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Old 06-11-21, 12:29 PM
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Bilenky gets a little national fame

I think many of you already are aware of Steven Bilenky and his team of custom bike builders. He got a some attention today in some national news.

https://www.inquirer.com/business/bi...-20210611.html
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Old 06-11-21, 03:17 PM
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because every thread needs some photos.. here are a couple from the 2015 NAHBS.
Mr. Bilenky is in the blue cap.
The tandem is quite unique!





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Old 06-11-21, 04:07 PM
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You are right about pictures.

Here is the actual bike from a WHYY story.



Bilenky Cycle Work tried to source all us made parts where possible. The rims are from Velocity.

What saddle is that?
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What saddle is that?
The article said Selle Anatomica.
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Stem, handlebars, seatpost, and brakes should have been silver.
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What the hell cassette is that? the big cog must have 72 teeth; serious "underdrive". I have to say that as a "prize" bike, it's sort of underwhelming: clear anodized rims, crank and pedals and stainless steel spokes mixed with lots of black components, but not really going either way -- and then going brown/tan for saddle and grips. Just sort of a mish-mash. I realize that the red-white-and-blue color scheme was obligatory, but in that case, I would have gone with all clear ano and stainless/chrome. Also, I'd be surprised if BJ rides around London on a bike with American flag graphics on the top tube. It seems to me that the blue isn't dark enough, either.

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Damn that's ugly.

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Originally Posted by Charles Wahl View Post
What the hell cassette is that? the big cog must have 72 teeth; serious "underdrive".
I dont know why, but this is seriously funny! I cannot stop laughing at the comical cassette size. Maybe itís the geometry of the bike mixed with perspective, but I doubt it. Want!

e: To be fair the president asked for a bit of a large discount on this bike. Címon now, doesnít the prime minister deserve the finest?

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PM Johnson is not especially svelte.
the cassette is typical 1x mtb.
SRAM gearing no doubt, not USA produced but USA HQ.
should have found Paul rear mech and brakes.

the paint is interesting.
where is the chain guard and fenders?

USA intel assets used to check frame size?
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Old 06-11-21, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
...where is the chain guard and fenders?
My thoughts as well. Every proper English rider has these. They are essential!
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Old 06-11-21, 05:36 PM
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My thoughts as well. Every proper English rider has these. They are essential!
it was sold at a loss. Decisions were made.
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I like this bike! Simple, not an over-done showcase. Yeah, that cassette's hoot but I"m betting it works well and bring the gears back to normality is something any shop can do. The national colors are there but not overwhelming. For a two week rush job? Pretty nice!
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Joe only paid him $1500 for the bike?

It isn't 1972.

I suppose proper mudguards, lights, and a bell can be added.
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I'm only guessing, but think the very low gearing, even though it is a 1x is for the seriously mountainous terrain one encounters in London.
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
I can totally see how this is more C&V than our 7,8,9 speed "brifter" mods.......
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Originally Posted by GhostRider62 View Post
Joe only paid him $1500 for the bike?
It isn't 1972.
Really! The State Department probably spent fifty times that much on the hours for a slew of people "managing" the "ideation" and production of this gift. They really couldn't give Bilenky the going rate for the darned thing?
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
I can totally see how this is more C&V than our 7,8,9 speed "brifter" mods.......
was just for the whole bizarre scenario of that bike, again, Lugged steel, here.

But yeah, I get ya.
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Really! The State Department probably spent fifty times that much on the hours for a slew of people "managing" the "ideation" and production of this gift. They really couldn't give Bilenky the going rate for the darned thing?
I thought the same. He is getting way more than $3000 (or whatever) of free advertising, but it is still pretty lame to undercut him like that. Pay him what he is worth.
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The PMís bike is a little meh.

but that white and green Bilenky tandem picture above is absolutely incredible. One of the most beautiful tandems Iíve ever seen.
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Likely there are State Dept rules about the value of diplomatic gifts, and that's maybe what capped it. For sure there's half a million's worth of mass media exposure coming along for the ride, but I suspect the bigger risk is their phone starts ringing off the hook with folks who don't bother reading the smaller print and now want a Bilenky custom build for $1500.

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I thought the same. He is getting way more than $3000 (or whatever) of free advertising, but it is still pretty lame to undercut him like that. Pay him what he is worth.
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What the hell cassette is that? the big cog must have 72 teeth; serious "underdrive".
Himalayan gearing? Perhaps should have been painted in Nepalese-flag colors.
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Wouldn't this be International fame/acclaim?
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Originally Posted by Charles Wahl View Post
Really! The State Department probably spent fifty times that much on the hours for a slew of people "managing" the "ideation" and production of this gift. They really couldn't give Bilenky the going rate for the darned thing?
my conjecture is that the cost is associated with one or both nations' laws.

For example, Gifts to the POTUS become the property of the United States Government, the President or his spouse can purchase the item at its authenticated value.
Would not surprise me that the UK has a similar regulation for the PM.
And/ or, there is a tacit agreement of the max value of gifts between G7 Summit participants.
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Himalayan gearing? Perhaps should have been painted in Nepalese-flag colors.
Looks like it might be a 42t-ish chainring so not super low, just pretty low. 20.5 gi would be my wild guess.
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