Northside Wheelers 3-Speed Suicide Porteur

Malachi’s Northside Wheelers porteur is one of the best examples of how you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a classy ride, just a little creativity and insight. It doesn’t hurt to have Danny Hale of Shifter Bikes on your side though…

This bike is very similar to Dan’s own singlespeed porteur (which was stolen last year). It’s a Taiwanese frame, painted matte black but has some sneaky detailing. A coaster brake keeps the bike’s silhouette clean, while a Shimano Nexus 3-speed hub aids in scaling Melbourne’s hills.

How the bike shifts is one of the most clever details: a Campagnolo downtube shifter is mounted to the seat stay, allowing Mal to “suicide shift” this sleek beauty. Other details include a Northside Wheelers saddle, crafted by Mick Peel of Busyman, pinstriping on the hub / rims, pink nipples, Campagnolo Strada cranks and custom painted fenders. It’s a sleeper! See for yourself in the Gallery.

  • Dat custom-painted Nexus. Balls.

  • Jack Luke

    No lock rings on the tubes? I disapprove.

    I jest, it’s a lovely ride. Much appreciation for the sensible chunky tyres.

  • Aaaaaaah, those cranks. Just broke my pistas :( miss them a lot.

  • ZianStudios

    This is one sleek sexy ride. Info on that rack?

    • Velo Orange

      • TomBremer

        Every time there is a front rack that I like it’s always that Velo Orange!

  • Graeme Devine

    What are the bars?

    • ZianStudios

      Look like flipped and turned risers to me

  • Pure class, I love it.

  • What’s the downtube shifter mounted to? Custom braze-on?

    • It’s a simple modification and I was asked to keep it a secret.

      • ap

        why would they want to keep it a secret?

    • Looks as easy as drilling a hole through the stay, using a longer fixing bolt for the shifter, and matching the stay’s diameter with the closest backing insert meant to match the profile of a round down tube. If only we had a rear quarter shot that showed the inside of the right stay…

  • fred

    Put a… bird on it?

  • Wow, this thing is so awesome!

  • Are the bars VO Postino’s?

  • What is that Chainring ? Assuming that is 144 is it a cycle underground special ?

  • What rack is that?!