I am in the process of getting into bicycle touring and after a lot of research, thinking, and checking bikes out, I have decided to get a custom made touring bike built in Philly by a company called Bilenky. It's locally owned and Stephen, and owner, works on all of the bikes along with his crew. I have decided to go with their Midland Touring Bike.
Though I know some people will think it's crazy to go with a custom bike, this is something that I have thought a lot about and it makes since to me.
On Monday, I set up a meeting with Bilenky and met with Tom and Stephen. First, we talked about what type of riding I do now, why get into touring, what type of touring, what I liked in both the bikes I have now and what I didnt like. They asked a lot of questions and so did I. After an hour of talking and figuring out of a custom was right for me, I decided it was for many reasons.
After that we did a complete 2 hour bike fit.
I am excited for this adventure. The bike will be ready in May and within that time, they have planned many short meetings to go over stuff. I was struck by the wonderful customer service and their shop has a lot of character too.
I have planned a short tour in May along with some longer day rides to get used to the bike and the equipment. Almost, wrapping up the planning on a week long tour in June and hopefully another one in October.
I am very excited to get into touring.