Well, it’s that time of year again, when some of the world’s most respected custom frame builders begin gnawing their nails in anticipation of the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show. One exhibitor I would like to have a yarn with is Jeremy Shlachter of Gallus Cycles and one bike I’d like to see in the metal is his 650B mountain bike.
If you’re a fan of either reading or cycle touring, or better still — both, put aside an hour, pour yourself a favorite drink and read Jeremy’s ride reports of his randonées. He’s got a real talent for transcribing his adventures in a factual yet passionate way. It’s highly inspiring to get out on the open road and also reflects the motives behind Gallus Cycles, which is refreshing to read.
The use of 650B wheels on Jeremy’s old-school-styled MTB is interesting, as the debate surrounding the ‘tweener’ wheel size heats up. Industry discussion aside, there’s a wider variety of tire options available for the 650B rider, which does make this seem like an attractive option for the ultimate adventure bike.