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    New Bike!!! he he he

    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.
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    This sounds very exciting! Keep us updated on the bike's progress and then especially after you get it and start riding it in May. Are you thinking of cross-country trips (like Ken Kifer did) eventually?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tractorlegs View Post
    This sounds very exciting! Keep us updated on the bike's progress and then especially after you get it and start riding it in May. Are you thinking of cross-country trips (like Ken Kifer did) eventually?
    Ah, I would love to do a Trans Am tour but to be frank, my job would never let me be gone for the time it takes to do so. I am not sure what touring will bring me or take me. I cant wait to fine out!
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    Nice lookin

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    I am hoping it's nice looking, functional, and fits well!
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    I am hoping it's nice looking, functional, and fits well!
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    Very nice, where's the first trip planned? Maine for some fresh lobster?

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    Here's to hoping that time frame holds true. As I noted previously, a pal of mine had Bilenky add S&S couplers to his bike earlier this year. Took them over two months, which was more than twice the time quoted.

    Did you tell Tom hello for me? I don't see him anymore since he left Trophy and moved. We used to live near each other. You should see his IF stainless. A beaut of a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    Here's to hoping that time frame holds true. As I noted previously, a pal of mine had Bilenky add S&S couplers to his bike earlier this year. Took them over two months, which was more than twice the time quoted.

    Did you tell Tom hello for me? I don't see him anymore since he left Trophy and moved. We used to live near each other. You should see his IF stainless. A beaut of a bike.
    Will he know your BF name?

    I am hoping the time frame will hold true. If not, to be frank, no worries.
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    Awesome, keep us updated!

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    I built a custom sport touring bike 30 years ago and I never regretted it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    Will he know your BF name?

    I am hoping the time frame will hold true. If not, to be frank, no worries.
    No, but you know my real name.

    But you have a tour planned for May. Might be nice to have a bike for it. Are they supplying the racks so you will have some that work/fit well right from the start?

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    No, but you know my real name.

    But you have a tour planned for May. Might be nice to have a bike for it. Are they supplying the racks so you will have some that work/fit well right from the start?
    Ditto that. Cue the story of the ill-fated Neils on Wheels GAP tour in 2008, where Neilfein's rear rack fell off the bike two miles into the first day's ride.

    Also, Iron Chef, you want to have time to dial in your fit on the new bike before attempting back to back days of loaded riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    No, but you know my real name.

    But you have a tour planned for May. Might be nice to have a bike for it. Are they supplying the racks so you will have some that work/fit well right from the start?
    Yes, racks and all. The tour in May is a shakedown and much needed to be frank before the longer tour in June.
    Feel free to visit my blog www.chefonabicycle.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    Ditto that. Cue the story of the ill-fated Neils on Wheels GAP tour in 2008, where Neilfein's rear rack fell off the bike two miles into the first day's ride.

    Also, Iron Chef, you want to have time to dial in your fit on the new bike before attempting back to back days of loaded riding.
    Lol! Crap!

    The plan is to hopefully do an overnight at least once in May and then some longer day rides that month too.
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    I'd be interested in what little details you have added to the bike, as well as any unusual measurements/sizing you had to do for fit purposes.

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    Frame Level Deluxe fillet brazed

    Features Oversized tubing
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    Split stop front derailleur behind seat tube above BB Sheel
    Split Stop – rear der. Under chainstay 2.75” from DO edge
    Split stop Under chainstay 2 " behind BB Shell

    Accessories
    Pump Peg Head Tube nipple (+ “L” peg if S & S )
    Chain Hanger Inside right chainstay
    Chainstay Bridge Use chart for 26 x 2.0 w/ fender
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    H2O Bosses DT top 1set, DT under 1Set , ST 1set
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    Rack mounts Barrel boss - 16.25" from eyelet

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    Item Description Qty. Manufacturer Model Specification

    1 Hub Rear 1 White industries Daisy 48 hole, 145mm
    2 Hub Front 1 Son 28 classic 40 hole
    3 Rear Skewer 1 Shimano LX 36 hole
    4 Front Skewer 1 Shimano LX 36 hole
    5 Rear Rim 1 Velocity Dyad 48 hole
    6 Front Rim 1 Velocity Dyad 40 hole
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    18 Rear Derraileur 1 Shimano Deore XT SGS 9spd
    19 Shift levers 1 Shimano Ultegra Bar-con 9-speed
    20 Shift lever adaptor 0
    21 Chain 1 KMC X9.93 9-speed
    22 Cassette 1 SRAM PG 951 11 - 36 9spd
    23 Calipers 2 Avid BB7 Road Mech
    24 Brake levers 1 Sram Road Aero
    25 Brake cables 2 Jagwire slick stainless
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    26 Head Set 1 FSA Needlbearing 1 1/8"
    27 Cablehanger 0 Problem Solver
    28 Handlebars 1 Nitto Noodle 48cm
    29 Stem Front 1 Ritchey 4 axis 10
    30 Tape 1 Cinelli Cork w/ gel pads underneath Black
    31 Seatpost binder 1 Sugino Allen key type
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    33 Saddle 1 Brooks B-17 Special Color
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    39 Lights Busch and Mueller Lumotec Fly RT
    40 Charging system E-Werks w/ cache battery
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    And for those who want to spend less money....

    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/i...tml?doc_id=858

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    And for those who want to spend less money....

    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/i...tml?doc_id=858
    Money wasn't the point when it came to this Neil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    Money wasn't the point when it came to this Neil.
    Understood. But its still a good story to read.

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    Wow, even more impressive in words. I can tell ya what happens without the rim tape

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fangowolf View Post
    Wow, even more impressive in words. I can tell ya what happens without the rim tape
    lol.
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    Wow Chef, Great Choice. It will be a dream ride as long as you don't have to wear CarHarts


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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    Understood. But its still a good story to read.
    I wish there was a top 10 or 20 list for best Crazyguyonabike stories. Would make it easier to read and get through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deaver View Post
    Wow Chef, Great Choice. It will be a dream ride as long as you don't have to wear CarHarts

    Stephen rocks! He is so funny!
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