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Old 01-25-19, 05:41 AM
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Show us your "Porteur" style bike!!

Been hanging here long enough and never started one of these threads...One thing that surprises me here is that there isn't enough interest in porteur style bike setups. I find it a bit surprising. I guess to me, the style is super utilitarian and I always loved the looks. Maybe it's ahead of its time? Maybe it will start being popular here in the U.S. pretty soon?

Anyway, I am posting my Super Course...I have not front rack as I just removed it because I currently have this Super Course for sale locally. I am building another "Porteur" at the moment to replace it...a burgundy Peugeot "Ventoux" PH501 that I picked up to turn to a retro roadie...things changed once I seen how much tire clearance I had...I can fit 35c on the Peugeot for sure and some fenders, but it appears I can even fit some 38's!

I am awaiting some parts for the Peugeot but as soon as I finish the build, I will post to this thread as well. Looking forward to your Porteur's!!!

Anyway, here is a start:

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To qualify as a porteur, a bike would have to be able to porter something, I'd think. 15kg of newspapers, for instance:

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To qualify as a porteur, a bike would have to be able to porter something, I'd think. 15kg of newspapers, for instance:

yeah...or just a front rack for those papers, etc as I mentioned above...I removed mine to put on my replacement...
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Heres my PX-5 that I recently sold

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Last time I rode a "porteur" was when I was a paperboy (NY Daily News, LI Press) in the early 70 s. I believe it was a Schwinn (was there anything else?) with a monster steel basket hanging off the handlebars. It was more like driving a Mack truck than riding a bike. As a 13 year old, I had no idea I was piloting a "porteur"!
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Not a traditional porteur but it's what I got.
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Not a traditional porteur but it's what I got.
Holy cow! That looks so much like my paper delivery bike!

Mine did have a way-cool coaster brake though...
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To qualify as a porteur, a bike would have to be able to porter something, I'd think. 15kg of newspapers, for instance:
Like this? Or is this more of a wheelbarrow?

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Like this? Or is this more of a wheelbarrow?

Some people are just more serious about hauling things with their bike than others. This picture reminded me of two photos that a co-worker shared after a trip to China (with his original captions).

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I welcome this thread. I have been eyeing a nice porter bar and stem in the LBS’s dark bin and have the crusty front basket already. Maybe sometime this spring I will drag a frame down from the shed a bring one to life.

Look forward to more pics.
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Gazelle Grand Tourist. 3-speed with drum brakes and dynamo lights.
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Feast yours eyes on this! No, it's not my bike. At a local free bike museum event that I went to recently. NDS picture because it was too close to the wall. The rack is welded to the frame, a nice touch. Soma brand, anyone know the model? It didn't say.




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@Piff thats the Soma Tradesman.
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How about a vintage MTB porteur?

1992 Bridgestone MB-2 with some swept back bars and front rack/basket.

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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
Some people are just more serious about hauling things with their bike than others. This picture reminded me of two photos that a co-worker shared after a trip to China (with his original captions).

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I need splainin. He seems to be behind the pile, riding blind, but the other rider, with a hand on the pile, appears to be headed the opposite direction. Or maybe the porter is sitting backwards? I am so confused.

Edit-I think I was seeing the porter wrong. Dark pic on phone.
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Gazelle Grand Tourist. 3-speed with drum brakes and dynamo lights.
What rack is that? Whole setup looks pretty sweet!

I like the setup on the PX5 too! Love those beefy tires!
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I need splainin. He seems to be behind the pile, riding blind, but the other rider, with a hand on the pile, appears to be headed the opposite direction. Or maybe the porter is sitting backwards? I am so confused.
I think it's a trike and the guy in front of the pile of washing machines is facing forward. What I need help understanding is how two guys are able to propel that pile of washing machines forward.
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I think it's a trike and the guy in front of the pile of washing machines is facing forward. What I need help understanding is how two guys are able to propel that pile of washing machines forward.
Yeah I was thinking that there's gotta be a motor set up on the trike, for my own ego's sake.

Or maybe they've already been gutted of their internals and are being taken to the local scrapyard?
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Yeah I was thinking that there's gotta be a motor set up on the trike, for my own ego's sake.

Or maybe they've already been gutted of their internals and are being taken to the local scrapyard?
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I think porteurs should be French:

70s St. Etienne road bike 650b conversion w/ a porteur rack from "the rack lady":


But I've also done that with a SuperCourse:



And my regular commuter--a Bridgestone RB-T--sports a front basket. Very useful:

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What rack is that? Whole setup looks pretty sweet!

I like the setup on the PX5 too! Love those beefy tires!
It's a Basil Portland High rack. Aluminum rails only the bottom legs are chromed (?) steel.
Nice rack though a bit too wide for Dutch bike racks. I would probably put a Pelago commuter front rack M on my next build as it is significantly narrower.
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Here is my Puch with some Belleri porteur bars that I snagged at a garage sale.


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1992 Univega Via Carisma in current configuration, with AGU handlebar bag just large enough for a 15 lb bag of cat food.

Pending installation of proper front rack to fit the fork mounts. I have a rear rack but need to chase the buggered threads on one lug.

Otherwise it's nearly a proper errand and casual ride bike.

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