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Growing up in New York City, a neighbor brought over an old Legnano bicycle from Italy. The moment I saw that bike, I fell in love with cycling. When he retired from biking, he gave the bike to me. I was thrilled and rode that bike everywhere I possibly could. I was so passionate about riding that I would take the entire bike apart after every ride. I'd clean down everything and repack the bearings for the next day. Who cared about homework! Eventually, I grew out of that 52cm frame and purchased a Sakei. What a disappointment, nevertheless, I rode it for 2 years. It was this experience that drove me to building my own frame. At age 17, I contacted Vic Fraysee of Paris Sport Cycles in New Jersey. With a little encouragement, he suggested I build my first frames out of Durifort tubing. I purchased 3 sets of tubing and with his advise and that of the late, great Francesco Cuevas, I began my frame building career. In 1980, I moved to Portland, Or. and worked for another great builder, Jim Merz. While in Oregon, I attended the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts and studied hand engraving and jewelry design. These experiences added much to my frame building techniques. In 1981 I returned back to New York and settled in the Poughkeepsie area where I built frames for over 20 years. I built frames for the Hudson Valley Velo Club team, the Vitesse Cycling Team (now Verge) and some for the Mangoni team. I now reside in Western Pennsylvania and have recently built for the Mezzatesta/Kraynick Cycling team.

Anthony Mezzatesta
My Passions

Two passions have ruled my life; serving God and bicycles. Bicycles and all things pertaining to them are somewhere in my thoughts pretty much all the time. In the pursuit of my passions, ethics and excellence have always been my driving force. There is no other standard. These are the things that make me tick. Each Mezzatesta frame is as individual as the owner. And each frame has my passion imprinted in it's workmanship and becomes a functional work of art.