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WE ARE MARIPOSA

Mariposa is a hand built bicycle manufacturer. At mariposa, craftsmen focus on one bike at a time. Your mariposa is created specifically for you: one tube selector, one cutter, one machinist, one builder, one painter, one assembler.

From the first frame handbuilt in 1969, Mariposa has been about one goal: building the ideal bicycle for the customer.

Unlike most bicycles, which are produced by machines on assembly lines, Mariposas have always been handbuilt by cyclists for cyclists. One tube selector, one cutter, one machinist, one builder, one painter, one assembler. Every Mariposa is built t o its riders needs. Every tube angle, material and component selection is made with the rider in mind.

In an age when bicycles, even costly ones, have become interchangeable and almost disposable, Mariposas, like a fine watch, are built to last a lifetime. There are no gimmicks or the latest fads. We believe that integrity of design cannot be separated from quality of construction.

We are experienced cyclists. The builders and owners have raced in the Tour de France, raced in the Olympics, won National road, cyclocross, criterium and track titles, thrashed over the cobbled roads in the toughest northern European races, won World Championships, have toured extensively throughout the world, and make our daily way through the city by bike.

Cycling is our lives.

OUR BIKES

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Randonneur

Touring & Randonneur

DETAILS

  • These bicycles are built for long distances with carriers to carry light loads.
  • Integrated generator or battery lights can be specified.
  • Tube set: Columbus or True Temper Lightweight
  • Basic Build Options:
    • Fork: Mariposa Custom Steel Fork or Carbon
    • Stem: Mariposa custom handmade, Cinelli 1A, Nitto or Thomson Elite X2
    • Handlebar: Cinelli, Nitto or Ritchey classic
    • Seat post: Nitto or Paul
    • Wheel Set: Handbuilt (Chris King R45 Hubs, Gran Bois or Ambrosio Rims, DT Swiss double butted Spokes)
    • Tires: Gran Bois or Compass
    • Headset: Chris King
    • Saddle: Customer Choice
    • Carriers: Mariposa Custom
    • Fenders: Honjo aluminium with custom Mariposa stays
    • Brakes: Paul or Tektro
    • Lights:  Schmidt with internal wiring

PAINT + DECALS

  • One colour plus highlight standard. Custom paint and chrome are available upon request.

COMPONENT GROUP OPTIONS

  • Shimano
  • Campagnolo
  • Specialités TA
  • SRAM

 

Note: Mariposa can be built with your choice of components. For details and price quotes, please contact us.

City

City (Urban)

DETAILS

  • These bicycles are built for efficient urban riding with internal gear hubs (or single speed), integrated lighting, mudguards and capacity to carry light or heavy loads.
  • Tube set: Columbus
  • Basic Build Options:
    • Fork: Mariposa steel
    • Stem: Cinelli, Nitto or custom Mariposa
    • Handlebar: Kalloy or Nitto
    • Seat post: Paul Tall & Handsome, Nitto or Ritchey Classic
    • Wheel Set: Handbuilt wheels with Dynamo and internal gear hubs (SON or Shimano), Mavic or Ambrosio Rims, DT Swiss Double Butted spokes.
    • Tires: Gran Bois, Schwalbe White or Black, Michelin City
    • Headset: Chris King or Tange ML500
    • Saddle: Brooks, Gilles Berthoud (or customer selection)
    • Carriers: Mariposa Custom
    • Fenders: Honjo aluminium with custom Mariposa stays
    • Brakes: Paul or Tektro
    • Lights: Schmidt with internal wiring

PAINT + DECALS

  • One colour plus highlight standard. Custom paint and chrome are available upon request.

COMPONENT GROUP OPTIONS

  • Shimano Alfine or Nexus internal gear rear hub, SON, Shimano Sanyo Dynamo front dynamo hub
  • Paul, Mafac or Tektro Brakes
  • Mariposa Custom carriers and bottle cages
  • Specialités TA

 

Note: Mariposa can be built with your choice of components.  For details and price quotes, please contact us.

Road

Road

DETAILS

  • For road racing, criteriums, fast group rides. These bikes are built for good power transfer, handling, stability at high speed and comfort.
  • Frame and Fork: Columbus or True Temper light weight tubing, Lugged, Silver Soldered, ENVE 1.0 or Ritchey WCS UD Carbon Fork, internal cable routing and on colour plus one highlight colour paint scheme. Price: $3,650 CDN
  • Basic Build Options:
    • Stem: Custom Mariposa, ENVE, Ritchey, PRO, Fi’zik or Thomson
    • Handlebar: ENVE, Ritchey, PRO or Fizik
    • Seat post: ENVE, Paul, Nitto, Ritchey, or Fi’zik
    • Wheel Set: Handbuilt (Chris King R45 or Shimano Hubs, ENVE, HED or H Plus Son Rims, DT Swiss spokes).  All models of Enve, HED, Zipp, Shimano and Campagnolo wheels available to order.
    • Tires: Continental , Challenge, Vittoria, Veloflex or Compass
    • Headset: Chris King or Ritchey
    • Saddle: Customer Choice

PAINT + DECALS

  • One colour plus highlight standard. Custom paint and chrome are available upon request.

