Earlier this week, we shared some lessons from the speakers at the New Amsterdam Bicycle Show, which took place on April 28–29 at the Skylight Soho in lower Manhattan, alongside a series of photos to illustrate the breadth of exhibitors. Here, as promised, are more photos of our unofficial pick for Best-in-Show: Brooklyn builder Horse Cycles (although I agree that we ought to heed BikeSnobNYC's advice to lay off the bike porn, it's fine to partake in small doses, right?)
Of course, we're playing favorites here: we first met founder Thomas Callahan at the first New Am' about a year ago, he'd just moved into his South Williamsburg workshop. Since then, he's tried his steady hand at all variety of accessory (racks, lights, etc.), built out the paint booth (where I first saw the blue beauty above a couple weeks ago with a fresh clearcoat) and even taken to making custom surfboards.
But more than anything else, he's honed his craft, and it shows in the details...
This track frame, built for an art exhibition, features Strawberry 'wishbone' seatstays and bronze tentacle details
The frame, which is available for sale, has never been built up; see more photos here.
Unfortunately, my photos of the baby blue touring bike in the second picture didn't quite turn out, but interested parties can check out images of the three-color logo application (and dozens of other bicycles to drool over) on Thomas's Flickr. For more insight into his process, check out this video profile by Matt McClain, produced when Ace Hotel invited Thomas to build them a few custom bikes last year: