[CR]Major Announcement from San Diego, CA

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From: <"brianbaylis@juno.com">
Date: Sat, 12 May 2007 13:50:24 GMT
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org, Framebuilders@phred.org
Subject: [CR]Major Announcement from San Diego, CA

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, and cute fuzzy animals,

I am both pleased and excited to announce to everyone that the newly

formed co-op of San Diego based framebuilders and painters has become

a reality. Within a few short weeks the paint and restoration shop

will be operational and is now ready to consider selected paint and

restoration work. There will be a slightly longer lead time during the

early stages for completing work due to the remaining orgornizational

tasks, but our focus and intent is to keep the quality of the work at

the top of world class workmanship and the turn around time

reasonable, considering the relative complexity of the job. We will be

specializing in certain types of restoration (along the lines of my

Vintage Cycle Studios work) and also will offer OEM paintwork to

framebuilders under certain circumstances. Some will be regular

accounts and others may prefer to send only special jobs to us based

on special needs or specific customer requests. We aim to become

recognized as the best that the paint and restoration business has to

offer within our speciality.

Our pool of knowledge and available talents will hopefully set the

standards for the industry. Each of the members will also be feeding

and learning from the others, causing the growth and progress of each

of our members to expand exponentially at an alarming rate. Not since

the days of the San Marcos co-op (housing Kirkbride/Allen, Moulton,

Tesch, Baylis, cycleart, and Confente had he not passed away) has

there been such potential within a small group of bicycle artists and

craftsmen. Each of us will be functioning as seperate business (except

Carlos and I will run the paint business), but at the same time each

will be helping the others gain resources, knowlege, and experience.

We will also be setting up a full machine shop where we can all learn

machining for toolmaking, fixturemaking, prototyping, and

framebuilding. This is very exciting for all of us and again will

expand our horizions and abilities to produce world class bicycles and

bike related products.

Eventually we will have space for guests to come and learn with us on

a short term basis and probably teach advanced framebuilding skills

and design, in addition to painting. Our first guest resident will be

Jeff Lyon from OR who is going to spend 2 months with us this summer.

We will be helping local aspiring framebuilders for a while and then

expand to guests and students from other parts of the country. Jeff is

a long time friend and had planned on this even before we got this

thing rolling, so he goes first.

As a restoration company, Carlos Martell (Sir Maldoror) will be the

director and manager of the co-op and the paint business. I will be

helping and supporting as I focus on my own framebuilding duties and

special product developments in my new workshop, once it is completed

in late 2007 or early 2008. We are negotiating with new platers in an

effort to keep chrome prices under control, but we still have a more

than 20 year relationship with our local plater. A graphics department

will be established once we get underway to provide restoration decals

in certain situations. We plan to keep abreast of the latest trends in

materials and finishing concepts in order to offer the most complete

services in the business. Only the best frame repair standards will be

used in our shop to insure that the collectables recieve the best care

available anywhere on the planet.

Stay tuned for future announcements as to contact information and

prices. Website forthcomming. For those who are attending the Cirque

du Cyclisme in Greensboro, NC next month, we will have a special

preview of what the future holds in the resortation business and the

development of new artists and craftsmen in the custom frame business.

There is certainly strength in numbers, and we shall prove it in due

time. I'm too excited for words.

Current members of the co-op are Carlos Martell/ Maldoror Cycles

(winner of "Best New Framebuilder" at NAHBS 2007, Chuck Slesinger of

Saldilah(sp?, sorry I don't know all the proper spellings for

everything just yet), winner of "Best Track Bike" at NAHBS 2006,

Richie Ditta, future winner of Best New Framebuilder ;-) (2008?) and a

very fine new builder headed for stardom, David Taitano Jr., yet to

begin but possesing enough potential to get in on the ground floor of

this group, and myself, an old dog who will certainly be learning some

new tricks.

I hope at least some of you are as excited as I am about the potential

of this organization. In addition to our work, we also intend to set

the standard as a group who will be a beacon of upfront, truthful

information regarding information relevent to painting and the art and

craft of framebuilding. People everyone can count on to avoid heavy

marketing campaigns and provide facts, live up to the standards we

set, and not mislead the public in order to make the almighty buck.

The industry, as small and insignificant as it is in the grand scheme

of things, is frought with far too much of it these days. We hope to

turn the tide towards integrity in advertising and promotions of one's

work, for the benifit and sake of the public who is thirsty for

straightforward useful information about a craft that has way too

much "mystery" for the sake of keeping the public confused about what

is real about what frames and framebuilding is really all about at

this level. The builders also need this beacon they can depend on to

help them grow and blossom.

Thank you all for reading this far. Let us all benifit and prosper in

accordance with the actual merits of what we all seek to do. We shall

exist for the benifit of all, not just a special few.

Brian Baylis
La Mesa, CA