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Porteur of Paris Bike- Tweed bike rides and Bastille day treasure! - $300 (Newton)

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bicycle type: cruiser
frame size: 58cm
wheel size: 650B
bicycle frame material: steel
brake type: caliper
handlebar type: cruiser
condition: good
make / manufacturer: unknown
model name / number: Porteur
This is a great city bike, comfortable with 650b wheels and tires and upright bars for relaxed riding. This would also be the ideal bike Bastille Day July 24 to show your French connections or ride in the parade in NYC.

The bike has mostly vintage French parts including Simplex derailleurs, shifters and chainguard, a single CLB front brake and lever that is the tradition for porteur bikes, Stronglight crankset, Guid stem and a steel front rack with a wood deck. I don't know the maker of the vintage fenders, hopefully someone will recognize them. The bike has a new Velo Orange 650b wheelset and new Velo Orange porteur handlebars. The vintage head and tail lights are not operational. I don't know the history of the bike. I know it was owned by an older man from France and that the bike was important to him. The frame is height is 58cm center of crank to center of the top tube and the reach is 57cm center of seat tube to center of the stearer tube.

Following WWII autos were expensive and scarce. Porteur bikes in Paris delivered up to 7 editions of newspapers from the presses to news stands per day. They were paid by how many papers they delivered so carrying up to 50 pounds per trip as fast as you could on cobble streets on a bicycle could be very profitable. They competed for the closest stands and the least hilly routes and the best supposedly made more any than the editors. The tradition continued well into the 60's.
They also competed in races on the same bikes on the streets of Paris and were cheered by the locals.

The bikes had to be sturdy with strong steel racks and needed wider, stable tires. The standard tires were 650b's The tire is similar circumferences to a 700c but the rims smaller for a wider softer tire to absorb the impact of cobble stone streets carrying heavy loads without frequent flat tires. The bikes are prized collectables in France with the most famous being early Rene' Herse bicycles that are quite valuable. This frame has no serial number or identifying marks that I found. It has been repainted so identifying names unknown. Many bike frames were made locally but I have no way to identify this frame.

The price is fairly firm. Please include a phone number for texts to avoid scammers.

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