The bikes I build reflect the growing urge to make cycling a part of everyday life. Bicycles made for work, for travel, and to carry you through your day can be more than just practical. It is my passion to combine traditional methods and materials with a contemporary view towards building bicycles that are above all useful, elegant, and timeless.
MAP bicycles is owner and builder Mitch Pryor. Located in Chico, California, Mitch builds fine handmade steel bicycles one at a time and has learned the craft of framebuilding from master builder and painter Doug Fattic. Mitch has refined and expanded on these skills to include rack building with the help of fellow builder Joseph Ahearne.
Each MAP bicycle is built from a custom blend of steel tubing from True Temper, Reynolds, Columbus or Kaisei based on a number of factors. Rider weight, intended use, frame size, and ride characteristics all play a role in tubing selection. The individual selection of tubes allows for the best possible ride and is part of what makes each frameset truly custom.
All MAP bicycles are built using lugged construction, are fillet-brazed, or utilize a combination of these methods. Lugs are chosen based on aesthetic preference and design constraints from Henry James, Pacenti Cycle Designs, and Richard Sachs lugs whenever possible. Limited numbers of vintage lug sets are available to compliment more classic bicycle builds.