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Like many of his peers, Tony Maietta '04 came to WPI expecting to leave well prepared for a career in engineering. He could not have known that his college experience would also inspire him to pursue the craft of bicycle framebuilding.
Like many of his peers, Tony Maietta ’04 came to WPI expecting to leave well prepared for a career in engineering. He could not have known that his college experience would also inspire him to pursue the craft of bicycle framebuilding. Just a few years later, Maietta finds himself making custom bicycles in his Shirley, Mass., Maietta Cycling workshop for cyclists throughout the world, while also working in research and development for Fitchburg, Mass., cutting tool manufacturer Simonds International.
The path toward this dual career began with the misfortune of losing a beloved mountain bike to theft as a WPI student. Unable to buy a new bike, Maietta reached out to fellow WPI cycling and crew team members, hoping that someone would have a cheap or free replacement for him. One teammate responded positively, but said that his bike was across town at a business where he was interning. When he arrived to pick up the bike, Maietta discovered that his friend was working for bike maker Toby Stanton. This was a watershed moment for Maietta.
"My father and I had built furniture from scratch, produced stained glass lamps from scratch and assembled picture frames from scratch, but this was a moment where I first realized people also built bicycles from scratch. I was hooked immediately," he said.
August 12, 2010