I attended UBI’s brazing course in August of 2009. I wanted a practical bicycle to be used for everyday fun, everyday practicality, and everyday style. I already commute daily on a vintage steel bike, but wanted one that I could casually go to the farmer’s market, go the movies, go to dinner, coffee, run weekend errands. I am infatuated with the Porteur style French bicycles of the 1920′s and 30′s that dominated the Parisian streets delivering newspapers and courier goods. It’s upright and comfortable, classic in styling, propped for utility but tweaked for Portland, Ore. living. Some highlights are wooden fenders, leather accouterments, integrated brass bell into stem, and nearly all U.S.A. made parts.