2017 Philly Bike Expo: Bilenky Cycle Works Wild Cross Bike – Jarrod Bunk

2017 Philly Bike Expo: Bilenky Cycle Works Wild Cross Bike
Words and photos by Jarrod Bunk

Bilenky builds bikes in Philly from mild to wild in every style you could ever conceive, from steel road bikes to Ti Tandems.  This fillet brazed cross bike is one of the many they’ve made over the last 30 years and its seen some abuse this year while Taylor Kuyk-White has been racing for Bilenky Cycle Works/Philly Bike Expo, even stacking some UCI points behind the bars.

The handbuilt wheelset, a no-nonsense White Industries to Pacenti SL25 build, has been proven along with the SRAM Force 1x setup, with stopping power is performed by none other than the impeccable Paul Component Klampers.  I really dig all the colors, on this bike, from the paint to the anodized bits this bike pops, so be sure to check it out at the races. Bilenky say’s he loves to braze, and it shows, especially around the bottom bracket of this machine. Growing up in Pennsylvania I’ve been a fan of Bilenky’s work for some time, and hope to be able to visit the shop one day soon.

 

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  • nothingfuture

    I’ve been a fan of Bilenky’s for a long time. This bike just looks like such a well-thought-out workhorse. it manages to be beautiful without looking precious- and that really resonates for me.

    • Charles Southgate

      +1. Look at the proportions & stack. A lot of thought went into this.

  • boomforeal

    Bilenky builds bikes in Philly in every style you could ever conceive, from mild to wild, steel roadies to ti tandems. This fillet brazed cross bike is one of many he’s built over the last 30 years. It’s seen some abuse this year, being ridden by Taylor Kuyak-White, who has been racing for Bilenky Cycle Works/Philly Bike Expo, even stacking some UCI points behind the bars.

    The handbuilt wheelset, a no-nonsense White-Industries-to-Pacenti-SL25 build, has been proven, as has the SRAM Force 1x setup, with stopping power provided by none other than the impeccable Paul Component Klampers. I really dig all the colors on this bike; from the paint to the anodized bits, this bike pops, so be sure to check it out at the races. Bilenky says he loves to braze, and it shows, especially around the bottom bracket of this machine. Growing up in Pennsylvania, I’ve been a fan of Bilenky’s work for some time, and hope to be able to visit the shop one day soon.

    • Chris W

      What’s up with this comment?

      • boomforeal

        pro bono copy editing. a bike and photoset this nice deserve it ;-)

  • Dave Pelletier

    Very cool. Purpose built with design in mind. It has a great “parts-bike” or “mechanic’s bike” feel to it.

  • George T Rosselle

    An homage to Bennetton? A friend has a Moke like that.

  • Three cheers for this beautiful color palette. I don’t think everyone could or should try to pull off a look like this but this doesn’t look accidental or over the top, it just looks super cool.

  • #DirtyRoadie

    love the bike and build. colors are kind of a hot mess, but in a good way, just not my cup of tea
    Bilenky is so good

  • mrbiggs

    I’ve seen the bike race in real life, and the style matches the rider. Taylor (check your spelling, it’s Kuyk-White) is a flash of color and speed and awesome, as is the bike.

    • Taylor Kuyk-White

      Thank you Brian, for the kind words.

      <3 Taylor Kuyak-White