Ace friend Thomas Callahan is the master builder and founder of Brooklyn’s Horse Cycles. If you’ve stayed with us at Ace New York chances are you’ve cruised the bike-laned blacktop on a steed of his making. He recently Kickstarted his Urban Tour project, a plucky attempt to grow his little corner of the Brooklyn bicycle industry by putting more asses on handbuilt beasts of burden. This Labor Day weekend you can see what Thomas, and a couple dozen other makers, have been up to at Bike Cult, a Hand-Built Bicycle Show at the Warsaw Concert Hall in Williamsburg. It’s something like the Let Me Ride video off The Chronic, but with bikes and more East Coast flavor.

Ace friend Thomas Callahan is the master builder and founder of Brooklyn’s Horse Cycles. If you’ve stayed with us at Ace New York chances are you’ve cruised the bike-laned blacktop on a steed of his making. He recently Kickstarted his Urban Tour project, a plucky attempt to grow his little corner of the Brooklyn bicycle industry by putting more asses on handbuilt beasts of burden. This Labor Day weekend you can see what Thomas, and a couple dozen other makers, have been up to at Bike Cult, a Hand-Built Bicycle Show at the Warsaw Concert Hall in Williamsburg. It’s something like the Let Me Ride video off The Chronic, but with bikes and more East Coast flavor.


Thomas Callahan of Horse Cycles built the bicycle fleet that docks at Ace Hotel New York. You can take one for a spin when you stay with us or get your own. Thomas crafts these two-wheeled vessels from durable lugged steel with his own two hands and other tools in his Williamsburg, Brooklyn shop.

He’s the kind of self-taught artisan born with the itch to build beautiful things that fetch you over bridges and down rush hour streams through ravines of office tower and tenement as you peddle your way, wind-in-your-hair and glad. We’re glad each time we set eyes or ass upon any of the fine steeds in our fleet. 

Thomas’s latest venture is the Urban Tour Project, a new production line of wheel-to-frame-to-wheel all made in America bikes, because eventually we might need to get back to making things. He’s trying to get the training wheels off this new line with a Kickstarter. That’s something we can pledge allegiance to, and a couple duckets.

Thomas Callahan of Horse Cycles built the bicycle fleet that docks at Ace Hotel New York. You can take one for a spin when you stay with us or get your own. Thomas crafts these two-wheeled vessels from durable lugged steel with his own two hands and other tools in his Williamsburg, Brooklyn shop.

He’s the kind of self-taught artisan born with the itch to build beautiful things that fetch you over bridges and down rush hour streams through ravines of office tower and tenement as you peddle your way, wind-in-your-hair and glad. We’re glad each time we set eyes or ass upon any of the fine steeds in our fleet. 

Thomas’s latest venture is the Urban Tour Project, a new production line of wheel-to-frame-to-wheel all made in America bikes, because eventually we might need to get back to making things. He’s trying to get the training wheels off this new line with a Kickstarter. That’s something we can pledge allegiance to, and a couple duckets.


Horse Cycles has built a fleet of hand-made bicycles for Ace Hotel New York, and filmmaker Matt McClain spun this portrait of the man responsible, Thomas Callahan, at his shop in Brooklyn. You can borrow one when you’re in town.


Levi’s and Urban Outfitters present shorts from the Bicycle Film Festival, as curated by festival founder and director, Brendt Barbur, this Sunday at Ace Hotel New York. After being hit by a bus while riding his bike in NYC, Brendt felt compelled to start the festival as a platform to celebrate bicycles through music, art and film. He’ll be at the screening and staying after for a Q&A.

The screening is part of a whole weekend celebrating the saddle and wheel at Ace New York, and a larger cross-country tour with Levi’s beginning at Ace NYC and ending at Ace Portland, including a mobile, pop-up bike shop where you can tune up your bike with the best of them — the shop appears at Ace NYC this weekend on Friday and Sunday.

While you’re here, check out our gallery show with New York-based artist Michael Kim, Bicycles, up today through August 9, presented by Levi’s. For several years, Michael has collected photographs of bicycles from daily newspapers around the world being put to use for work and play by everybody under the sun. The images remind us that bicycles are inextricably part of our daily lives — pulled out of context, they’re highlighted as almost extra appendages in the machinations of our lives, and as a symbol of commonality among all people.

As part of the project, we’re happy to announce that Ace NYC and Ace PDX will be receiving four custom, hand-built bikes by Thomas Callahan of Brooklyn’s Horse Cycles and Jordan Hufnagel of Portland’s Hufnagel Cycles, respectively. These fine steeds are being crafted exclusively for Ace and will be available for guests to use. Stay tuned for more.



All images collected in Michael Kim’s Bicycles exhibition in our gallery.


One very handsome bike created by our friend Thomas Callahan of Horse Cycles. Thomas has handcrafted a lot of goods for Ace Hotel New York including our Other Music shelves, bellcarts and garment racks. Tonight, he brings his Midas touch to a big afterparty for the New Amsterdam Bicycle Show, replete with lasers, a smoke machine, DJ, dance party and “projections” — digital or emotional, you’ll only find out if you go.
Celebrate the Bike Show and introduce yourself to some select vintage and custom Horse Cycles including Johnny Coast and Geekhouse. Aerial acrobat Francis Stallings will be swinging from the rafters at 1am. Free beer from Narragansett until midnight. Bring your bike, bring your self and bring your friends to 321 Rutledge Street, just off the Williamsburg bridge. We’ll see you there with bells on.

One very handsome bike created by our friend Thomas Callahan of Horse Cycles. Thomas has handcrafted a lot of goods for Ace Hotel New York including our Other Music shelves, bellcarts and garment racks. Tonight, he brings his Midas touch to a big afterparty for the New Amsterdam Bicycle Show, replete with lasers, a smoke machine, DJ, dance party and “projections” — digital or emotional, you’ll only find out if you go.

Celebrate the Bike Show and introduce yourself to some select vintage and custom Horse Cycles including Johnny Coast and Geekhouse. Aerial acrobat Francis Stallings will be swinging from the rafters at 1am. Free beer from Narragansett until midnight. Bring your bike, bring your self and bring your friends to 321 Rutledge Street, just off the Williamsburg bridge. We’ll see you there with bells on.


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