By Karen Brooks,
I was dutifully cruising the convention-hall lanes here at NAHBS for city bikes and I spotted a sleek machine at the side of the Bilenky booth.
It’s a stainless steel lugged frame with a popular combo here—Gates belt drive and Rohloff internal-gear hub. Truly low-maintenance. Check out the slick matching fenders…
… and sweet lugs.
But then my eyes were dazzled by an Amazonian superhero of a bike. The star details are hand-cut and reflective. Note the “Lasso of Truth” golden chain.
This is an actual customer’s bike—she’ll be using it as an around-town fixie. In fact, she’s already been riding it, a common theme among some of the coolest bikes here.
Stephen Bilenky, rocking the pink vest you see above, shared some drawings of the design process:
But the truly stunning thing at the Bilenky booth was hiding in the back, at least until it won an award for Best Lugged Frame: this beauty by Isis Shiffer, member of the Bilenky crew:
Just one word: Wow!