had this bike built up for a couple of months now, but was waiting
until the configuration was near final to send it in. This is my
build of the Kogswell Porteur/Randonneur frame, configured as a
dedicated Porteur. The crowning touch I was waiting for is the custom
porteur rack, built for me by Portland framebuilder Ira Ryan ( www.iraryancycles.com
how I've built it up:
Shimano Nexus 8-speed "red band" drivetrain, with 170mm Sugino RD
* Shimano's new R550 cantilever brakes, which I think are fabulous,
paired with the R-440 "flat bar road" levers (imo, the only good
looking all-silver standard pull levers on the market right now).
* Silver Ritchey stem (thank you, eBay!)
* On-One's Mary sweep handlebars, since a dedicated porteur should
have semi-upright bars which don't get in the way of your cargo!
lighting, I'm running a Schmidt SON28 generator hub with twin Lumotec
lights, and the Cateye taillights are soon to be replaced by the
blazing Dinotte 3W taillight. Additional little details are a leather
mudflap, and leather washers used in the fender mounting to help
damp any vibrations (both from the impeccably tasteful Velo-Orange).
in all, this is the best ride I've ever owned. It manages to be
simultaneous very comfortable, fast, and agile, all while comfortably
carrying heavy cargo on the front rack.
got a great deal more photos of the bike (perhaps obsessively many)
in these two flickr photosets: