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VoyTirando 10-17-2019 03:09 PM

Bilkenky's new lease on life
 
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After some frame repair (a small dent, moving bottle bosses, adding some rack bosses to fork, and some fender mounts here and there), a new power coat plus clear paint over decals from Mark Rainey at Groody Brothers in Kansas City. May be polarizing for some but I love it. Idea came from a Gios on the Radavist awhile back.

This bike inspires me to want to ride. It's such a nicely built machine.

AngryScientist 10-17-2019 04:10 PM

ahh, very cool! i love it!

this is a really nice, versatile bike.

how fat of rubber can you fit in there? perfect travel bike IMO.

nice work breathing some new life into this one!

VoyTirando 10-17-2019 04:46 PM

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Originally Posted by AngryScientist (Post 2608066)
ahh, very cool! i love it!

this is a really nice, versatile bike.

how fat of rubber can you fit in there? perfect travel bike IMO.

nice work breathing some new life into this one!

Thanks for the good word :) . For whatever dumb reason, I posted the bulk of the new pics to the original FS thread where this bike was sold by the original owner to stronzo, who sold it to me a year or so later. Scroll to the bottom of this https://forums.thepaceline.net/showthread.php?t=173598 for more pictures. You'll also see the Gios that inspired this look.

To your question, while those are 27c Open Paves, I've ridden 35c Kenda Small Blocks, and I would gander it will take up to 40 smooth tires. I should actually measure.... But later this fall I'm going to put 35c-ish Paselas on.

Seriously, this bike is so, so versatile. I've taken it to Catalonia four times now (inlaws are there). Dirt road riding in L'Emporda, roads in the Penedes, actual singletrack and not that smooth up around Collserolla.... There's this one paved downhill from Vallvidrera to Sarria (in Barcelona) where I've scared myself. It's super windy, and this bike just wants to go. Stable as hell.

rileystylee 10-18-2019 04:35 AM

I love what you've done with the colour and also the new braze ons.
Opens up a whole new range of bike set ups including mudguards and a variety of front racks (Specialized pizza rack painted yellow??) :banana::hello::banana:
Marvellous :)

rwsaunders 10-18-2019 06:05 AM

From what I recall, Houston and that bike have ridden the Paris-Roubaix Challenge event and it might have had some Bud Clamato spilled on the frame.

VoyTirando 10-18-2019 08:52 AM

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Originally Posted by rileystylee (Post 2608242)
I love what you've done with the colour and also the new braze ons.
Opens up a whole new range of bike set ups including mudguards and a variety of front racks (Specialized pizza rack painted yellow??) :banana::hello::banana:
Marvellous :)

Many thanks! That's what I was hoping for. What with fenders/mudguards plus the very tough powdercoat (I know, people including me have negative feelings on that), plus Mark frame-savered the insides, this bike can be taken out in the wet with less worry. Which means... more riding!!!

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Originally Posted by rwsaunders (Post 2608249)
From what I recall, Houston and that bike have ridden the Paris-Roubaix Challenge event and it might have had some Bud Clamato spilled on the frame.

Bud Clamato could be used to clean carburetors, yes? Maybe that's where the paint went to... Srsly it's great to know it's history.

Houston shared some dire details about the process of getting it built (not a positive experience). My own research shows the seattube at least is not what Houston paid for (Spirit for lugs, which has 27.2 innards; this is a 27.0), and when the painter chemically stripped the bike he found the fork crown was a vintage Miele, mos def not what Houston paid for. All said, though, it rides like a son of a gun.

Octave 10-18-2019 09:06 AM

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Originally Posted by VoyTirando (Post 2608018)
This bike inspires me to want to ride.

The only thing that really matters.

Bravo on the lovely new iteration. I'm a big fan.

joosttx 10-18-2019 09:29 AM

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Originally Posted by VoyTirando (Post 2608311)
Many thanks! That's what I was hoping for. What with fenders/mudguards plus the very tough powdercoat (I know, people including me have negative feelings on that), plus Mark frame-savered the insides, this bike can be taken out in the wet with less worry. Which means... more riding!!!



Bud Clamato could be used to clean carburetors, yes? Maybe that's where the paint went to... Srsly it's great to know it's history.