COMPONENT GROUP OPTIONS

  • Shimano
  • Campagnolo
  • SRAM

 

Note: Mariposa can be built with your choice of components. For details and price quotes, please contact us.

Cyclocross

Cyclocross

DETAILS

  • Not just for cyclocross racing but also gravel road riding and rough terrain. These bicycles are designed with greater clearance to accommodate larger section tires to improve handling when the going gets rough.
  • Frame and Fork: Columbus light weight tubing, Lugged, Silver Soldered, Ritchey WCS Carbon Disc or Canti Fork, internal cable routing and one colour plus one highlight colour paint scheme. Price: $3,800 CDN
  • Basic Build Options:
    • Stem: ENVE, Ritchey, PRO, Fi’zik, Zipp or Thomson
    • Handlebar: ENVE, Ritchey, Fi’zik, Zipp or PRO
    • Seat post: ENVE, Paul, Fi’zik, PRO, Ritchey, Zipp, Thomson or Nitto
    • Wheel Set: Chris King or Shimano Hubs, Enve, ENVE, HED or H Plus Son rims, DT Swiss Spokes
    • Brakes: Disc or Cantilever
    • Tires: Continental, Challenge or Vittoria
    • Headset: Chris King or Ritchey
    • Saddle: Customer Choice

PAINT + DECALS

  • One colour plus highlight standard. Custom paint and chrome are available upon request.

COMPONENT GROUP OPTIONS

  • Shimano
  • SRAM

 

Note: Mariposa can be built with your choice of components. For details and price quotes, please contact us.

Track

Track

DETAILS

  • These bicycles are built for riding and racing on a velodrome.
  • Frame and Fork: Columbus light weight tubing, Lugged, Silver Soldered, Carbon fork with alloy steer tube and one colour plus on highlight colour paint scheme. Price: $2,475 CDN

PAINT + DECALS

  • One colour plus highlight standard. Custom paint and chrome are available upon request.

COMPONENT GROUP OPTIONS

  • Shimano Dura-Ace, Campagnolo Record, Paul or Miche

 

Note: Mariposa can be built with your choice of components. For details and price quotes, please contact us.

Touring & Randonneur

What You Need to Know

Touring bicycles are our specialty. Our bikes have been ridden for decades in Paris-Brest-Paris, Raid Pyrenean and other Randonneur and long distance events. These bicycles are built for comfort over long rides to carry light loads while remaining resilient, elegant and efficient.

What We Need to Know

The needs and uses for your bicycle, your measurements and your component, accessory and paint colour preferences.

What We Will Work on Together

We will build a relationship with you, from the initial consultation, where we will discuss your needs and uses for the bicycle to the measurement appointment, where we will discuss your specifications and then, to the design, build, and finishing and final fit. The bike will evolve to be yours in every detail.

City (Urban)

What You Need to Know

These bicycles are built for efficient urban riding with integrated lighting, fenders and capacity to carry light and heavy loads.

What We Need to Know

The needs and uses for your bicycle, your measurements and your component, accessory and paint colour preferences.

What We Will Work on Together

We will build a relationship with you, from the initial consultation, where we will discuss your needs and uses for the bicycle to the measurement appointment, where we will discuss your specifications and then, to the design, build, and finishing and final fit. The bike will evolve to be yours in every detail.

Road

What You Need to Know

A lightweight bicycle designed for racing and fast road rides. Mariposa road frames have won numerous National Championship medals and a UCI World Cup.

What We Need to Know

The needs and uses for your bicycle, your measurements, and your component, wheel and colour preferences.

What We Will Work on Together

We will build a relationship with you, from the initial consultation, where we will discuss your needs and uses for the bicycle to the measurement appointment, where we will discuss your specifications and then, to the design, build, and finishing and final fit. The bike will evolve to be yours in every detail.

Cyclocross

What You Need to Know

The first Mariposa, built in 1969, was a track bike, and was ridden on the Delhi track in southern Ontario. Mariposa track bikes have been ridden to several National Championship titles  and at World Champsionships and Commonwealth Games.

What We Need to Know

The needs and uses for your bicycle, your measurements and your component, accessory and paint colour preferences.

What We Will Work on Together

We will build a relationship with you, from the initial consultation, where we will discuss your needs and uses for the bicycle to the measurement appointment, where we will discuss your specifications and then, to the design, build, and finishing and final fit. The bike will evolve to be yours in every detail.

Track

What You Need to Know

The first Mariposa, built in 1969, was a track bike, and was ridden on the Delhi track in southern Ontario. Mariposa track bikes have been ridden to several National Championship titles  and at World Champsionships and Commonwealth Games.

