Monday, October 19, 2009

Frame Builder Profile: Bilenky Cycle Works

Custom Bicycle Company Name:
Bilenky Cycle Works

Year business founded:

Material you work with:

Road, Mountain, Tandem, Cargo, S&S coupler folders


(215) 329-4744

About Bilenky:
Since 1983, Stephen Bilenky’s visionary innovation and personal attention to artistic detail has brought worldwide recognition. Bilenky Cycle Works has won awards at the 2009 North American Hand Built Bike Show for best tandem and the 2009 Cirque du Cyclisme award for best sport touring Bike. The accolades for the creations of Bilenky Cycle Works just keep rolling in.

Bilenky Cycle Works is a happy, dirty place that turns out exquisite clean machines to suit the needs of riders of every possible size, shape, and desire. Each frame gives evidence to the Bilenky pursuit of aesthetic functionality. All are produced by Steve and his dedicated team. Working at BCW isn't a job. It's a calling.

While Bilenky and his employees have made just about every type of bicycle at one time or another, BCW currently focuses on five niche areas: traditional touring bicycles; bikes for "fine bicycle aficionados"; utility/cargo bicycles; installing S&S couplers on existing bikes to make them travel-ready; and at least two different types of tandems. Bilenky bikes have made many trips across many different countries, and whole families have enjoyed bike rides together -on the same bike. Fixie freaks and messengers appreciate the style and feel of the bikes. In fact, Hodari DePalm rode his Bilenky cargo bike to become Cargo World Champion at the 2006 Cycle Messenger World Championships. Bilenky bikes are featured in the forthcoming book, Custom Bicycles: A Passionate Pursuit, and in a glowing spread in COG magazine.