Road to NAHBS 2016: Steve Bilenky of Bilenky Cycle Works

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Photo by Steve Bilenky
Photo by Steve Bilenky

The story of how internationally renown, well-oiled jam band, Bilenky Cycle Works, came to be is labyrinthine. Steve Bilenky, who wants it emphasized that he is only a small part of an excellent team, began his industry career at ten hustling bicycle repairs for neighborhood kids out of his family’s garage. That led to job at the local Schwinn shop assembling and repairing bikes, where he pored over catalogs and absorbed every bike thing he could. Steve was modifying old cruisers and blasting around in the woods with his friends in the 70’s before mountain bikes were a glimmer in the proverbial eye.

His academic and professional direction initially would take him away from bicycles, and his deep-seeded entrepreneurship would draw him into all sorts of unusual ventures. Inevitably,  he would return to Philadelphia and bicycles where he went from repair and frame alteration to starting his first bike brand, Sterling Cycle Company – all on his way to Bilenky Cycle Works…

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • REI partners with NICA and IMBA for the Teen Trail Corps Initiative – REI, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, and IMBA set up a new program to inspire young riders to become effective trail advocates with the new #TeenTrailCorps initiative. Teaching young mountain bikers to show respect, empathy, and compassion to fellow trail users and nature, the program aims to develop the next generation of trail leaders. TeenTrailCorps.org

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Rolling around town on 20″ wheels of the Castro M1

Rolling around town on 20″ wheels of the Castro M1

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Living in the city, it can be tough to always find a place for a bike to beat around town. But the Barcelona team behind Castro bikes don’t want space constraints to stand in the way of you riding a nice bike. So they have put together a simple looking stainless steel mini bike, based around 20″ wheels, to make sure you never have an excuse to not have a bike around. The Castro M1 offers a bit of versatility and is easy to stash out-of-the-way. Take a closer look after the fold…

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5th edition of Zinn & The Art of Road Bike Maintenance gets at old and new tech

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Lennard Zinn’s maintenance books have been the gold standard for home mechanics for many years, and we’ve seen a number of shop rats who got their start thumbing through the pages. All in all his guides are the most popular resource worldwide for bicycle repair and maintenance, from basic tire and tube changes to complicated drivetrain overhauls. Now a new version of the Road Bike book is out, bringing together all the classic road tech solutions with plenty of new standards as well, all with simple one color illustrations that make it easy to follow from the workshop…

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Traitor Cycles’ new Wander touring bike & Updated Ruben, now with flat or drop bars

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Sure the machines are getting smarter and better, and it’s only a matter of time before we all live in The Matrix…but for now that special appeal still exists for hand-made products, especially when it comes to bikes. Seattle’s Traitor Cycles certainly thinks so as their entire lineup of commuters, touring bikes and cyclocross racers is hand-crafted from prominent Taiwanese manufacturer Founderland’s seamless 4130 chromoly tubing.

Bikerumor first checked in on Traitor’s Ruben in 2012, and the following year we checked out the revamped Crusade Disc CX bike. As for current affairs, Traitor has a few new models in this year’s lineup. There’s the entirely new Wander aimed at long distance riders who love the feel of real steel, and their existing Ruben commuter now has a single-speed convertible dropout and comes in either drop bar or flat bar models…
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A week in review: Road to NAHBS, Winter gear rampage, Tour Down Under rigs and much more!

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Take an intimate peak of some of the many frame (& tool) builders we’ve interviewed leading up to the North American Handmade Bike Show so far. Plus see how Cory, Trey and especially Zach take on Winter in some VERY different environments with gear from Proviz, Ornot, and Specialized…. Continue reading “A week in review: Road to NAHBS, Winter gear rampage, Tour Down Under rigs and much more!”

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Don’t get bent out of shape… Wheels Manufacturing has a bunch of new derailleur hangers for your bike

Don’t get bent out of shape… Wheels Manufacturing has a bunch of new derailleur hangers for your bike

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Like death and taxes, eventually a bent derailleur hanger is inevitable. Fortunately, Wheels Manufacturing is constantly turning out new derailleur hangers to replace yours should it have a moving experience. Machined in the U.S. from hiqh quality aluminum, Wheels Manufacturing hangers are designed to be as good, if not better than the original hanger than came on the bike.

Now with new hangers numbered 268-279, Wheels Manufacturing has even more bikes covered from Blue, Colnago, Corratec, Diamondback, Focus, Fuji, Ghost, Giant, GT, Jamis, Kona, Marin, Novara, Norco and more…

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Bombtrack breaks the Hook down into 3 specialist cyclocross machines

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About a year and a half ago Bombtrack bikes stepped out of their fixie comfort zone and offered a steel framed cyclocross bike to broaden their horizons. In that time the original Hook cross bike outreached their expectations and everyone from their development team to their customers began to take the bike more and more off its intended track. So now Bombtrack has added two more bike to the Hook line. A new entry level steel bike steel bike becomes the 1, last year’s Hook carries over as the 2, and an all carbon Hook 3 makes its debut, with more shots and details across the fold…

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Review: Proviz Reflect 360+ jacket delivers unmatched foul weather commute visibility

Review: Proviz Reflect 360+ jacket delivers unmatched foul weather commute visibility

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Proviz recently updated their ultra high-visibility lineup for commuters with the new Reflect 360+ jacket, which aims to be a bit higher level of performance than the jacket that they debuted back in 2014. The new jacket claims increased breathability, while maintaining both the unparalleled reflectivity and resistance to cold and wet weather. We had tested the previous generation of the Reflect 360 getting around town, but were hoping for something that could do a bit more double duty crossing over to some winter road riding. Follow us past the break to see what we think of the jacket that is getting us through our winter commutes these days…

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