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Colin’s Spirit Keirin Track Frame

March 25, 2014

Most of the time I get caught up with building the actual frame. The frame is the heart and soul of the bike, and my main concern is usually what I get done at the work bench. My daily effort is judged by either what tubes got brazed together or how big the pile of metal shavings on the floor is. Its easy to loose sight of the whole picture, which also includes paint and the components that actually make the thing ride-able. The last couple of frames I built got shipped out and then assembled by either the owner or a shop mechanic, so I will admit that it was quite nice building this bike up myself and seeing it complete, especially as Colin had chosen really nice components to go on the bike. Colin is originally from Petaluma, CA, which is also home to White Industries. We used their components whenever possible, and filled in the gaps with whatever it took to make this bike a total crusher. I was very happy with how this bike turned out. It looks like a simple, classically styled track bike, but there are many subtle details that sets this bike apart. I’ll stop talking and let y’all see the pictures.

P.S. I will be at the Detroit Bike City Expo next Saturday so if you live in the area please stop by to say hello. This beauty will be there too.

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White Industries VBC Cranks, Track Chain Ring, and Bottom Bracket

White Industries VBC Cranks, Track Chain Ring, and Bottom Bracket

White Industries Track Hub

White Industries Track Hub

I went all out on this fork crown, and for me it was the crème de la crème of the bike

I went all out on this fork crown, and for me it was the crème de la crème of the bike

 

Another shot of the crown, along with Vittoria tubular tires, Velocity Escape Rims

Another shot of the crown, along with Vittoria tubular tires, Velocity Escape Rims

Cinelli Bar Tape, Stem and Nitto B123 Track Handlebars

Cinelli Bar Tape, Stem and Nitto B123 Track Handlebars

Nice thin lugs and Chris King Gripnut Headset

Nice thin lugs and Chris King Gripnut Headset

Seat Stay Bridge detail

Seat Stay Bridge detail

Box Striping panels on Down Tube and Seat Tube

Box Striping panels on Down Tube and Seat Tube

White Industries Track Hub and a Little Dropout Flair

White Industries Track Hub and a Little Dropout Flair

 

T-Shirts Available

February 24, 2014

I just received a shipment of t-shirts. I have plenty in both styles and sizes. For $20 plus s/h you too can look as good as these dapper gentleman from Bilenky Cycle Works. Email me with size and color requests at jeremy(at)galluscycles dot com and I will send you the paypal info.

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Bruce’s Stainless Steel Single Speed

February 16, 2014

It’s Sunday, and I am exhausted. It has been a busy week. Bruce took delivery of his bike, I got a bike back from paint, and I am also done with another frame. With a break from the bitter cold with relatively warm weather this past week, I was done hibernating and had been feeling more social than usual. When I wasn’t working I did my best to stay out of the house. It was a good time to catch up with friends, and even made some new ones. It recently occurred to me that moving to a new city is kind of like travelling, except you sleep in the same bed every night, or in my case on the same floor every night. Both moving and travelling share that element of the great unknown, things are new and exciting, but you are also having to be out of your “comfort zone” for an extended period of time and that can be pressing. The only way to get past that is to, firstly, make an effort of putting yourself out there and trying new things, stop being shy and start talking to strangers, sometimes taking a gamble, and most importantly just relaxing and enjoy the trip. At least people speak English in Denver.

This project was very much about trying new things. Bruce came to me with a very specific vision and detailed requests of what he wanted in a bike. A specific vision and detailed requests add a new layer to the design and building process, especially when they are proposed by the customer and not necessarily originating from my own thoughts. I strive to deliver what the customer is asking and paying for, but this can also add a little pressure especially when certain elements of the project are complex in nature.

I would like to think that the overall result looks relatively simple and understated, but there is a lot going on with a lot of custom touches.  For a variety of reasons the project took a really long time and I would like to thank Bruce for remaining patient the whole time. And another big thank you to  Aubrey and the rest of the crew at Colonel’s Bikes in Fort Worth, TX for doing the final build, along with my friend Jared Stone for some custom  lettering, Jen Green for the head badge, and Bill Davis for the paint.

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In case you were wondering, it says "Redline" because that's Bruce's last name. Custom Graphics designed by Jared to mimic old Raleigh lettering from a bike that served as the inspiration for the bike

In case you were wondering, it says “Redline” because that’s Bruce’s last name. Custom Graphics designed by Jared to mimic old Raleigh lettering from a bike that served as the inspiration for the bike

The components are a combination of both modern and vintage parts, mainly from Campagnolo

The components are a combination of both modern and vintage parts, mainly from Campagnolo

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Bruce and Aubrey.

