Bilenky Tandem M/L, M/S
Date: Nov 10 Ad ID: RHETT
I am selling my beloved Bilenky tandem. Where to start. Stephen Bilenky is a world-renowned frame builder in Phildelphia. He recently completed a bicycle that Joe Biden gifted to Boris Johnson. This bike has been cared for and upgraded for over the ten plus years I have owned it. Frameset is filet-brazed Reynolds 531, as is the fork. I call this bike M/L-M as the only measurement on a tandem that is consistent with road bikes is the captains top tube which measures 21.5 or about a 54. I am 6ft and have ridden this bike thousands of miles but I have 145 mm stem and the seat pushed all the way back. A 5'8" to 5' 10" captain would probably be best. My two significant stokers have been 5' and 5'6".
This bike has a 3x9 drivetrain that is a little unusual but absolutely the bomb. Cockpits consist of carbon riser handle bars with bar ends, the Captain steers through a Thomson x1 stem. The coolest part are the Shimano XTR "paddle" dual control shifters. They absolutely play to the strength of a tandem on rolling terrain with the ease of up shifts and down shifts unsurpassed by anything else. These are attached to XTR V-Brakes sporting fresh pads, very solid. Derailleurs are modern XT in the rear and timeless Deore dearhead on the front. Additional upgrades are a custom wheelset using Ambrosia 36h rims mounted to sealed Phil Wood hubs wearing Vittoria Randoneur 35mm touring tires. Latest addition was a Chris King sealed bearing headset. This bike is ready to ride. It has done Tour de Tahoe, Buddies Ride from Carmel to San Simeon and many other centuries. It is shows some wear but shines up nice and is priced to sell quickly. I am only selling because I now have a Co-Motion travel tandem and as much as I love having this bike around as it is a little sportier, I cannot justify have a spare tandem. Great bike, great price, great fun just waiting to be had.
Asking price is $1500.
Bike located in the SF Bay Area. I had this bike shipped to me 15 years ago and I am glad to take it to a local shop to be shipped. If you are reasonably local I will consider delivery with a nonfundable Venmo deposit. I am thinking Venmo as a good payment option.
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