Thomas Callahan’s Horse Brand Co. launched recently, showcasing American-made goods and his handmade Urban Tour bikes. This stainless steel town bike is an addition to that line, a concise summary of Thomas’ style and ethos.
Reynolds 931 tubing was used, a thicker tubing as compared to their 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 urban tourers.
“This is a portuer-style track bike with full fenders and front rack capabilities,” Thomas informs us. “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.”
It’s a classy-yet-functional bike, from the copper-railed Brooks B17 saddle, down to the fork. “The fork is also stainless steel, using KVA’s stainless fork blades,” say Thomas. “Right now I believe they are the only tube manufacturer drawing stainless fork blades.”
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 Thomas Callahan and Horse Brand Co. is all about. Head to the website for more information and the Horse Cycles flickr stream for more detail shots. Special thanks to Thomas for the words and pictures.