Horse Cycles Tourer

Horse Cycles Tourer

Nate Mumford is a photographer based in New York, which is also home to Thomas Callahan and the Horse Cycles stable. Nate recently took some shots of a visit to Thomas’ shop which were animated into a GIF, giving a rapid-fire insight into the space where Horse Cycles are created. This is the latest, an elaborate and fully functional long distance tourer.

Thomas went all out on this frame; it’s destined for a tour across America which will really test its mettle. It’s well equipped, however: a full suite of Schmidt Original Nabendynamo hubs and lamps with internal cable routing are guaranteed to light the night roads. The front and rear custom racks are a work of art in themselves, designed to keep the cantilever brakes free of obstruction.

SRAM’s Force drivetrain has been enlisted, highlighted by their WiFLi rear derailleur, which allows a wider range of gears than a triple chainring setup when paired with an 11-32 cassette. The frame was nickel plated before being masked and painted—fenders included—in baby blue. A cooper-railed Brooks B17 and matching leather bar tape top the build, providing all-day touring comfort.

Special thanks to Nate Mumford, who also took these fantastic shots. I’m really looking forward to seeing this bike fully loaded and after a couple of thousand miles but in the meantime, head to the Horse Cycles flickr page for more photos.

PS: It’s a pleasure to welcome Veloved on board as Cycle EXIF’s latest sponsor. Veloved is an online boutique of the latest and most stylish cycling attire. Check out their webstore, they’re helping to keep the pedals of Cycle EXIF turning.

Horse Cycles Tourer
Horse Cycles Tourer
Horse Cycles Tourer
Horse Cycles Tourer
Horse Cycles Tourer
Horse Cycles Tourer
Horse Cycles Tourer

  • jeremynorth

    This is a stunning bike. I’m glad you remarked on the beautiful racks. Who made them?

    • Sebastian

      Yeah, really well done. I am guessing Horse did them custom for this build.

      • BigHank53

        They’re definitely custom built for the bike–notice how there are no adjustable bits anywhere? Unfortunately, the rear rack has a terrible load path where it ties into the seatstays. That zig-zag is going to try to straighten itself out under a load. It needs a brace.

        • Dave

          I’m guessing you don’t have an engineering background? Only a fore-aft strain would try to straighten out that zig-zag. The curves at the bottom with the cross bean are actually quite neatly thought out.

          • BigHank53

            Pannier center of gravity is going to be behind the bottom support, isn’t it? There’s going to be a fore-aft strain every time the rider hits the tiniest bump. It’s not going to be a huge strain, but it’s going into those joints in the worst possible way. Maybe they’ll be fine. I wouldn’t have built the rack that way.

  • Chris

    Beautiful bike. I want to see a follow-up photo shoot after the cross country trip.

  • Apfrancis

    I agree that the racks are beautiful, but I hope they aren’t carrying too much weight on the rear! Big unsupported span in the back.

  • hans

    Thats a very strange location for the rear light. It would be much safer if it were mounted higher and on the rack or fender. Much more visibility, especially from cars on the right side of the cyclist.

  • Dan

    What’s stopping everyone from mentioning the iffy brake pad alignment in that picture of the fork? Maybe the brake posts are too low.

  • AdamEldridge

    A beaut!