An Aire of Distinction

February 9, 2014
The first couple of bike shows I exhibited at were the San Diego custom bike shows in 2009 and 2010. In addition to the experience of driving cross country, getting used to attending shows, and the really cool people I met, what struck me the most was the parties at Joe Bell’s paint shop. Seeing a bunch of old frame builders getting drunk was one thing, but  what really impressed me was seeing rows and rows of unpainted bare bike frames. Many of the bikes hanging up were so distinctive that it was obvious which frame builder had made them, without paint or any badges.
Tonight I saw a bike locked up to a sign post on Broadway. I’ve got a bad habit of checking out bikes. It had some decent parts on it, so that’s why I stopped to look at it. The paint was solid blue, no decals, and probably powder coated. Even with that, it only took a split second to realize it was an old, really nice, lugged Bruce Gordon frame. The more I looked at it I could see his handy work, the lines of the bike were extremely elegant and balanced, and the quality of the frame was even more apparent.
For now my only concern is to deliver a bike that meets(if not exceeds) the expectations and requests of the customer that had commissioned it. But I do hope that some day, someone walking down Broadway sees an otherwise anonymous looking bike and can tell that I made it.

Caution: Wet Paint

January 25, 2014

Here are some photos the painter, Bill Davis, sent me of the Stainless Steel Single Speed. I’ve got another one in paint right now, some tubes cut and about to go on the jig, and in the design stages on a few more so come back soon to see some nice bikes. Have a good weekend.

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New Pricing Starting February 14, 2014

January 16, 2014

The time has come  to raise the prices of my frames. I have not increased the prices since I registered Gallus Cycles as a business in 2009. The current pricing reflected that of a new builder, and it is now necessary to have pricing that reflects my 8 years of frame building experience, the level of detail and labor that goes into my frames, and also enables me to grow and promote my business, along with being more in tune with  what other builders with similar amounts of experience and level of detail charge.

I am honoring the previous pricing till February 14, 2014. This gives us enough time to bounce a couple emails back and forth to make sure the bike you want is something I am willing and able  to make(I usually say yes). All it takes to get in at the current price is a $400 deposit. Current wait time is at 8 months and growing, so if you have been sitting on the fence about getting a Gallus frame now is a better time than any to order one. And now you have a good excuse to get the go ahead from your wife(or husband).

Listed below  are the new  prices for frame sets(frame, fork, head set). I see the frame, fork and headset as a unit that needs to be designed together to insure the bike works how it should, so the price includes all 3. I use tubing from Columbus, True Temper, Reynolds and Dedacciai. Tubing is selected as what will be the best for the given application and size of the rider.

Track Fillet Brazed $2300, Lugged $2500

Road Fillet Brazed $2600, Lugged $2800

Cyclocross Fillet Brazed $2800, Lugged $3000

Randonneur/Tour/Adventure Fillet brazed $2800, Lugged $3000

City(Single Speed) Starting at $2500

City(Geared) Starting at $2600

Included in these prices is a fitting done by me if you are local, or a professional fitter in your area. Also included is a one color paint scheme. I use a variety of painters, but I only send bikes out to people considered to be some of the best in the country. Lugged frames also include extensive lug thinning. That is how I was taught, so I can’t do it any other way now.

Listed Below are a few of the many options that are available:

Reynolds 953 or 931 or Columbus XCR Stainless Tubing $1000(painted or matte), polished $2000

Lug Carving $300

S & S Couplers $450

Stainless lugs-matte $300, polished $800

Bi-laminate handmade lugs $600

Racks starting at $350

Carbon fork substitution starting at $250

Please keep in mind that I can also provide complete bicycles and can source components from most major manufactures. I can also help source vintage parts. Listed below are companies that I like using and can provide.

Campagnolo, Shimano, Sram, Phil Wood, White Industries, Paul Components, Arundel,  DT Swiss, Brooks, Fizik, Selle Italia, Selle San Marco, Enve, Easton, Thomson, Nitto, Panaracer, Continental, Vittoria, Michelin,  Grand Bois, Berthoud, Honjo.

I like having wheels provided by wheel builder Joe Young when possible, and randonneuring and touring bikes come out better with custom bags and panniers  from Ruth Works SF and Swift Industries.

Time Machine: Lugged Spirit Keirin Track Frame

January 14, 2014

With the new year rolling in I spent a little time reflecting over the events of 2013. Moving to Denver will certainly stand as a significant mile stone. At the same time I began to realize the vast extent bicycles play in my life not only now, but for what has now been nearly half of my life. Bike rides like Paris-Brest-Paris, riding up Mt. Evans, bicycle tours like the one I did to Austin last Christmas or around Europe a few years  serve as milestones. Not only do I remember them as personal achievements and adventures, they also have become a marker of time, categorizing  things as either happening before these events and occurring after.

In the same vain, the bicycles I make also serve as a marker of time. A frame can take a minimum of 40 hours of labor, and can easily extend up to 80 or 100 hours depending on the complexity of the build. Being engaged in the process of making something for that long definitely creates a personal connection with both the object and the craft. And I also began to associate personal events with the bikes I build, placing them as either occurring before, during or after a certain project. In some ways that connection with the  craft ends once my work is done and begins a new kind of connection with the customer. Hopefully a connection of them establishing significant personal milestones. And you thought you were “just getting a bike”. Happy New Year.

Below are some pictures of the last bike started during 2013, and the first one finished in 2014. And you can scroll down to the last two posts to see more pics of the lugs and how I made the fork crown.

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