Google Maps couldn’t actually calculate the exact distance from Whistler, B.C. to the region of Patagonia, South America. Let’s just call it a long way. It’s a motorcycle tour that Jordan Hufnagel and James Crowe have just embarked upon and have spent over a year planning and preparing for.
Part of that undertaking has been their West America venture, an outlet for their tooling skills. A final fundraiser for their trip is the sale of one of Jordan’s Porteur bikes, an elegant and robust workhorse that he regards as his ultimate bike.
The Hufnagel Porteur / City Bike Project made quite an impression when it appeared in December 2011. Featuring accessories like a waxed cotton tool roll by Lemolo Bags and a custom glass ‘bidon’ by Blake Hudson, it was available in numerous configurations and handlebar styles.
Before he set off for his Trans-American tour, Jordan built another Porteur with all the custom racks and accoutrements. The 56cm seat tube / 61cm top tube is now for sale, at the very reasonable price of US$7,000 plus shipping.
“It’s built with the Schmidt SONdelux SL front hub,” Jordan tells us, “that operates without wire connectors and instead transmits the electric current for the lights through the axle and specially-built fork.” The wires are internally routed so the wheel can be removed just like a standard wheel.
The brushed aluminum handlebars are custom-machined to allow the use of Paul Component’s reverse-brake levers. “The levers bolt straight into the bars,” Jordan says, “it’s pretty slick. Nice reverse levers for this thickness bar are hard to find so I’m stoked that we made this work.”
Jordan points out that the rear dropouts are “vintage Zeus track ends that a pal sent my way a while back. I think they are awesome and you certainly won’t find too many other bikes rolling around with them.” Just one of the small details that make a Hufnagel such a sought-after bike.