Gallus Cycles

Gallus Cycles City Bike

This years Texas Custom Bike Show was held recently in Austin. The show featured a refreshing predominance of modern klunkers and campers, including a gorgeous mountain bike by Gallus Cycles, inspired by the forebears of the sport. Jeremy Shlachter is the man behind Gallus Cycles, based in Fort Worth, and this city bike is another of his creations.

Gallus Cycles City Bike

Jeremy’s background is just as refreshing as the frames he builds. Bikes did not play as significant a role in his life as skateboarding and soccer, but instead became enamored by them while working as a bike messenger in Glasgow, while he was studying architecture. It was also during this stage that he discovered he wasn’t enamored by a computer-centric lifestyle, but found more satisfaction crafting things by hand. The combination of his passion for design, cycling and the integrity of handicraft resulted in Gallus Cycles.

Gallus Cycles City Bike

I asked Jeremy for a brief background to the city bike and he was happy to elaborate: “So, a little about the bike then. As with all of my custom bikes, the bike is a reflection of the cyclist who will ride it. Occasionally I am given a carte blanche to build what I want, but for the most part it’s typically a very detailed collaboration between myself and the future owner. This bike was no exception. It was made for a local guy here in Fort Worth named Curtis Heath. He is a high school history teacher, songwriter and musician in the band Theater Fire, and also has his own recording studio. He only records on vintage equipment, or pieces he has made, to achieve a true, raw sound unchanged by digital effects or technology. It was that ethos that went into the overall design of the bike. He wanted a classic, relatively uncluttered bike that was suitable for commuting.

Gallus Cycles City Bike

The frame is made from Columbus SL tubing, with lugs that have some simple yet classy touches, such as the drilled pattern and custom seat cluster. A medium-size custom rack sits on the front of the bike with dual generator lights. The wiring for the lights are routed through the fork and rack, and run down to the Schmidt Son generator hub, laced to Velo Orange 650b rims. The rear hub is a Sturmey Archer 2-speed kick shift hub. Using this hub was an integral part of the design. The kick shift gives option of 2 speeds without cables, shifters, or even brake levers, as it is also a coaster brake.

Gallus Cycles City Bike

The rest of drive train consists of Sugino RD cranks and a KMC Z chain. The handlebars are the extremely comfortable Nitto Randonneur bars mounted to a Nitto Technomic stem and Campy Record head set. The saddle is a worn Brooks Swift we paired with a Velo Orange seat post. The fenders were custom made for us by Woody’s Fenders. Most importantly, the paint is candy apple green with light blue panels.

Gallus Cycles City Bike

We’ll undoubtedly be seeing more of Jeremy’s work in the future. Keep an eye on his website and blog for updates. Photos by Nick Pendergast.

  • Anonymous

    With all due respect, I can’t tell if it’s the photography or if there was perhaps a problem during transit for the shoot, but it seems in a few pictures there is damage on the bike. Again, I am not sure if my eyes are deceiving me. On the left side of the second picture, it looks like either a bad welding job or a mixup with the paint/annodizing on the rack. In the closeup of the lugs by the seatpost, the drilled pattern looks really off. Maybe the bit slipped? Again, I am not trying to be rude. I’ve followed this site for a while and this is the first time that something like this has caught my eye so it’s a bit confusing.

    • guest

      I think the problem might be the paint job

    • My GOD. It looks as though the rack has been USED for cargo, and the paint has been scuffed! Whatever could the owner have been thinking, USING the bike when that risks DAMAGING the finish? 

      Everyone knows, after all, that custom city bikes are meant to be DISPLAYED, not USED!

      And on the seatpost lug, there is a tiny bit of white paint outside the decorative hole. Oh, noes.

      And to make matters worse, there is DIRT on the handlebar tape!!!

      Seriously, though, really really nice bike.

    • Jeremy

      in regards to the above comment, yes i agree, the holes in the lug were not exactly painted in very well and there is a slight blemish  in the clear on the rack that makes it look a bit off. with such small surface area on the rack, it is difficult to wet sand or buff a paint job for a smooth glass like finish. photographic close-ups don’t help, but i have a policy of not allowing any photoshopping other than maybe cropping the frame. in person these blemishes are hardly noticeable as the overall bike is quite stunning.

      i personally strive to build the best frames possible, trained for several years before going to market. if i make a mistake, i start over and only put forth the best finished product. though those are my standards, its sometimes hard to get the same results when you hand the frame off to someone else for something like a paint job.

      if something is very off with a painter i have it corrected, if it is only slight i merely point it out and ask that it does not happen again. if the customer is not pleased, then the problem is certainly corrected. the painter of this bike did improve on a similar job that followed. however, i have since switched to another painter whose work has come back flawless every time so far. 

      as framebuilders we must strive for perfection but also realize that feat is nearly impossible. as richard sachs has said “imperfection is perfection”. it is the pursuit of progression, refinement and making the best bike for the given customer through accumulative skills and knowledge that motivates me.
      i better stop before i sound even more pretentious.

      i appreciate your keen eye.

      • Jeremy, that comment makes me want to get one of your frames! Spot-on. 

    • Sadandsentimental

      This is my bike. It’s an amazing machine, and fits me perfectly. When it was photographed, I’d already been riding it for several months and using the rack extensively. I also didn’t want to spend the big bucks on the cosmetics, and Jeremy worked within my budget. He did express some dissatisfaction with the hand-painted lug dots… but I liked ’em. If I’d wanted robot perfection, I would’ve bought a Made in Taiwan bike. I like knowing that a local human painted my bike.
      I can’t say enough good things about Gallus. I’ll be buried with this bike.

      • Way to go. It looks like a totally sweet ride. 

  • Hoopdriver

    My only criticism is: Washers are good. And the paint as noted (Sure it doesn’t need to be precious, but I doubt the owner was expecting to pay for sloppy). Otherwise nice work.
    Jeremy’s reply above is very professional. Not to be taken for granted in this business.