Houston shared some dire details about the process of getting it built (not a positive experience). My own research shows the seattube at least is not what Houston paid for (Spirit for lugs, which has 27.2 innards; this is a 27.0), and when the painter chemically stripped the bike he found the fork crown was a vintage Miele, mos def not what Houston paid for. All said, though, it rides like a son of a gun.

With this information, I can surely write in public what I suspected for a very long time.... that Bilenky swindled me.

joosttx 10-18-2019 04:42 PM

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Originally Posted by VoyTirando (Post 2608311)
Many thanks! That's what I was hoping for. What with fenders/mudguards plus the very tough powdercoat (I know, people including me have negative feelings on that), plus Mark frame-savered the insides, this bike can be taken out in the wet with less worry. Which means... more riding!!!



Bud Clamato could be used to clean carburetors, yes? Maybe that's where the paint went to... Srsly it's great to know it's history.

Houston shared some dire details about the process of getting it built (not a positive experience). My own research shows the seattube at least is not what Houston paid for (Spirit for lugs, which has 27.2 innards; this is a 27.0), and when the painter chemically stripped the bike he found the fork crown was a vintage Miele, mos def not what Houston paid for. All said, though, it rides like a son of a gun.

Was the fork stainless steel? Bilenky told me it was too.

VoyTirando 10-21-2019 08:58 AM

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Originally Posted by joosttx (Post 2608545)
Was the fork stainless steel? Bilenky told me it was too.

Mos def not stainless. Paint had chipped off that as well before I sent it for hte paint/powder, and underneath was plain old steel, maybe PegoRitchie, but who knows?. Mark at Groody Bros. was great about his process (yes, I'm plugging him, as he's a gentleman as well as a craftsman). He emailed me photos of the fork crown as he stripped it, finding the panto'd Miele logo had been filled with Bondo. I was initially worried about adding the blade bosses for a potential rack, and Mark reassured me the fork is bomber.

I'm so sorry about your process with this bike. It's a shame.

joosttx 10-22-2019 06:32 PM

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Originally Posted by VoyTirando (Post 2609391)
Mos def not stainless. Paint had chipped off that as well before I sent it for hte paint/powder, and underneath was plain old steel, maybe PegoRitchie, but who knows?. Mark at Groody Bros. was great about his process (yes, I'm plugging him, as he's a gentleman as well as a craftsman). He emailed me photos of the fork crown as he stripped it, finding the panto'd Miele logo had been filled with Bondo. I was initially worried about adding the blade bosses for a potential rack, and Mark reassured me the fork is bomber.

I'm so sorry about your process with this bike. It's a shame.

Wow, thanks for the info... Buyer beware. Here is the invoice that Bilenky sent me. Clearly lists Spirit tubes and a stainless fork.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...6d884694_b.jpg

72gmc 10-23-2019 01:19 AM

Somewhere, a 953 fork has Miele logos ... pantographed in bondo

joosttx 10-23-2019 09:15 AM

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Originally Posted by 72gmc (Post 2610371)
Somewhere, a 953 fork has Miele logos ... pantographed in bondo

I much rather have a Miele coffee maker.

VoyTirando 10-25-2019 10:13 AM

And Here's a picture of the crown as stripped and revealed
 
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yeah, it was head- scratcher for sure. In the picture, attached, the bondo hasn't yet been removed from the logo. Mark kept emailing me with rando questions and comments as he removed paint: "Hm,, seems this fork might not originally have gone with this bike?" "Hmm this fork seems to have come from another country....." Etc. With the repaint, I opted to leave the Miele logo revealed. Something more honest about it.

@JoostX, that is a crappy, crappy scenario. I'd heard other rumors about that guy but wow.

sonicCows 10-25-2019 10:29 AM

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Originally Posted by VoyTirando (Post 2611337)
yeah, it was head- scratcher for sure. In the picture, attached, the bondo hasn't yet been removed from the logo. Mark kept emailing me with rando questions and comments as he removed paint: "Hm,, seems this fork might not originally have gone with this bike?" "Hmm this fork seems to have come from another country....." Etc. With the repaint, I opted to leave the Miele logo revealed. Something more honest about it.

@JoostX, that is a crappy, crappy scenario. I'd heard other rumors about that guy but wow.

This is obviously questionable but might it be possible that he used old excess stock of Miele fork crowns? Looks like Miele went bankrupt in the 90s so Bilenky may have bought the supply.


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