Boneshaker Porteur

Boneshaker Magazine wanted a bike that could cope with the strain of delivering stacks of the magazine to stockists around the hills of Bristol town.

Modelled on the old porteurs of Paris, I built the bike with a huge front rack. In the 40’s and 50’s, Parisienne porteur riders delivered newspapers around the city, and raced annually, from the newspaper quarter to Montmartre with their front racks filled with the news, their heads with the glory.

A mix of Reynolds 853 and 631 tubing, I beefed up the front end, tucked the chain stays in to make the bike stiff at the front but still nippy and fun. 650b x 42c tyres, and a low trail steering geometry keeps the front loads in check.

Dynamo lighting is integrated into the front rack and under the saddle, stainless French mudguards and a custom stem keep the look clean and classic. The rest of the parts were sourced 2nd hand from the Bristol Bike Project.