Notice: I am taking custom bag orders but due to the variable prices of this custom product it is not possible at this moment to order a custom bag trough the shop. To get started with a custom bag project all you have to do is to get in touch by filling out the contact form on the contact page.
A porteur bag is probably my personal favourite. I just love how they look, but also really like the super practical way of transporting items on a bike. They are great on bike- and daypacking adventures, but are also perfect for a run to the groceries store or any other place. They just add a lot of space to your bike to carry things. The rolltop closure allows the bag 'to grow' with your cargo. Perfect!
The (relatively small / 10 Liter) Porteur bag for my Crust Mini Rack fits (with room to spare): down jacket, 1L pot, coffee supplies, large can of soup, small emergency kit. It will also hold my summer sleep system: summer sleeping bag, sleeping mat and tarp.
A Porteur bag needs a front rack for support unlike modern bikepacking bags. They add a lot of utility to your bike even when the bag is not on the rack. There are several different types of front racks suited for a porteur bag:
The Porteur rack features the largest platfrom of all front racks and has the capability to bear the heaviest loads. They often have the ability to mount front panniers to the side of the rack.
Awesome porteur racks: CETMA Half Rail, Soma Porteur (Deluxe), Velo Orange Porteur Rack, BLB Frontier, Specialized Pizza Rack
The Demi-porteur rack often is a bit smaller compared to the full sized porteurs and mount halfway on the fork legs. This makes a perfect base for a lighter set-up on an offroad touring bike or a gravel bike.
Awesome Demi-Porteur racks: Crust mini rack, Soma Demi Porteur, Rawland Demi-Porteur, Velo Orange Flat Pack Rack, Surly 24-Pack Rack
Randonneur front rack
A randonneur front rack has the smallest platfrom of the 3 racks and therefore is a little less suitable for a large porteur bag, but is still a very nice platform for a smaller sized porteur bag or for a basket to fit a basket bag! Basketpacking, anyone?
Awesome Randonneur front racks: Nitto Mini front 32F, Nitto Front M18, Velo Orange Randonneur Front, Velo Orange Constructeur front rack, Surly 8-Pack rack, Soma Champs Elysees
Let's talk about the bag first just like we would do if you'd be looking for a custom framebag. We'll discuss the bike and rack, fabrics, colors, pockets, straps etc. When we've agreed on the features and specifications I'll need some dimensions of your front rack so it'll properly fit and the tie-down straps match with the rack. If that's all set I'll get to work to create your dream porteur bag!
This product is permanently out of stock. Reach out trough the contact page when you'd like to have a bag made or if you have any questions.
A little backstory about Porteuring: It's no coincidence that the word Porteur is derived from the old French 'Portour' since it all started in Paris. Portour means: Carrier or Bringer/Bearer. Porteur bikes were used during the 40's and 50's in the French capital to haul newspapers from the printing presses to the news stands in the city. You could say that they were the original bike messengers as most couriers were amateur racers.