Ateliers d’Embellie Porteur

Ateliers d'Embellie Porteur

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.

Ateliers d'Embellie Porteur
Ateliers d'Embellie Porteur
Ateliers d'Embellie Porteur
Ateliers d'Embellie Porteur
Ateliers d Embellie Porteur
Ateliers d Embellie Porteur
Ateliers d Embellie Porteur

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  • jay

    really? not one comment on this absolutely STUNNING piece of art???? this is one of the most beautiful and practical bikes i’ve ever seen not only on this amazing blog, but anywhere on the planet. LOVE the leather wrapped work…the flask…the leather washers…the bar end brake levers….the list goes on. C’est MAGNIFIQUE!!! Félicitation!

  • http://www.cycleexif.com Adam

    jay, it only went up today! It’s a magnificent machine, isn’t it? Apparently Nico has a new project in the works, too, stay tuned!

  • http://dustindriver.com Dustin Driver

    Wowza. I love it. The flask is maybe a bit much, but the rest of of it is perfection. Leather-wrapped frame? YES.

  • Josep

    Incredible precision and detail.. Would love to see it in a year, well used and worn in. Don’t understand the logic of using a high front rack like that as your first choice for cargo. Love the flask holder, though. Ideas, ideas.. :)

  • Spiny Norman

    That’s hideous. Really, I mean it. Just an excrescent piece of pointless, precious glurge.

    Yet, it manages at the same time to be utterly humorless.

    Anyone who would ride that vile thing deserves a sound beating by a bunch of 11-year-old tomboys on scrathed-up BMX bikes.

  • http://www.cycleexif.com Adam

    Thanks for your thoughts, Spiny Norman. Fortunately, you belong to a minority. Nico’s bike has been the most popular bike this month.

    PS: Would you be interested in letting us feature your bike on Cycle EXIF?

  • James

    it oozes class! The self-contained headlight is a nice touch, too. I do wonder about the tire clearance in the back… not much wiggle room in case of a gearing change.

  • http://www.rosspatton.com Ross

    I love it. I would change a few things to make it more functional and practical…but as a work of art it’s amazing.

  • fernando

    yeah, sure it is beautiful, but pratical?? why would someone wrap a bike in leather? whats up with the flask? are you going to ride and drink whiskey at the same time? or is it supposed to carry a whole sip of water? and i dont think carrying too much weight on a fixed gear is a good idea. at leas its got a brake.

    thats not really a bike, its just art.

  • fernando

    yeah, sure it is beautiful, but pratical?? why would someone wrap a bike in leather? whats up with the flask? are you going to ride and drink whiskey at the same time you ride it? or is it supposed to carry a whole sip of water? and i dont think carrying too much weight on a fixed gear is a good idea. at leas its got a brake.

    thats not really a bike, its just art.

  • http://www.rosspatton.com Ross

    I always wonder why so many bikers get upset at more artistic bikes. If car enthusiasts only bought vehicles that were 100% practical we’d all be driving hybrid mini-vans.

    Why wrap a bike in leather? Why not?

  • http://lovelybike.blogspot.com/ Lovely Bicycle!

    I saw this bike some time ago on, I think, the maker’s website. For me, this one’s over the top. The leather pieces are too large; they dominate the bicycle and disrupt the unity of the main triangle. I appreciate the work and thought that was put into this, but I think the same statement could have been made better with less.

  • fernando

    to make things simpler:

    its lika a concept car. it will influence other bike designs, but nobodys going to ride it.

  • jimmythefly

    Fascinating as a style exercise. I’m sure it’s rideable, but I would have much preferred it to have actual porteur geometry. Other typical accessories like fenders and chaincases are debatable, as clearly this is not trying to imitate what has come before, only using them as a touch point. Still, this is a track bike with a front rack, not a porteur.

    As it is, handling will be not nearly as good as it could be when loaded.

  • Harry Farquhar

    I can almost smell the leather just looking at it. How much leather is too much? When it looks that good it’s hard to say. The website promises that leather wrapping tutorials are coming soon.

  • Maxiteixeiramendes

    You guys are crazy.. i’ve done much better than this. the leather job is really poor craftmanship.