Nico from Ateliers d”Embellie has applied his essential French sense of style to this porteur, combining his appreciation of leather and cycling. A supreme technician as well as artisan, his renovation of a classic Haral frame was a labor of love but has resulted, as all projects that require patience and skill, in a functional work of art.
Assembled with the help of the French Pignon Fixe community, Nico used his deft hand with a needle to upholster not only the San Marco saddle, but the down, seat and top tubes, the porteur’s front rack and the toe straps. A complete classic, the hubs are vintage Mavic, the cranks and chain ring Specialites TA and the front brake calliper and lever is a vintage CLB. Nico designed and constructed the head badge himself, as well as the hip flask holder under the seat.
I’m looking forward to seeing how this porteur wears over time; no doubt it will develop a lovely finish, like a Hermès saddle. The full story can be found on the Atelier d’Embellie website, as well as Nico’s contact information, should you require impeccable leather customization applied to your own bicycle.