>Looking for recommendations for a frame painter, especially one with a website and picture gallery.
>Strongly prefer an elegant, classic look with a little flair to crazy colors and patterns.
I know of three choices you have:
1. Joe Bell, someone else has provided you with a link. He's probably your man, does great work and
can do the classic, the fantastic or anything in between.
2. Cyclart. Certainly strong on the classic and restorations, can do the fantastic as well.
3. Brian Bayliss. A bit of a maverick, he is renown as both a frame builder and painter. If I
remember correctly, he actually taught Joe Bell to paint. He is also in the San Diego-Orange
County Area. I can still remember the first Brian Bayliss bike I ever saw, the paint was classic
with pin stripping, two tones of purple, so simple but I still remember that bike.
Here is an excerpt from a classic cycling web page:
"As with any used item, value is determined by what someone is willing to pay more so than by what
is being asked by the seller. There are exceptions in the case of very rare and collectible bikes,
such as very early Cinelli. Masi, and DeRosa (50s and 60s era). These have a value that does not
really fluctuate because there is a national market for them. Even further down this path of
collectibility are bikes from Rene Hearse, Alex Singer, Hetchins, Brian Bayliss and Mario Confente.
The value of these bikes, as with any rare art, continues to climb regardless of trends, and each
would warrant a dedicated feature for proper representation. We will focus on more common and
available classics for this feature."
WOW, such company, Singer, Hetchins, Rene Hearse.
I have no idea how to run him down, I heard he was in Dana Point a couple of years ago. Maybe Joe
Bell or Jim Cunningham at CyclArt know where he is.