Updated: June 10/2020

1996 R. Brian Baylis

Bought this bike on February 27, 2014 from Colby Morris (VT). The frameset was built and painted, in Molteni Orange, by R. Brian Baylis in 1996, and is outfitted with parts from the 70s, 80s and 90s. For example, the pantographed Colnago seatpost is from the 70s, along with the large chain ring. According to Brian, this frameset was built for one of his friends/acquaintances, and it is the only one of his framesets that does not display Baylis on its downtube. Over the past 40 years Brian has built just over 300 frames, each one unique. CORRESPONDENCE WITH BRIAN On Feb 28, 2014, at 6:01 PM, brianbaylis@juno.com wrote: John, Pretty much everything about that bike is what you see in front of you; except information for whom it was originally built and why. The original client was a friend of mine of sorts; thus my willingness to make a replica of a Colnago as opposed to a typical Baylis frame. That would have been the first time and only time I have built a "replica" frame for someone. I have made several replica frames for myself over the years; including one of my favorites. It's a replica of a 1972ish Colnago Super track bike. I still own it. My friend had a strong fondness for the Merckx/Moultini orange Colnago. So there it is. Columbus SL tubing. If you don't mind me asking, what did you pay for the bike? Or was it just a frame? It looks like the thing is in pretty good condition for being nearly 20 years old. Brian Baylis On Feb 28, 2014, at 6:30 PM, brianbaylis@juno.com wrote: John, Incredible deal! Bike prices are at a very low point right now. I hope they bounce back to a reasonable point before too long. Hold on to it if you can. There were little more than 300 frames built over the past 40 years. Each one unique; there has never been a "standard" Baylis frame. Every single one built 100% by me with original paint by me also. Someday someone may realize how well designed, built, and finished they are. Consistent in the extreme for 40 years. Brian THE BIKE Frame: Columbus SL with long point lugs. Bottom head lug has a cutout facsimile of the Colnago clover. Original paint. Brakeset: Campagnolo Super Record brake levers and calipers. Handlebars: Cinelli Giro d'Italia 64-40. Stem: Cinelli Headset: Campagnolo Super Record (aluminum) Shifters: Campagnolo Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (1980) Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record (21 date stamp = 1986) with Colnago pantographed chain ring. Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Pedals: Campagnolo Superleggeri Pista Wheelset: Campagnolo hubs with Nisi Moncalieri rims. Chain : Regina Record Freewheel: 5 speed Regina Oro (1984) Seatpost: Original Colnago pantographed Campagnolo Nuovo Record (27.2 mm). Saddle: Sella Italia Superleggera