It’s easy to tell when someone is passionate about what they do. Mitch Pryor exhibits that trait with each build he creates; it’s obvious he’s intent on establishing MAP Bicycles as a premium providore of boutique touring bicycles. This is his 2011 Randonneur Project, and it may just appear to be a big blue bike, but a closer inspection reveals the details that exposes Mitch’s ardor for this culture.
The Randonneur Project is manufactured as a custom sized frame from tubes you can select yourself, in consultation with Mitch. They’re built around a 650b wheel diameter, allowing the frame to take advantage of a more agile and traditional geometry. Details such as bidon and fender mounts, generator lighting and luggage racks can be specified according to your desires. On this version, a double crown sits atop the fork, holding in place a Honjo fender and Schmidt Edelux headlight. High-polished Stronglight cranks and chain rings maintain an old-world charisma while the transmission is maintained by a Campagnolo derailleur. The paint is a superb detail, red pin lining around the derailleur hanger is connected to the globe MAP logo on the downtube, a subtle contrast to the graphic bombardment presented in most modern bike shops. You can contact Mitch through his website, and local and interstate road maps can be sourced from your local Texaco.