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The Urban Tour Project: A line of production bicycles hand made in Brooklyn, NY.
The Urban Tour Project: A line of production bicycles hand made in Brooklyn, NY.
204 backers pledged $39,217 to help bring this project to life.

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About The Project:

Horse Cycles is a custom bicycle builder in Brooklyn, NY. We seek your funding to purchase the tools and materials we need to begin manufacturing a line of all American production bicycles. Our goal is to offer a high quality locally crafted alternative to foreign imports.

As a custom bicycle manufacturer, we have significant experience in tailoring bicycles to our clients needs. We bring this same bespoke attention to design and detail to this new line of production bikes. Each will be built with the same high quality materials and techniques we use for many of our custom bikes.

We will use the proceeds from our Kickstarter campaign to acquire the additional machinery we need to move into larger scale production. This new equipment will enable us to manufacture bikes faster, offering them at a more competitive price. 

About The Bike:

The first of these production bikes will be called the Urban Tour. It will be made in-house at the Horse Cycles workshop using machinery we will be purchasing with the proceeds of this campaign.

This new bike is designed as a versatile all-rounder, perfect for light touring, city riding and commuting. The frame will be made from all U.S. sourced materials including high quality True Temper double-butted 4130 steel alloy. This paired with our TIG welded construction and lugged fork produces a responsive, lightweight and durable bicycle that will last a lifetime.

Each bike comes equipped with cantilever brake mounts, water bottle bosses, and rack / fender mounts, making it a versatile and rugged do anything bicycle. By producing the frames in-house we can ensure the highest quality. Ride it to your local farmers market, down to the beach, or load it up for a cross-country tour.

Once the Kickstarter campaign is completed we will be contacting supporters to confirm sizing and color choices. Don’t hesitate to reach out through the comments section for more details. We will be providing regular updates and some great footage and photo’s as we go into production, through delivery.


Additional Specs:

  • Sizes: 58cm, 55cm, 52cm with 700c wheels and a 48cm 650b step-through version (see sizing and geometry below)
  • Durable powder coat finish with hand painted lug lining on the fork crown.
  • Offered in 4 different colors: Blue, Cream, Black and Green.
  • Mounts for cantilever brakes that provide increased stopping power and fender clearance.
  • Water bottle, rack, and fender mounts.
  • Horizontal dropouts with derailleur hanger for single speed or multi speed set ups
  • Clearance for up to 45mm tires
  • Threadless 1" steerer tube
  • 27.2 seat post clamp diameter
URBAN TOUR BICYCLE ROAD BARS
URBAN TOUR BICYCLE ROAD BARS
URBAN TOUR BICYCLE TOWNIE BARS
URBAN TOUR BICYCLE TOWNIE BARS
DETAILS
DETAILS
URBAN TOUR BICYCLE 48CM 650B WOMEN'S STEP THROUGH
URBAN TOUR BICYCLE 48CM 650B WOMEN'S STEP THROUGH
SIZE AND COLOR
SIZE AND COLOR

Our Incentive Products:

Aside from our new production bike, we have worked with a variety of local designers and makers in creating a great collection of incentive products. Each is a collaboration that is exclusive to the Urban Tour Project – shown in the images below.

URBAN TOUR THREADLESS STEM WITH BRASS BELL BY HORSE CYCLES
URBAN TOUR THREADLESS STEM WITH BRASS BELL BY HORSE CYCLES
No. 15 SADDLE BAG BY HMPL
No. 15 SADDLE BAG BY HMPL
WAXED CANVAS SHOP APRON BY MER BAGS
WAXED CANVAS SHOP APRON BY MER BAGS
TOTE BY MER BAGS
TOTE BY MER BAGS
RECLAIMED WOODEN BIKE BOX BY RDD
RECLAIMED WOODEN BIKE BOX BY RDD
DENIM CYCLING CAP BY HMPL
DENIM CYCLING CAP BY HMPL
WOOL BALL CAP BY HORSE
WOOL BALL CAP BY HORSE
SCREEN PRINTED ORGANIC T-SHIRT
SCREEN PRINTED ORGANIC T-SHIRT
RAG WOOL FINGERLESS MITTENS
RAG WOOL FINGERLESS MITTENS
HALF POUND OF LAKE HOUSE BLEND BY TANDEM COFFEE ROASTERS
HALF POUND OF LAKE HOUSE BLEND BY TANDEM COFFEE ROASTERS

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For more images please visit:  www.urban-tour.com 

If you have any questions about the project, the bicycle, or any of the products, please feel free to contact us via email at:
info@horsecycles.com or by telephone: 718-387-3939

Video by: www.glassembassy.com

Risks and challenges

Having manufactured custom bicycles for the past 7 years, we are confident in creating an extremely high quality product. As craftsmen, we are excited to start using the new machinery and equipment in producing this new line of production bicycles.