What We Need to Know

The needs and uses for your bicycle, your measurements and your component, accessory and paint colour preferences.

What We Will Work on Together

We will build a relationship with you, from the initial consultation, where we will discuss your needs and uses for the bicycle to the measurement appointment, where we will discuss your specifications and then, to the design, build, and finishing and final fit. The bike will evolve to be yours in every detail.

FRAME AND FORK

Tubeset: Columbus, Reynolds and True Temper lightweight steel butted tubing. Tubing is chosen based on body size and the needs and uses of your bicycle.

PAINT

Standard 1 colour with 1 highlight colour. Quotes for Custom paint jobs on request. All Mariposas are painted with wet paint (not powder coat) to the highest standard.

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FRAMES

Randonneur
City
Road
Cyclocross
Track

COMPONENTS

Groups
Wheels
Handlebars
Saddles
Accessories
Custom

PERSONAL FIT GUIDE

ORDER NOW

  • Book an appointment to discuss your needs and uses for your bicycle and address your questions
  • Bicycle specifications and price quote delivered to customer
  • Deposit $500 non-refundable to be placed in the queue. When building begins, 50% of value will be invoiced. The final 50% will be invoiced when the frame is finished. (Payments can be made through eMail Transfer, Cash, Credit Card or PayPal)
  • Fitting appointment (in-person, although if this is not possible for you, we can build from a completed measurement form)
  • A delivery date will be provided.
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THE MARIPOSA TEAM

DEDE BARRY Captain

Tom Hinton Frame Builder

Peter Morse Painter & Wheel Builder

Walter Lai Photographer

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Mike Barry Sr.

Founder of Mariposa Bicycles, Owner of Bicycle Specialties, will continue to be involved as an advisor and mentor. He continues to build bicycles, carriers and frames, as w ell as refurbish and restore antique bicycles. Mike’s fascination with bicycles and everything cycling started at a very early age . He found that the bicycle opened a world of discovery and adventure from his home in South London, England. Mike competed as a t op category amateur in England before he emigrated to Canada. His intense interest in cycling and bicycles has remained with him following his move to Canada and throughout his life. Mike has organized cyclocross, road and touring events and is a founder of the Toronto Randonneurs. He has managed and sponsored cycling teams and he has also participated in the Raid Pyrenean, L’Eroica and climbed most of the famous cols of France and Italy. Cycling is in his blood, he s till navigates the city of Toronto by bicycle each day and leads weekly group rides outside of the city .

Michael Barry Jr.

Co-leads the business. Michael has been working under Tom and Mike Sr.’s tutelage building and painting bikes since retiring from professional cycling at the end of 2012. As a cyclist, Michael represented Canada at the Olympic Games (’96, ’04, ’08), Commonwealth Games (’94, ;02) and was a World Tour Cyclist (1998-2012). He rode for the most famous teams of his age, including Team Sky, Columbia – High Road, T-Mobile, Discovery Channel, and the US Postal Service team. He competed in the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and Giro d’Italia. With a deep level of experience in bicycle fit and design, as well as a keen attention to detail and eye for style, Michael has a unique skill in translating a cyclist’s specifications to the bike design.

Dede Barry

Co-leads the business. She is a strategist in addition to her many successes in professional cycling. Her unique combination of an international MBA, her creativity and focus allows others to depend on her lead. A natural athlete, Dede grew up in Milwaukee, WI and was introduced to cycling as a form of cross training for speedskating as a teenager. Having raced as a National Team Speedskater for three years, she quickly found success on the bike, winning the 1989 Junior World Championship road race. That was the beginning of a 16 year cycling career. A Silver medalist from the 2004 Athens Olympics and multiple medalist of World, National and Pan-American competitions, she was a member of the United States National Cycling Team as well as the Saturn and T-Mobile professional cycling teams. Although she no longer competes as a cyclist, she is an active athlete, regularly out running, cycling and skiing the many trails in Toronto. She coaches youth cycling, cross-country running and also takes part in charity bike events.

Tom Hinton

Tom is a Master Frame Builder, with over 16 years of Mariposa frame building experience. Tom will lead the Mariposa frame building team. Tom’s focus and attention to detail in each stage of the frame building process, from tube selection, tube cutting, silver soldering, filing, sanding and polishing, makes him a true artisan. Tom’s interest in bicycles extends beyond his talents in frame building.

He is a randonneur and has completed Paris-Brest-Paris.

Bill Worden

Bill is an avid cyclist and vintage car and motorbike enthusiast. He provides Bicycle Specialties Ltd. business operations and legal advice.

Walter Lai

Walter’s passion for bicycles shines through his daily commute and his work. He is a portrait, fashion, and lifestyle photographer, who has generously provided support to Mariposa and Bicycle Specialties for many years. Walter and Mike Barry Sr. are currently engaged in a book project that features Mike Barry Sr.’s vintage bicycle collection.

Thom Antonio

Brand & Design

Peter Morse

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