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Old 02-04-10, 03:34 PM   #1
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remember this bike? (Bilenky)



the guy who runs hetchins.org totally REAMED it. i mean damn, it was a "tribute" not a replica.

http://www.hetchins.org/bogus-05.htm

"If Bilenky meant this as a tribute to Hetchins, it falls short of the marque. They have juxtaposed unrelated elements and the result is a farrago which Hetchins would never have produced, certainly not together on one frame. The design is further marred by inaccuracies and errors of detail."
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Old 02-04-10, 03:45 PM   #2
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I'd hit that, incoherent or no.
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Old 02-04-10, 05:29 PM   #3
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you should read CWMD (the owner of that bike) reaction to that review:
http://cyclingwmd.blogspot.com/2009/...persue-us.html
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Old 02-04-10, 07:57 PM   #4
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"...On a genuine Hellenic-stayed bike, the seat stays (whether curved or straight) run parallel to the down tube; not on the Bilenky frame. ... Secondly, unless there is some distortion of the jpeg involved, the top tube also appears to be bowed downwards on the Bilenky frame. ...Thirdly, look closely at the top foto and note the rear tire clearance. You could fit four fingers into that gap. Why would anybody incorporate a curved seat tube, and then set the bike up with such a long wheelbase? The point of the curved seat tube is to get a short wheelbase by moving the rear wheel closer to the bottom bracket shell than would be possible with a straight seat tube. The result in this case is amateurish: superfluous curvature in defiance of design concept...."



DAMN.


Bilenky got served. It was a little harsh, but once you look at the Hetchins bikes compared to the Bilenky, the points are pretty valid.

I'd go for the Hetchins.

Or maybe, if I wanted something REAL pretty, I'd go for Columbine Cycle Works - http://www.columbinecycle.com/bicycles.php.
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Old 02-04-10, 08:21 PM   #5
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Bilenky got served. It was a little harsh, but once you look at the Hetchins bikes compared to the Bilenky, the points are pretty valid.
yeah the points were valid... but seriously. there's a difference between "i appreciate the sentiment, but this is how you could have done it better" and "okay, here is why what you just spent a lot of time on is a piece of ****"

luckily this is just a guy running a fan site and not the maker of Hetchins himself.
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Old 02-04-10, 09:02 PM   #6
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yeah the points were valid... but seriously. there's a difference between "i appreciate the sentiment, but this is how you could have done it better" and "okay, here is why what you just spent a lot of time on is a piece of ****".
Are you seriously expecting a cyclist on the internet to behave like a normal and courteous human being, and not like a sociopathic Rain Man?

You must be new here.



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Are you seriously expecting a cyclist on the internet to behave like a normal and courteous human being, and not like a sociopathic Rain Man?

You must be new here.



Only a ******bag would say that
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Bilenky got served. It was a little harsh, but once you look at the Hetchins bikes compared to the Bilenky, the points are pretty valid. I'd go for the Hetchins.
**** that. what about the word "tribute" do you and the guy that runs that site not understand? None of those critique points are valid because it's not supposed to be a Hetchins bike. It doesn't matter if you put the tribute side-by-side with a Hetchins and can point out all the differences; tribute's are not carbon copies of an original, tribute's show appreciation for something by emulating stylistic elements the subject is known for.

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**** that. what about the word "tribute" do you and the guy that runs that site not understand? None of those critique points are valid because it's not supposed to be a Hetchins bike. It doesn't matter if you put the tribute side-by-side with a Hetchins and can point out all the differences; tribute's are not carbon copies of an original, tribute's show appreciation for something by emulating stylistic elements the subject is known for.
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/dancing...7603154992936/

What are tires on that thing?
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"...superfluous curvature in defiance of design concept...."


Is it not IRONIC that such a statement was made by somebody who collects Hetchins bikes?
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tribute's are not carbon copies of an original
True. Looks like steel to me.
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almost positive they are Vittoria Pro Teams... which i don't think are made anymore, but still able to be found with some searching.

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Its just a Bike.
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I think it is funny that he was harsher on that bike than the forgeries passed off as actual Hechins.
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Bilenky repaired and repainted my '87 Fuso. They did a great job. Plus, they make these cool cargo bikes that look to be perfect for hauling kegs or pizza around.

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True. Looks like steel to me.
actually tribute's are crabon copies of the original, but that's beside the point.
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Only a ******bag would say that
Well played operator.
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Bilenky repaired and repainted my '87 Fuso. They did a great job. Plus, they make these cool cargo bikes that look to be perfect for hauling kegs or pizza around.

There's a Pizza Fusion here... I would love that job
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