Bicycle frame & knife maker, painter supreme
La Mesa, California

History of Baylis Cycles as written by Brian HERE

Brian Baylis passed away Feb 20, 2016
Obituary in Bicycle Retailer & Industry News

NAHBS 2007 by Jessica Lifland

 Updated 2.7.2021           Click on images to see larger version

     Brian Baylis had seen many changes in the bicycle business. Despite fad after fad, he maintained a refined, traditional direction and his work has always represented the highest standard available. Brian began his frame building career with the startup of Masi USA in 1973.
     After Masi, he and partner Mike Howard operated
Wizard bicycles for a few years. From that time Brian was on his own; building, painting and restoring special bicycles.  He will be missed.

Brian Baylis bicycle registry    HERE      Updated 12.18.2019

Brian (a drummer too!)  with a track bike

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Masi "graduates" Brian & Mike Howard
were partners in Wizard cycles
  G Hammers #007
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Baylis #019
Pictures courtesy Vlad Luskin

New York bike show
 circa  1979

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 New York Bike Show
in the early 80s

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In Brian's workshop

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Visit to Brian's workshop, Jan. 2000
Brian  was building a special track bike for himself. The Nervex Pro lugs had
extensions added and were  reshaped to an all-Baylis style.

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This frame as a completed bike

Road bike
Click images for gallery of 10 pictures

 Dale Brown's #002 2000  (click for many pics)

Frame alone


Complete bike

Jet black road
(click images for gallery
of 4 pictures)

 Brian's Masi track replica
Tom Rawson photos


 Colnago replica.
Click images for gallery of 13 pictures 

Visit to Baylis Studio in  Feb. 2005

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Wayne Bingham's  Baylis
Click images for gallery of 6 pictures

 Baylis frameset
Click images for gallery of 8 pictures

Dale Phelp's Baylis

Lou Deeter's 1979 Baylis

Baylis #0005 2008
Click images for gallery of pics by Chris Wimp Studio, San Diego

Custom Baylis with "Curly Hellenic" stays
(refers to style made famous by Hetchins bikes)

Jack Bissell's Baylis #04 98
with Columbus Max tubing, Henry James lugs

Brian's special bike, the AeroTour"
Another design adventure track bike

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