OBITUARY

Brian Baylis

March 11, 1953February 20, 2016

R. Brian Baylis passed away peacefully with family at his side, Saturday, February 20, 2016. He is survived by his parents, Janice and Richard Baylis, his two brothers, Brad and Allen, and his half-sister, Susan Patton. A true artist and craftsman, Brian made beautiful and unique custom bicycle frames known the around the world. He was also a rising star in the field of hand crafted knives. Brian had a passion for cycling and cars. In his younger years, Brian was a member of the Boy Scouts, achieving the rank of Life Scout, and graduated from Edison High School in Huntington Beach. Ever the fan of Frank Zappa, Brian was a fierce drummer and played in a local band, Cold Duck. With a joy for friendly competition, Brian was an accomplished armature cyclist, winning races and even completing the Mt. Baldy climb on more than one ride. Photo by Chris Wimpey

Arrangements under the direction of Funeraria Del Angel Humphrey, Chula Vista, CA.

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Richard Culbertson

October 11, 2018

I met Brian when I was 17 years old at the Paramount Criterium in Paramount California. He was there with a Wizard. It was one of the nicest frames I had ever seen. I knew he would do well. I was hoping one day to own a Wizard but I never was able to put my hands on one. No one would part with theirs. When he announced he was going to build a limited number of Wizards I was late to the party and missed out again.

He did as expected, he was an artist with a torch and tubes. I was sad to hear of his passing at such an early age.

Bob Wittenborn

May 28, 2016

Brian painted two bikes of mine, so his memory will live on with my bikes. He was a very cool guy and a talented frame builder and painter. I'll miss him dearly. RIP

Greg Arnold

March 24, 2016

I had several lunches and dinners with Brian years ago at classic rendezvous events. Fun engaging conversations. - he was a unique artist and craftsmen in the world of custom bikes; a real California spirit and an expert from a bygone era of hand made, functional beauty ... I will always remember him fondly. Greg Arnold NYC

Dwight Moore

March 20, 2016

I've had the pleasure and privilege of owning 3 separate bikes from Brian over the years. I'm sorry he was never able to make the Wizard continuation frame I ordered a few years ago. I've always viewed Brian as the ultimate frame maker and vastly enjoyed every visit I was able to make to his shop. His insights into frame building were always educational. I'll miss him.

Paul Kordus

March 16, 2016

I was so sad when I heard of Brian' untimely death and now every time I ride my Raleigh Pro I will make every ride in memory of Brian as it turned out so beautiful thanks to his guidance and workmanship ,,, he will truly be missed by family and friends God Bless !!

Paul Kordus

March 16, 2016

I was so sad when I heard of Brian' untimely death and now every time I ride my Raleigh Pro I will make every ride in memory of Brian as it turned out so beautiful thanks to his guidance and workmanship ,,, he will truly be missed by family and friends God Bless !!

mike werner

March 14, 2016

My present riding bike during the ongoing years -- has been of a Frame re-built & re-painted by Brian. Repaired from a sideswipe on the road.
With the passing of the Master Frame Craftsman -- whom repaired it: as for Me to keep the frame, paint, and most of all Brian's signature.
To preserve the Frame as a MONUMENT of Brian:
I have chosen to have the components transferred from the Frame-set that Brian repaired/re-painted, to a similar frame.

Ken Reid

March 13, 2016

I'm very saddened over the passing of Brian. I've admired his work for many years. Unfortunately, we never met in person, but we did speak on the phone. Brian was a great person with awesome talent as a master frame builder/painter, and his work is full of beauty & grace. Such a huge loss for his family, friends, and the worldwide cycling community. My sincere condolences go out to his family and friends. Brian will be missed.
God bless you all,

George Kimball

March 7, 2016

Brian's craftsmanship spoke volumes with each masterpiece he created. With his passing his work and accomplishments are now legendary.

W. Ernst

March 6, 2016

Brian will be missed not only for his contributions to the art of frame building and creating his own masterpieces, but simply putting paint to an old steed of mine that he not only built way back in 1978, but also repainted her again a few years ago. The bike has a deep emotional connection to me and Brian knew that when he repainted her. May the wind be at your back Brian and say hi to Zappa for us!
God's speed RBB..