, high flange sealed bearing single speed polished PHILWOOD HUBS laced to MAVIC open pro rims. Rear spacing 130mm front 100mm. Retail on the wheelset is $745.00
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The Story: I met Kath and her husband at the New Amsterdam Bike Show. They were interested in a high quality bike and really wanted to get something locally made. A few months later the bicycle was complete. I love all the bikes I make here at the work shop but some are special. This bike was the culmination of a rewarding collaborative experience.
The Bike: This bike is the ultimate townie. We chose to outfit her 650B wheels to accommodate the smaller rider and tighter geometry. It has internal brake cable routing, hooked up to a powerful PAUL V-brake. The Shifter cable is also internally routed through the down tube and links to a internally geared 8-speed hub. A bar end shifter was installed for ease of use and a stream-lined aesthetic. We polished the whole frame and had it chromed, finishing everything off with a brilliant yellow paint job and a all American component group. Though this bike is not my size, I still took it for a test ride, as I do all the bikes that roll out of the shop. It rolled so effortlessly down the street and was such a pleasantly comfortable ride that I almost wanted to keep it for my-self. This lovely bike had a great deal to do with the decision to include a ladies step-through in our new production line of bikes called the Urban-Tour. Hopefully continuing the legacy of this little roadster. Please see more photos on our flickr page.
We have moved to a house right by the water in Port Melbourne. There is bike track that runs along the water. Life is good here! As you can see I have finally unpacked my bike and taken it for a spin. It’s such a comfortable ride you did an amazing job -thanks!!”
POLO: This frame and fork are for Chris Roberts. I play with him in the NYC POLO club. He’s a big boy and has been Nationally competitive in the top of the ranks for the past three years now.
The frame is double butted OX plat true temper with a Columbus integrated head tube and Columbus Max fork.
The Triple triangle will help add to the a stiff rear end and overall bad ass look of this unique frame. Room for 35mm tires, aggressive angles, a short wheel base and a sick matte finnish makes this frame a killer on the court.
This is a light weight touring / randonneuring frame that rocks my world. I ride when I need to carry a load and do it fast. Its a great bike for light weight touring and set up for a sturdy load up front. The racks are Brushed nickle plated 4130 and incorporate canit brake guards to protect the panniers from interfering with rear braking. The Rear rack incorporates a machined tail LED tail light made in house. The front Rack carries a Schmidt E6 front lamp that is bright enough to light up the darkest nights. The lamp is powered by the front dynamo hub that generates all the electricity needed. An aluminum top cap was machined to hold a small compass just in case you lose your way. Hand carved Stainless steel lugs and fork crown together with a three color paint job sets this bike apart from any other in my stable. I true pleasure to look at and to ride
The bike is made with true temper tubing for the front triangle and a Reynolds 953 rear triangle. Shimano Ultegra groupo with 105 triple crank set. Mavic open pro sport rims and a bit of brooks for the saddle and handle bar rap.
See more detailed shots at our Flickr page.
Photography by: Nate Mumford
GOLDEN: Priest Sport 2013
The conception of this design spawns from a desire for speed acceleration. When you get on this bike it wants to go fast. The two greatest things I noticed when I took it for a drive was how fast it accelerates and how it maintains its speed once your up there. The Frame is super responsive and feels like an extension of your body as though a thousand nerve endings are making there way from you through the bike and to the road.
Because it is so stiff, little mechanical energy is lost though the power transfer when accelerating or from front end absorption. This is due to a few key factors
One: The UBER over sized head tube and the 1.5″ tapered ENVE carbon steerer.
Two: Super stiff Columbus Life Chain stays and the arrow wing like Life Down tube.
Three: Oversized BB30 for maximum transfer and minimal flex
The Custom S-Bend seat stays keep all this in check when back in the saddle providing the flex for longer distance rides.
Other features include the slight sloping top tube, closing the main triangle and stiffening up the front end, TIG welded construction, Lamborghini Gallardo Oro Elios Metalic gold paint and a whole lotta love.
This bike was custom made for Kris Hicks who will be thrashing Manhattan, six foot five and happy as pie.
Thomas Callahan started Horse Cycles—a custom-made bike shop—because he was obsessed. Callahan tells us, “When I started making the bikes, I just had no control over it. I was so excited. I couldn’t sleep at night.” Callahan, who has a background in fine arts, started handcrafting bikes at a time when his career as an artist was leaving him unfulfilled. “I needed something where I could make a connection with other people. It’s like playing music by yourself or playing with a group of people, it’s all just multiplied when you have positive relationships and are interacting with the whole community.”
Riding down Bedford Avenue back to my workshop on Thursday morning I was met by a strange sight. Rows and rows of cars, parked in the middle of the street. On every corner, Police directing traffic past the linear caterpillar of yellow taxicabs and minivans. Continuing on, I realize that the cars are in line waiting for gas. Days later, Hurricane Sandy continues to leave her mark.
The bike lane is flowing though, and as we pull up at the traffic light, we look at one another as if to say. This is kind of nuts
A few days later, crossing the Williamsburg Bridge to Manhattan. It’s cold. NPR promised lows in the 30′s. 7:30 pm and there were more people on the bridge coming home from the city than I have ever seen on the nicest summer day. It was crammed full of people on bikes. The gas shortage was in effect, the subway system still under water. All a result of a terrible storm that displaced families and destroyed homes. But I can’t help but feel happy for everyone on the bridge. Out of all the discomfort and inconvenience experienced, we are still free to ride.
I love this city and I love riding my bike through its streets and nothing makes me happier then when others make that discovery.
To all those who were affected by the storm our hearts are with you. Cyclists.
