Stephen Bilenky wasn’t sure what to think when he received an email from the US State Department on May 23 asking if he could make a motorcycle. in less than two weeks
That’s a huge request for Bilenky Cycle Works in Philadelphia’s Olney division. This is a small business where customers may have to wait at least six months for a bike. and sometimes up to 18 months, depending on how customized.
Moreover Budget of $1,500, Bilenky prices for 75 bikes or more start at $4,500 a year.
But when he finally knew the driver̵7;s name – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson – he decided to continue. “This is an opportunity” to upgrade his shop profile. he thought at that time “Controlled chaos” followed, said Bilenky, who has been in the business for 37 years.
Bilenky, 67, and his three employees pulled it off. Made to order frames made of Columbus steel. and painted within Memorial Day weekend The goal was to have the bike ready as a gift from President Joe Biden to Johnson, an avid cyclist. At the G7 Summit in Cornwall, England, the summit will begin on Friday.
The bike is painted blue with red and white trim to recall the British Union Jack, the signature of two world leaders on the crossbar. and the United States and England flags at the main pipe. It was delivered on June 4. The matching and custom painted helmet took longer. and must follow up on Monday
One of the challenges of the State Department’s request was that the motorcycle had US-made components. as much as possible
The rims are from Velocity USA in Michigan, the hubs, cranks, and headset are from White Industries in California. Sram in Chicago supplies the derailleur and shifter, the saddle is also from Selle Anatomica in California.
“It was 10 crazy days,” Billenkie said.