I am a subscriber of Momentum Magazine which I highly recommend for anyone interested in keeping up with the fashion trends of active transportation. In the current issue I saw an ad for the Faraday Porteur.
As you may know I design e-bikes http://saltspringcycle.ca. So a well crafted, classically styled, North American made e-bike caught my eye.
Faraday Bicycles™ is a new company dedicated to bicycle innovation and design. They are clearly passionate about their designs. And like me, they believe that better bikes make a better world.
I was really taken by the design of the Faraday Porteur -- in particular, the integrated battery, classic upright riding position and attention to detail.
An upright riding possession really enhances the rider experience. It allows you to take in the world while you ride and enjoy your surroundings.
Having electric pedal assist makes this bike a fantastic choice for older riders like me, as well as anyone who lives in a hilly area. This bike is perfect for Vancouver or the Ontario Escarpment.
Because I have designed a similar bike http://evlife.ca/articles/public-transportation, I really appreciated seeing the classic European bike style of the 1940’s and 50’s. I am also a great fan of Brooks England saddles and accessories. I have outfitted all of my bikes with these.
Another very important design feature of the Porteur is the integrated control system. It makes this e-bike a turn-key solution for any rider. The availability of a built in cargo rack welded directly to the frame is a real bonus.
And lastly I can not say enough good things about having a belt drive system. This makes any bike ride smooth and clean. You will never again have to worry about getting those tweed pant legs soiled with chain grease.
The Faraday project was a crowd source funding success. And I for one, would love to have one of these incredible bicycles. I just need a bigger garage :-)
You can learn more about the Faraday Porteur here: http://www.faradaybikes.com