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Former Portland bike builder Mitch Pryor loses home and shop in Camp Fire

Avatar by on November 13th, 2018 at 12:32 pm

Screen shot from GoFundMe page.

The Camp Fire that ravaged through the small town of Paradise, California burned through the shop of a former Portland bicycle builder.

Mitch Pryor and his MAP Bicycles burst onto the Oregon building scene in 2008. Less than a year later he took home Best City Bike honors at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

Mitch left Portland for Chico, California in 2012 to be closer to family. He had recently opened a shop nestled in the woods in Paradise. I haven’t heard directly from Mitch yet, but friends say his new home and shop were completely destroyed in the fire. He lost everything — parts, supplies, machines, tools — and escaped with only the clothes on his back.

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Local builder roundup: Argonaut does carbon fiber, MAP moves, OBCA show, and more

Avatar by on September 7th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Portland based builder Ben Farver of Argonaut Cycles
has emerged with a new focus on custom carbon fiber.
(Photo: Argonaut Cycles)

In recent years, I haven’t kept pace with all the great work being done by our talented crop of bike makers here in Portland. For whatever reason, I don’t do as many shop visits and profiles as I used to. So, in an effort to catch up a bit, here are a few news tidbits from Portland’s craft bike industry…

Argonaut relaunches with custom carbon fiber
Ben Farver, the man behind Argonaut Cycles, started making custom bicycles in 2007. He launched as a steel specialist and made beautiful bikes. One of his track bikes won “Best of Show” at the 2008 Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show. But then, a few years back, I stopped hearing about him. [Read more…]

Portland builder earns “Best City Bike” at NAHBS (again)

Avatar by on March 2nd, 2009 at 7:19 am

This beauty from Mitch Pryor (MAP Bicycles) took home “Best City Bike” honors at NAHBS in Indianapolis over the weekend.
(Photo: NAHBS)

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