Matthew Conway of design agency detail, designed this beautiful bicycle called porteur. They sourced a chrome Carlton frame, circa-1970s, then they started the long journey to source appropriate components such as Campagnolo headset and crank set, Nitto Technomic stem, a copper-riveted Brooks saddle. The result, well nothing much to add to such a work, I am in complete awe.
from the detail design website
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.