[CR]Scott Paisley/Blue Wheel


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Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 11:48:00 -0500
From: "Martin O. Walsh" <mowalsh@erols.com>
To: "classicrendezvous@bikelist.org" <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
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Subject: [CR]Scott Paisley/Blue Wheel

Hi Dale and CR list, Blue Wheel Bicycle Shop in Charlottesville,Virginia on the BikeCentennial Trans-America Trail since 1976.....Look for the "BLUE HOUSE" just off campus from the University of Virginia,at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The folks there treated our group of cross country cyclists GREAT!!! Yes, Dale the frame I saw was indeed a "Scott Paisley" and the club rider here said he "loved his bicycle and that Scott was great to work with". There really is something about custom bicycles...If it had been any other bicycle I wouldn't have remembered it....I've posted a link to Scott's "resume": http://www.bluewheel.com/html/scott_paisley.htm It mentions Scott worked at Condor etc. Check out his frame building link to see his brazing and lugwork-SWEET!!!! Maybe Blue Wheel is the "new east coast dealer taking over from Bicycle Classics"? RUMOR CONTROL (just kidding). Yours truly, Martin Walsh curious in Vienna,Va.,USA

OROBOYZ@aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 2/28/2002 10:14:16 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> mowalsh@erols.com writes:
>
> << Blue Wheel Bicycle Shop in Charlottesville,Va. is
> still in business as far as I know....I met a club rider recently riding
> a custom made frameset that he said came from "The Blue Wheel" in
> Charlottesville.It was a classic built lugged steel bicycle,it looked
> GOOD!.....If I recall correctly he said the owner of the shop did a
> small number of frames. >>
>
> Scott Paisley is a fine builder...
>
> He studied frame making in the UK as an apprentice, (I think at Holdsworth
> too, as did McLean Fonvielle) He told me stories about those days including
> visiting the pre-Bob Jackson Hetchins shop still presided over at that time
> by Jack Denny... Before he became a partner in The Blue Wheel, he worked on
> his own as a full time builder, first in Ohio and then moved to Virginia and
> eventually gave it up as a solo builder and went to work at Blue Wheel. That
> shop is tiny little shop, down a funky alley near Univ. of Va., in which they
> have to move bunches of bikes outside each day to be able to enter the
> store... Very old school!
>
> I sold his frames through CDO in the early 1990s ..
>
> Back then Scot also briefly (1-2 years) made Gary Fisher's high end steel MTB
> frames under contract; he is an awesome filet brazer..
>
> Scott's talents included his ability to do really amazing lug cut outs.. He
> used a fine saw blade-a jeweler's saw or similar-and did very, very detailed
> work. We had a custom job done for a local furniture designer which included
> a running man (stick figure sort of) in one lug, a guitar on another lug and
> the customer's initials on the third lug!! We then had the frame brass plated
> and lacquered, and used all black components.... Wild!
>
> He also used a distinctive seat stay cluster design unlike I have seen on any
> other frames. I have a personal frame made by Scott I need to publish pics of
> on the CR site... Very nice looking!
>
> Dale Brown
> Greensboro, NC