Mitch Pryor – Map BicyclesPosted: June 2, 2011
Yesterday I cycled down to N.Page Street, Portland, to pay a visit to Mitch Pryor of Map Bicycles. I had a good excuse to gatecrash Mitch’s workshop as I’d bought a lug vice from Herbie Helm while I was going up and down the East Coast, and Herbie sent the vice to his friend Mitch so that I could pick it up when I got to Portland.
Mitch shares this space with Joseph Ahearne of Ahearne Cycles.
Mitch went to study frame building with Doug Fattic in 2004, and uses Doug’s frame jig:
Mitch moved to this space 4 years ago, when it was empty, but now there is a bike store at one end of the building, Metropolis Cycles, and 2 other cycle-related people have also moved in recently next door.
Mitch also makes very fine racks; made from 4130 chromoly tubing, which comes from a company called Dillsberg in Pennsylvania in 8ft lengths.
The racks must be sanded and polished very carefully, as the chrome-plating will not hide any file marks, etc. Mitch told me that there are 3 chrome platers in the Portland area.
The cantilever bosses are put on with the help of the Anvil canti-boss jig:
My next stop is Vanilla Bicycles.