This Mariposa frame and fork was built in 1971 with Nervex lugs and Reynolds 531 tubing. The bike was one of the first out of the shop at 175 King St in downtown Toronto. It was ridden all over the world by the original customer until 2014 when he decided it was time to get rid of his bikes as he had stopped riding all together. He brought them to the shop for us to fix up and sell. The frame was purchased by Yannick Grandmont who asked us to make several small modifications/updates during the restoration:
- Added eyelets for the Front Bag Support (pair)
- Added bottle bosses
- Added center pull brake bosses (pair) for Mafac Competition gold anondized brakes.
- Added a gear lever boss on seat tube to control the Sanyo bottom bracket generator
- Added a pump peg on the headtube underneath the top tube
The frame and fork were repainted in the original dark green colour with gold lug lining and vintage Mariposa red and gold decals. A new old stock Silca Pump and Honjo fenders were painted to match.
We handbuilt carriers for the bicycle in the Mariposa workshop:
- Front Bag Support, handmade with steel tubing and chrome plated.
- Decaleur handmade with steel and then chrome plated.
We made a custom stem for the bicycle as well.
Yannick purchased several vintage components from Mariposa Bicycles – Bicycle Specialties Ltd. and then assembled the bicycle himself. He recently rode it from Toronto to Montreal.
- Stem: Custom handbuilt Mariposa Stem Quill 10 cm.
- Handlebar: Philippe professional 40cm
- Headset: Tange
- Brakes: Mafac Centrepull Competition Gold
- Brake Levers: Mafac Gold
- Crankset: Specialites TA Crankset 170mm plus chainrings 50/34
- Derailleurs and Levers: Simplex SLJ5000 Gold
- Hubs: Maxi-Car
- Rims: Salsa Delgado Cross
- Spokes: Sapim D-Light (36)
- Tires: Compass Stampede Pass 700C x 32mm
- Freewheel: Maillard 14-28
- Saddle: Brooks B-17
- Seatpost: Laprade
- Carriers: Mariposa custom handbuilt
- Tire generated lighting: Sanyo Dynamo
- Fenders: Honjo Fenders with custom fender stays (handmade and chrome plated). The fenders were painted to match with stripes.
- Handlebar bag: Gilles Berthoud
- Pump: Silca
- The parts (Mafac Simplex Handlebar) were taken from a Peugeot PY-10 that was crashed and in very rough shape.
- The wheels were built and the bike was finished 2 days before I headed up to Toronto for the bike ride.
- The Brooks saddle was “stolen” from a CCM Flyer that was raced by Québécois Doug Perron who won races in the late 1930-50’s as it is the only saddle I knew wouldn’t give me pain. I’ll put it back on the CCM eventually.
- Wed: 160km
- Thu: 180km
- Fri: 200km
- Sat: 140km
Photography by Yannick Grandmont