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Old 11-10-18, 06:23 AM
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Visit to Bilenky Cycle Works

Paid a visit to Bilenky yesterday to pick up a special bike Stephen was working on for me. Steel bike heaven.











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Old 11-10-18, 06:25 AM
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Old 11-10-18, 07:13 AM
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So cool! They seem like a great company. I'm sure it was a blast to check out their shop. Thanks for sharing
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Holy crap! What’s the special bike?? The Confente looks like it might be in your range...
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Old 11-10-18, 08:51 AM
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Holy crap! What’s the special bike?? The Confente looks like it might be in your range...
yes, needed a dropout repair. I have a nice Campy 50th groupset that is ready and waiting.
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yes, needed a dropout repair. I have a nice Campy 50th groupset that is ready and waiting.
Well then!
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Old 11-10-18, 11:19 AM
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So you crossed the river from Jersey to PA. You are fortunate to be so close to a prime builder.
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Pretty cool!

I've never met either you or Mr. B. So I hafta' ask. In the first pic, who is who?
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Yowza! Another gem for the @Vonruden garage of wonders.

I love those photos of the bike shop..Stephen Bilinky is the bearded one and a man worthy of working on that Confente
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Now that's an interesting frameset VR.

Please post some pics when you finish the project, as I'm sure it will be top shelf like the rest of your builds.

FWIW I have a Bilenky touring frameset and it is stout. Folks that see it it always remark about the quality of the paint, braze-ons and joinery.

I'm rebuilding it this winter with an XT and XTR combo. We are riding to Thunder Bay from St. Paul next summer.

Doing a "little" fishing along the way.
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My oh my!
Congratulations!
We will definitely need more pictures of this one.
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Thanks all! Here are some pics before the build.












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Pretty frameset, for sure.

Obviously, so difficult to find.

Any story you would care to share about this one?
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So, I get super busy, ignore the forum for a bit, owe a few private replies and Vonruden presents a nice acquisition buried in a thread...
Well, at least I can pay my property taxes now. No help from the Feds with the SALT limits but I digress.

Vonruden's frame is interesting in a few ways:
Painted fork crown, ( the Los Angeles bikes almost all suffer from fragile chrome when they had it- Mario got snookered on the plating, no copper layer)
Above the bottom bracket shift cable routing, his signature under the shell routing was trick but friction prone, he did a few variations on how it was done- if one had racing intent you wanted it the way this frame has it.
tri color fork tang detailing. Uncommon.
Seat tube bands with the yellow spades pointing up. Most bikes have the Black spades pointing up.

While the bottom bracket underside and frame number are not imaged, my guess this frame has a leading 0 serial number indicating Northern Cal work.

Would like a comment on the rear brake cable housing brand that gets used, I am not excited with what I found that fit.

But the biggest question was a M10 tap used or a 10x26tpi?

Be seeing you.
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