CUSTOM PORTEUR BICYCLE PROJECT
Full details of the custom bicycle build project we have been undertaking through the autumn of 2011
We wanted to create a full chrome 1950′s porteur style bicycle. Our inspiration came in the form of Alex hatfield’s excellent handbuilt porteur bicycle which won best porteur at the Bespoke Bristol Handmade Bicycle Show this year. Unfortunately we didn’t have a spare £3500 the bicycle was later for sale for on eBay so, we decided to make our own very much cut price copy.
We spent the best part of three months sourcing all of the parts needed to build the bicycle. The hardest thing to source of the whole project was a chrome frame with front and rear mudguard eyelets. We were very lucky to find a 1970′s Chrome Carlton for sale which we picked up for a pittance and after a week of cleaning, polishing and cutting out the stuck seatpost! gave us a good base to start the build. We set ourselves are very small budget considering the Velo Orange Porteur rack, mudguards and a Brooks saddle all cost premium prices. For the rest of parts we have good old eBay to thank which threw up some amazing bargains.
Frame & Forks: Nickel plated 1970′s Carlton Frame (unknown model)
Headset: Campagnolo Nuovo
Stem: Nitto Technomic
Handlebars: VO Porteur Bars
Bar Tape: Fizik Honey finished with leather cord
Brake Levers: Dia Compe Brown Reverse
Brake Calipers:Front: Tektro Dual Pivot 520A & Rear: Alhonga Dual Pivot V.Long Drop
Brake Blocks: Koolstop Salmon
Saddle: Brooks Swift Honey
Seatpost: System EX Polished Aluminium
Bottom Bracket: Shimano 115mm
Crankset: Vintage Campagnolo with 52t chainring
Pedals: MKS Sylvan
Chain: KMC Z610HX 3/32″ track chain
Freewheel Cog: Dicta Chrome 18t
Rims: Rigida 27″ 1 1/4 polished alloy
Tyres: White CST imported from USA
Mudguards: VO polished Aluminium 45mm
Lights: Front Miller dynamo| Rear Delite 1960′s NOS. Both retro fitted with LED flashlights.
Custom Parts: Leather cable straps, leather washers, leather mudguard p-clip & oak wooden slats + fixing kit.