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by Alan Spooner 

If you’re bummed because the Philly Bike Expo is cancelled this year, I have just the cure – a little eye candy from our notorious bike builder, Stephen Bilenky of Bilenky Cycle Works.

I think you’ll agree these Bilenky Bikes are sick. Want one?

If you could design the bike of your dreams, what would you choose? Well, if you bid on a custom build, a complete bike designed by Stephen Bilenky himself, you will have the opportunity to do just that.

Our superstar of our Gala this year (text ‘BikeGala’ to 76278 to register) will be a one-of-a-kind Bilenky bike built in your colors, size, and style – be it road, touring, gravel, you name it. We’re accepting bids now until the closing of our silent auction the evening of this Thursday, Oct 1. The fun gets started at 6:30, and you’re gonna want to see who wins this dream machine.

BCYC Program Manager Taylor Kuyk-White’s custom Bilenky steed

Your custom bike will come with components donated by our friends at RitcheyWTBParagon Machine WorksVelocity USA, and White Industries. And best of all – your winning bid will support the Bicycle Coalition’s advocacy for new cycling infrastructure, trails, and your fellow cyclists’ safety. It’s a win win for everyone!

If you’re not familiar with Philadelphia maker Stephen Bilenky, founder of the Philly Bike Expo and the arguable father of the modern hybrid, you can check out the interview I did with him in 2017.

To everyone who is thinking about N plus one, this is the one! Join us at our Gala this Thursday to see who captures the future on this unique bike. And we’ll see you at the Philly Bike Expo next year (maybe on your new ride?!)

Amanda Ruffner


As Communications Manager for the Bicycle Coalition, Amanda is constantly thinking about all the interesting, gorgeous, varied ways we can share what we're learning and making with each other.Send her the audio/visuals/articles that move you, she promises she will spend time with them.

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