Daily Archives: November 3, 2010

Putting Gallus on the map


A tip of the cycling cap to Jeremy Shlachter, longtime friend, neighbor and Fort Worth bike builder who has been making a name for himself on the custom bike show circuit around the country.
He has shown off his wares in San Diego, Austin and, most recently, in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Bike Expo last weekend attracted exhibitors from the mid-Atlantic region and beyond for “a celebration of everything bicycle,” according to the organizers, the Bilenky Cycle Works and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
Jeremy, founder of Gallus Cycles, was interviewed during the show (click on link to video), and he wrote a full account of his participation in the expo on his own blog.

Jeremy with Mike Flanigan

He got to meet and talk shop with some of country’s premier bike builders, including folks from Bilenky Cycle Works of Philadelphia and Mike Flanigan of ANT (Alternative Needs Transportation) Bikes of Holliston, Mass. (See video below on ANT Bikes.)
“Gallus Cycles was very well received,” Jeremy wrote on his blog. “It seemed like my reputation had preceded me because apparently a lot of people had heard of Gallus and have seen pictures before.”
He said that was a nice change from the questions he was asked when he started exhibiting at shows a couple years ago: “Who are you?” and “How long have you been doing this?”

Gallus booth at Philly Bike Expo

It’s gratifying to see a local guy — particularly one whose family and ours have been friends since Jeremy was a wee lad — putting a small Fort Worth enterprise on the bike-building map.
I noted that Gallus Cycles even has a small mention in the Wikipedia entry for “Gallus.” Listed under “other” meanings is this: “Gallus Cycles, a custom bicycle company from Fort Worth, Texas.”
By the way, Jeremy, a former bicycle messenger in Glasgow, Scotland, says that gallus is a Glaswegian slang term that translates roughly as badass.

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