Canadian Framebuilder History Series #2 : J.P. Ryffranck
It’s been awhile since my last post about this important subject ; local bespoke bicycle makers. Last time, we talked about Cyclops Cycles by Mike Mulholland in Toronto. Now, let’s have a look deep inside a builder’s story that’s much more local to us ; Jean-Pierre Ryffranck.
My first contact with one of Jean-Pierre Ryffranck’s work was a friend of mine who posted a track frame for sale in Sherbrooke. I immediately knew it was something special. It’s not everyday you see a frameset well painted, well built, silver fillet brazed lugs on new Columbus Zona tubes, and at a decent price. At that point I told another friend about it, and he instantly set out on buying the unbelievably well priced frameset, which he races today. We had a nice little feature about it last year on the blog, which you can gaze at here.
Fast forward a couple months and countless hours on the world wide web and I stumble on an almost never seen film on him on youtube. It that was posted by the filmmaker on a vintage steel facebook group. Those groups are such and endless supply of interesting things, even if a burden to follow.
The filmmaker came into contact with us through the blog and sent me these very nice stills of the man himself. Of course, the movie is not something extensive like the one on Marinoni, but it’s a very real insight on a man important for a local bike scene, and who was dedicated to building some of the best bikes possible.
And would be very stoked myself to get my hands on one of his columbus road bikes, they’re gorgeous. Meanwhile, I’ll leave you to the video.