Maybe this simultaneously signals the apocalypse of pretentious fixies and uselessly precious and fragile “porteur” bikes, each lifestyle accessories for their own subculture: The leather wrapped fixie/porteur! Who woulda thunk?
A couple tidbits from the “Ateliers d’Embellie” site:
“This is a “Porteur bike”, which mix my passions : leather craft, urban style, fashion and luxury…
Entirely handmade with rare, vintage and NOS parts, this bike is unique.”
“In the streets, this bike mixes the agility & the reactivity of the track frame, to the comfort from the big tires or the large front rack.”
“Powerful as much as elegant with the chrome, the copper touches and the color scheme, which is a classic vintage grey with brown leather hand made detailing.”
A couple questions:
1. What happens to the leather seat tube when you move the axle forward from the rear of the rear fork pads?
1b. …or when the axle slips forward. Will that rear wheel really stay in place with those leather axle washers? Methinks not.
2. If you’re going to build a cost-no-object obsessa-bike why use such a crude frame and bottom of the line parts such as the cheap pedals and tires?
3. What does one actually DO with such a bike, besides show it to your friends?