Although the bike is built in the restomod hotrod style, this Masi is not vintage. It’s brand new. Jim reached out to Alberto Masi through Facebook to see if the legendary framebuilder could make his dream a reality. To Jim’s delight, Masi was happy to build it for him. Alberto is the 76-year-old son of founder Faliero Masi, the man that started the company. Faliero built race bikes for some of the biggest names in cycling, including Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil, and Eddy Merckx. Today, Alberto still works in the original shop his father set up at the Vigorelli Velodrome in Milan, Italy.
Jim’s love of Masi bikes goes back to the years when Masi set up a framebuilding shop in Carlsbad, California in 1973. Expert Masi framebuilder, Mario Confente, ran the shop and hired a young Californian framebuilder named Brian Baylis to work with him. Baylis went on to become one of the most celebrated lugged steel framebuilders of his generation. As a massive fan of both Brian and Mario’s work, this new Masi serves as a tribute to both, but it is not a museum piece. Jim rides it regularly on both tarmac and gravel roads.