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

Brian Baylis passed away Feb 20, 2016


Updated 10.8.2022

NAHBS 2007 by Jessica Lifland

Brian Baylis witnessed 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 with track bike

Masi "graduates" Brian & Mike Howard were partners in Wizard cycles

G. Hammer's #007

"The World's Best bicycles" article in Connoisseur magazine, July 1982

Baylis #019 built in 1982

Pictures courtesy Vlad Luskin

New York bike show

circa 1979

NYBike Show

early 1980s

Lou Deeter's 1979 Baylis

Jack Bissell's Baylis #04 98

with Columbus Max tubing, Henry James lugs

Wayne Bingham's 2005 Baylis

Dale Phelp's Baylis 1993

Visit to Brian's workshop, Jan. 2000

Brian was building a special bike for himself. The Nervex Pro lugs had extensions added and were reshaped in a all-Baylis style.

This frame as a completed bike

Dale Brown's #002 2000

Road bike

Frame alone

Complete bike

Jet black road