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    Any Toronto custom Steel road bike frame builders?

    I'm doing research for a future custom Steel road bike, but don't see any frame builders in Toronto. I know of Marinoni (Quebec), True North and some Vancouver names. I had heard of Mariposa, but I don't think they're around anymore.

    I've looked at some UK and US builders, but wanted to avoid shipping costs and having to just email and talk by phone. I'd rather meet a builder in person.

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    True North is only an hour out of TO. I think that as good as you are going to get.
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    Cogs cycle makes custom frames. They have a few on display.

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    True North does some nice work. There's a frame builder that does stainless as well as columbus nivacrom:

    http://www.sandsmachine.com/bp_jst.htm

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    Guru is in Laval, just outside of Montreal (I know that's not exactly local).

    Gears Toronto, 109 Vanderhoof Ave., Toronto, is a dealer.

    Their custom steel Sidero (Columbus Spirit) frameset is $2,200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooper View Post
    Guru is in Laval, just outside of Montreal (I know that's not exactly local).

    Gears Toronto, 109 Vanderhoof Ave., Toronto, is a dealer.

    Their custom steel Sidero (Columbus Spirit) frameset is $2,200.

    www.gurubikes.com
    I was going to suggest Guru as well. FWIW, they really do stand behind their products. I had a problem with a BB on a Guru, and they're taking care of it. I should have the replacement in another week or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keppler View Post
    Mariposa, but I don't think they're around anymore.
    Mike Barry Sr retired from frame building. He's the father of Mike Barry Jr - Sky pro racer.
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    Talk with Noah at Vélocolour. He's frame painter (who started with Mike Barry) and he knows all the builders in the area.

    EDIT: Also ask around over at Velocipede Salon, a forum for framebuilders and their fans. As I recall there's someone around London ON who builds a nice frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brucew View Post
    As I recall there's someone around London ON who builds a nice frame.
    Hmmmm I can't imagine who that would be. It's just down the road from me and I know the cycling scene well. A buddy of mine who lives there has built a few for himself but not for sale. The closest one I know of is True North in Guelph, 85 miles from London.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    85 miles from London.
    Wait a minute... You have miles in Ontario?

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    Don't know if they're any good or if they are still making frames, but I remember seeing Jester from Welland, ON a few years back.

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    Blacksmith Cycles can order a custom bike for you. They work with Alchemy, Baum, Independent Fabrication, Passoni and Parlee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brucew View Post
    Wait a minute... You have miles in Ontario?
    I do. Most other people (except those as old as me) use those new fangled km thingies. I can go both ways (don't take that the wrong way eh) but my Mrs always says "You're gonna have to tell me how many miles that is".

    Oh by the way - when I'm talking on USA based sites or to people I know are in the USA I always use miles and degrees Fahrenheit.

    My bike computer is set to read Miles. It's weird that we still measure lumber in Imperial up here and all bulk stuff (gravel, mulch etc) is measured in cubic yards. I guess we only went partially metric in the early '70s. We measure the human body in pounds and feet and inches. I'm sure there are way more examples.
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    Hi.

    this is. A bit late for this post but I am a frame builder and plan on moving to Toronto later this year. Just in case you know anyone that's still interested in a frame.

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