Molly mentioned recently that a messenger friend [Lane Kagay] was in town [in Portland] and included a link to his bicycle rack making business on her blog, his business is Cetma Racks. They’re nice looking Porteur style racks solidly constructed in three styles out of tubular steel. His site further supports my belief that for cyclo-touring all you need is a good front rack.
Anyhow, I was flipping through the pictures in the gallery of racks and paused when I happened across this one:
As far as I can tell this is a picture of Ryan Swanson with a sweet Shark / Man / Bicycle rig wearing his standard Portland, Oregon costume. Note how the shark head is attached to the Cetma rack. This bicycle seems to have taken the place of Ryan’s old black Bianchi hybrid. Granted this is all speculation, the masked man may very well be a good impostor Ryan Swanson.
Another telling image from the gallery was this one:
I guess if I had spent more time in either Eugene, Oregon or Olympia, Washington this would’ve been me. This kid seems pretty intent on welding some mean bicycles.
As a final image, Wikipedia’s image entry of the modern Cogswell Porteur:
See http://kogswell.com for less nonsense, go to Eugene to weld.