Delivery date: This will depend on how many bicycles are ordered, but we plan to work fast! From the time the kickstarter ends, we project a delivery date by the end of May.

Product changes: Though we think we have designed a wonderful bicycle frame we are open to suggestions, reasonable ones especially. We won’t promise that we will apply them all but we are always open to feedback. We would love to hear what you think of the project and changes you might suggest.

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FAQ

  • We have been receiving quite a few questions about sizing and the simple answer is; once the campaign is complete we will be getting in touch with everyone who selected a bicycle reward to thank you in person and also get some measurements we need to make sure you get the right sized bicycle. We will explain how to measure your height, inseam, torso and arm length and from that information we will be able to recommend the best size bicycle. If you are local, don't hesitate to drop by the workshop and we can measure you up in person. Sizing can be confusing for those that aren't regular cyclists but we promise to make it easy for you!

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    HAND SIGNED POST CARD: from the Horse Cycles workshop thanking you for your support toward the Urban Tour Project.

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    HALF POUND OF LAKE HOUSE BLEND BY TANDEM COFFEE ROASTERS: A blend of Central American and African coffees washed and roasted with care by our friends Kathleen and Will. They believe in a high quality product and there coffee is some of the best around.

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    RAG WOOL FINGERLESS MITTENS: Thinsulate fingerless mittens. Great for three season riding and perfect for accessing your little fingers when needed. Don't bike and text!

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    SCREEN PRINTED ORGANIC T-SHIRT: Inspired by Navajo textiles of the South West, this T-shirt was hand printed and designed by Thomas Callahan of Horse Cycles. Wear it on your horse. All sizes for men and women.

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    DENIM CYCLING CAP BY HMPL: These limited caps are handmade and designed by HMPL for The Urban Tour Project. Crafted from specially selected reclaimed materials they feature a classic 3-panel design and a soft brim. One size fits all.

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    EMBROIDERED WOOLEN BASEBALL CAP: Flat brimmed woolen baseball cape with embroidered HORSE logo. Offered in classic Navy or Maroon.Snaps in the back, one size fits all. Looks great!

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    TOTE BY MER BAGS: Hand made in collaboration with MER BAGS here in Brooklyn, NY. This durable vinyl coated polyester tote is perfect for on and off the bike. Shoulder strap and center pocket. Very functional!

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    WAXED CANVAS SHOP APRON BY MER BAGS: Made in collaboration with MER BAGS here in Brooklyn, NY. We use these sturdy aprons every day in the workshop! Great for wood working, metal working, crafting, at the BBQ, or for making Pies. Each comes with a leather embossed URBAN TOUR patch.... Handsome!

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    RECLAIMED WOODEN BIKE BOX BY RDD: Made in collaboration with Robin Dean Designs of Brooklyn, NY. Using reclaimed Oak from local building salvage, this bike box lets you ride with a little piece of Brooklyn history wherever your bike may take you. Box is designed to fit the Velo Orange Constructeur front rack. It comes standard with brass cleats for tie downs.

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    No. 15 SADDLE BAG BY HMPL: Designed in collaboration with HMPL in Vancouver, BC. The No.15 Bag hangs neatly under the saddle of your bicycle. Transport all of your essentials without the burden of a backpack. This limited edition bag is constructed of 18oz. Martexin waxed canvas, and lined with waterproof nylon. It's guaranteed to keep your things dry in even the worst conditions. It can also be used as a shoulder bag with the included detachable shoulder strap.

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    URBAN TOUR THREADLESS STEM WITH BRASS BELL BY HORSE CYCLES: Designed and made at the Horse Cycles workshop in Brooklyn, NY. Our 1” threadless stem is a great addition to your new Urban Tour bicycle, offered in all the same colors. Choose from 80, 100 and 120mm length with a zero degree rise and 25.4mm bar clamp.

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    URBAN TOUR BICYCLE (FRAME AND FORK) BY HORSE CYCLES: Your very own Urban Tour bicycle, designed and hand crafted at the Horse Cycles workshop in Brooklyn, NY. A versatile all-rounder it is the perfect bicycle for light touring, city riding and commuting. Offered in four sizes and colors. See sizing, details and color choices to the left.

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    URBAN TOUR BICYCLE (COMPLETE WITH SINGLE SPEED COMPONENT GROUP) BY HORSE CYCLES: Your very own Urban Tour bicycle built up with a hand selected single speed component group using high quality components designed for the best value and performance. Includes Brooks Saddles and your choice or townie or drop bars. See a detailed list of components in the update section.

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    URBAN TOUR BICYCLE (COMPLETE WITH MULTI SPEED COMPONENT GROUP) BY HORSE CYCLES: Your very own Urban Tour bicycle built up with a hand selected multi-speed component group using high quality components designed for the best value and performance. Includes Brooks Saddles and your choice or townie or drop bars. See a detailed list of components in the update section.

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Funding period

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