Category Archives: porteur
Winter Bicycles Ambassador Porteur

Timeless design and modern technology pair up nicely with the latest from Winter Bicycles. The Ambassador is a fillet brazed frame, with a disc-specific lugged fork and made-to-measure “French Point” stem. For gearing, the Ambassador relies on an internal Alfine Di2 hub. The lighting is integrated to the frame with a SON hub powering Edelux lamp and the Velocity wheels roll on Compass tires. Braking relies on XT hydraulic discs and White Industries tops out the build. As for the paint, it was laid down by Todd Eroh.

Check out more details of this lovely project at Winter.

Sep 19, 2016 29 comments
The 2015 Bike and Beer Festival: Breadwinner Arbor Lodge Porteur
Breadwinner Arbor Lodge Porteur

I’m here in Portland, Oregon attending the Bike and Beer festival at HopWorks Urban Brewery. While I’ll be documenting many of the frames, I’ll also be capturing the general vibes. For now, let’s just check out some bikes!

For Breadwinner Cycles, it may appear their bikes are designed for racing and ripping. That’s not the case for their Arbor Lodge porteur bike. These do-it-all city commuters are designed to pack versatility in a nimble steel frame while still holding true to that Breadwinner aesthetic. My personal favorite detail is the custom porteur rack and the use of the White Industries VBC cranks.

Oct 4, 2015 3 comments
Swift Industries for Ocean Air Cycles: Docena Demi-Porteur Bag

One of my favorite small online shop owners that I’ve never met is Rob from Ocean Air Cycles. Recently, they collaborated with Swift Industries on a demi-porteur bag called the Docena. What is a demi-porteur bag? Read all about it at Ocean Air’s blog.

Done reading? Ok, to test the waters for full-on production, Ocean Air is running a pre-order on these bags. Personally, if I didn’t already have a kickin’ Swift bag, I’d be scooping one of these up. The details are incredibly well thought out and that multicam fabric is a no-brainer.

Head over to Ocean Air to check out the Docena Demi-Porteur Bag pre-order!

Sep 2, 2014 4 comments
Ben’s Cicli Spirito Porteur
Ben's Cicli Spirito Porteur

At the Melburn Roobaix yesterday (more to come on that), I bumped into my friend Ben Kamenjas from Sydney, who I met a few years back when he worked at Deus Ex Machina. Ben’s a wealth of cycling knowledge, especially the obscure / idiosyncratic world of French components and frames. At a certain point in your life, you tire of looking at others’ work and decide to start building for yourself.

What you see here is Ben’s first bike, under his moniker Cicli Spirito (no link yet). It’s a fendered porteur with a customized VO rack that mounts to the vintage center pull mounts and classic French parts with a classic geometry.

It’s always difficult to shoot a porteur with weight on the front, so I asked Ben to act as the kickstand while I snapped a few, very quick photos.

With this weather, I’m sure Ben was stoked on his Swift Industries Pelican bag, fenders and nice, plump tires during the Roobaix. That’s a great looking bicycle!

Jun 30, 2014 23 comments
Caleb’s Hufnagel Porteur

The Hufnagel porteurs are my all time favorite, especially since Jordan has put the frame building torch aside while he and West America-partner James head south to Mexico on their dirt bikes. The rugged, utilitarianism of these frames is only exceeded by the sophistication and lack of ostentation. Fillet brazed, simple and mostly made with domestically-produced components, they’re timeless…

Caleb’s one of the locals here in Austin that owns one and every time I see it, I get a tad bit jealous. Especially knowing that Jordan has a single speed version in my size for sale right now (56cm ST 61cm TT). If you’re interested in that, email him! In the meantime, check out more photos of Caleb’s Hufnagel Porteur in the Gallery!

Nov 19, 2013 10 comments
Breadwinner Cycles: Arbor Lodge Porteur

Ira and Tony at Breadwinner Cycles just recently announced the production of their Arbor Lodge porteur bike. While a porteur might not be for everyone, you’d have to find a pretty good reason to not want a ride like the Arbor Lodge. The integrated u-lock is such a rad detail. See more information at Breadwinner.

Sep 28, 2013 5 comments