Pauley Chris

Updated 10.15.2012

Originally: 528 North Milpas Street #111, Santa Barbara California
Chris Pauley was an extremely artistic and creative frame builder in the Santa Barbara, California in the 1970s & 80s… He built all types but became particularly well known for his refined “Tierra” touring models. Sometime in the 1980s, he gave up bicycle frames and went into woodworking, and sadly passed away around 1990.

A fantastically detailed bicycle by Chris Pauley

Pictures courtesy Mark Poore

Wally Duncan's custom Chris Pauley bike.

Here is his background story:
“From the mid 70s to the mid 80s, I was owner/manager/sales, etc. of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Works, an 800 sq ft bicycle shop at 829 Santa Barbara St. Chris was one of my first employees. I was learning about the bicycle business by the seat of my pants so Chris was a great help.”
“One day, Chris said he wanted to build bicycle frames so he took a welding class at Santa Barbara City College. He then asked if he could start building bike frames in the back of the shop.”
“Even though the place was small, I said ‘sure’. The first couple of frames were a disaster, but Chris kept at it and built a frame that he rode. Some of the local bikies and racers had him build their frames.”
“I asked Chris to build me a frame and he said ‘sure’. It was fun working on the design together, what kind of tubing, lugs, fork crown, etc.”
“The frame is a combination of Reynolds 531 and Columbus SL chrome-moly tubing. Back in the day, when I rode silks, it weighed about 18 lbs. The frame is painted with DuPont Imron which has held up pretty well over the past 30 years.” 

Wally Duncan