detail Porteur

detail Porteur
Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery. But a porteur bicycle works to a certain formula, so if the underlying theme is chrome, then the view from the top of the mountain will be the same, regardless of the route taken.

Matthew Conway and the fellows at Yorkshire design agency, detail, were inspired by Alex Hatfield’s chrome Lee Cooper frame that won the award for Best Porteur at the recent Bespoked Bristol Handmade Bicycle Show. After chancing upon a chrome Carlton frame, circa-1970s, for a pittance, the long journey began to source appropriate components. eBay provided most of them, and Matt demonstrated his eye for detail through the spec sheet: Campagnolo headset and crank set, Nitto Technomic stem, a copper-rivetted Brooks Swift, salmon Koolstop brake pads et al. The polished aluminum fenders, porteur bars and rack were catered by Velo Orange. detail applied a few custom touches of their own, like leather cable straps, fender washers and p-clip, and oak slats on the rack. My favorite items are the lights: there’s a Miller dynamo on the front and a 1960s Delite on the rear, which have both been retro-fitted with LEDs.

Special thanks to Matt Conway for the tip-off. The full spec sheet is on detail‘s website.

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  • As you point out so often, details matter. 

    The leather cable guides are a twee affectation, but the leather washers on the brake studs (without even a stainless washer between the leather and the smaller hex nut) are overtly stupid. This is why God made Nylock nuts. The use of asymmetric quill pedals without the toe clips that they were designed for indicates an absence of critical thinking.

    Fail.

  • boutde

    brake pads on backwards! bwaaahaha fail. and why use a leather washer? why? what do the porteur sect have against cows?

    • Leather washers reduce vibratory rattles, dontcha know.

      • Smut Pedaller

        I’ll start off that this is a beautiful bike, nicely detailed.  Is there a dynamo missing or are they battery powered somehow?Leather washers are intended for stopping rattles between the mudguards and their fixings to the frame, not for the brake bolts, brake bolts seldom rattle.  In fact I would suspect that the brake bolts are probably insufficiently tight as the leather washer would prevent you from getting the required torque on the nut (which really should also be threadlocked and/or a nyloc nut tsk tsk!)

  • Philip

    Is the planks for the rack self made or can I find them for purchase somewhere? Only drawback with the VO rack atmo. 

    • Matt Conway

      Philip, The wooden rack for the VO porteur rack was made by ourselves. We are going to start making them to order as we have had quite a lot of interest. If your interested in buying one get in contact thought our site and I will send you some more details.

      • Philip

        Ok, thanks for the info! Might just drop you a line soon..

      • Roberto Garrubba

        The price?

  • Faskdjfhsdjk

    that headlight will be full of water in no time, its not watertight when mounted opside down.

    • Howard

      I doubt this type of bike will ever see rain.

  • Howard

    Canti brakes would be more appropriate, IMO. Curious to hear how those CST’s hold up in the real world. Beautiful build though; nice work!

  • Berto Lucci

    I want it 🙂 where I can buy it?