Whereas a ‘carrier cycle’ or ‘tradesman’s bike’ was a common sight on British roads, in France the ‘velo porteur’ was usually a normal bicycle with added baskets. The exception was when a business such as a butcher needed local deliveries that were too heavy for a lightweight bicycle, in which case they ordered a heavy duty bicycle such as this, with a smaller front wheel to accommodate a larger load.
Above: The normal style of French ‘velo porteur’, ie diamond frame and equal wheel size, with a front carrier added.
Below: A dedicated French carrier bike, used for butchers’ deliveries.
1950s Dilecta ‘Type Special’ Carrier Bicycle
This rare French delivery bicycle is in well preserved original condition, with all its transfers (decals) intact, and it’s ready to ride (and deliver).