Volunteer efforts continue. For information on how to help: http://www.redcross.org/hurricane-sandy
Since 1971, Phil Wood has been servicing the bike community. We’ve been huge fans of Phil Wood and I’ve used their hubs on a few of my builds in the past. Only the best and they’re made in America. And now……check it. Soon to be release Phil Cranks. Super Chrome.
HENRY JAMES LUGS :
I love these lugs. I know they’re not all scrolly and fancy but its there simplicity that speaks wonders. Sleek lines and casting perfection, these pups are home grown. A little more pricy than something from abroad but well worth it. Stiffer, lighter, and more easy to work with. One of my most favorite things about Henry James lugs is the variety of angles offered. These lugs are going on a pursuit style frame with a sloping top tube and 650c front wheel. These are the only lugs I could use. Made in the USA
New Custom Road dropouts, designed in house laser cut by robots. These new road drops are made to be light and strong. Made out of 17-4 Stainless they can be polished, plates can be added for added durability or just pained over knowing full well you have a rust proof hi- qual stainless gripping your wheel. A few pic below
I Just finished a build with Tobias Shapiro. He decided he wanted to go with high quality American made components. I LOVE IT. Phil, Paul, White…. All great stuff. Though Tobias is a native New Yorker, he now lives in the Midwest and rides actual horses out there. His love for animals and his desire for a classical performance bike led him to our workshop in Brooklyn.
A New bike builder on the streets these days, Ben Peck stopped by the shop to hang, chat and drink some beers. He rolled up on one of his new rides, a townie twin top-tube porteur. I’ve gotta say I liked it very much. Ben worked up with Mike Flanagan at the ANT workshop and has been honing his skills back in Brooklyn for a while now. I’ve known Ben for some years now and he is a gem of a person, always willing to lend a hand and kool as a cucumber. He works out of Bike Works in Manhattan and is a top notch mechanic. Check out some photos of the build below and look out for him in the future.
Street Perp…..! This is a new track frame that hit the streets a few weeks ago. Sometimes things just work out right and the collaboration between rider and builder exceeds expectations, certainly mine. This frame is for a young woman Natalie who wanted something to rip around town on. The color came out great and I’m pleased as pie.
Dedda COM 12.0 standard sized tubing, Richard Sachs crown, stainless steel front and rear dropouts, hand carved lugs and a whole lotta love
Horse Cycles is supplying ACE Hotel New York with a fleet of bicycles available for guests to either loan or purchase. The steel bikes are made for ripping it up around the streets of New York City. Horse Cycle’s Thomas Callahan designed the fleet for ACE. They are available now either at the hotel or online.
This frame turned out great because of Sam’s vision. Sam wanted something that would look and ride like a classic 80′s steel road frame. Tight road geometry, standard sized tubing and Columbus SL was on the menu. He asked for a Yves Klein blue. We decided to go with a candy color giving the paint depth and a unique commonly reserved for high end vintage cars and trucks or the odd motorcycle. Simple white on blue did the trick. This is one of those instances when builder and customer come together to make something elegant, unexpected and truly unique, a modern take on the traditional Italian road bike. Fotto a mano Brooklyn, NY
NYC POLO IS THE JAM! That’s good…. After playing a few times I decided to make a polo vehicle to take some punishment. Working with Doug D and Polo Paul I designed and built up a new set up….. Its so sweet!
Some specs for nerds: True temper tubing including “S” bend seat tube. Disc brakes, Slider dropouts from Paragon Machine works, custom twin plate fork machined in house out of 4130, Same with fork dropouts, tight geometry, drilled out back plate and stiff triple triangle!
I love this game. I wanted to post some pics of the new frame and call all those who are interested and otherwise intimidated to show up to come down and play. My experience in the NYC club has been super positive. Every player has been welcoming and helped push me to improve my game. The players are tops and we always need new talent. Polo pick up games happen Sunday and Thursday in the city on Chrystie and boom. Come by, there is always an extra mallet to use. Thanks to NYC Polo, Doug D and Coach Paul for all the help with this ride.
Jack has been working with Horse Cycles for the past 6 months or so. He came on board to learn the process of frame building and lend his skills to the shop. Throughout his time he has helped in the large effort of moving the shop, worked on repairs, assembled build kits and most recently just finished welding up a bar steam combo for his track bike.
Jack recently showed more of a comittment to frame building as he flew out to Oregon to take a frame building class at UBI. He should be back in the next few days and we’re all excited to see what he comes back with. Jack will continue to help out at the shop, honing his skills as a frame builder and working on colaberitive projects with Horse in the future.
Look out for him on the bridges of Manhattan, streets of Brooklyn, and hopefully on the polo courts in china town. A super strong rider with an even stronger passion for the craft, Jack continues to contribute to the Horse Cycles Workshop and to the bike community as a whole.
New Shop Dog! Charlie with an ie! Thanks to Laurie Hawkinson and the girls we have a new mascot and protector of the universe!
Here’s a touring frame that just left the shop and sad to see it go. The colors remind me of something you’d see from the 80′s coming out of Japan.
Stainless front and rear dropouts and fork crown…having a seat on the mill. Great Southern light comes through the store front we built and makes for super beauty shots
New shop zone! 321 Rutledge street. The build out should take some weeks but thanks to devoted friends of the shop it should hurry along. The new neighborhood is close to the old shop but feels a little more homey. Large enough for events and summer BBQ’s, the shop is everything horse cycles could ask for and more…. We’ll be work’n away transforming the new space in to a super work zone. If your still on your bike pop by…
…Owen and Hill checking out the new zone….