Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Gallus Handmade Bicycles

This past weekend I had the privilege of dropping by Jeremy's place to check out his workshop, which is better known as Gallus Handmade Bicycles. I found Jeremy in the process of building a custom aero time trial fork for a customer. This was a rush job, so everything else was put on hold. He showed me the CAD drawings of the fork he designed and the dropouts that he was hand grinding from a small steel plate. All kinds of challenges were popping up for this seemingly small job. One thing that I can say for Jeremy is that he is detail oriented. That's a quality you want in your frame builder.

I followed Jeremy out to the garage behind the house where his shop is set up. In this photo you can see the time trial bike that will be the recipient of the custom aero fork. I was a little surprised to see a carbon fiber frame in the shop of a man who works primarily with steel.

Some tools of the trade.

Jeremy shows me a fixed gear frameset that's still a work in progress.

This is a frame jig built by the man who taught Jeremy to build frames.

After a short tour we went back into the house where we talked about his recent participation in a 600k brevet. That's 373 miles of riding in just over 35 hours. Of course this feat was accomplished on one of his own creations. He says that the feeling is just starting to return to his hands.

We discussed his plans for the business and future projects, bikes and otherwise. I ended up taking far fewer pictures than I had intended but I knew he was busy and didn't want to delay him any further.

I must say that getting a behind the scenes look at the work Jeremy's doing and getting a glimpse at his thought process when it comes to bike building, I was very impressed.

Support your local frame builders!


  1. Disgustingly neat, tidy and clean. Makes me feel inadequate. Probably makes neat tidy frames too. That makes it even worse.

  2. Oldfool-Actually his place looks just like you'd expect a busy workshop to look. It has some character to it. I think you would feel at home.

  3. His blog is really interesting too. You find some of the coolest people there in Texas!

  4. I met Jeremy at Trinity Bicycles and a nicer guy you'll never meet. He was on one of the bicycles he made, and he made it to ride; you could see the miles on it. And I mean that in a good way.