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Building a Better Bicycle: Bilenky Cycle Works

Mar 15, 2013

by Jeremiah Glazer

For thirty years, Stephen Bilenky has been combining art, craftsmanship and business as a fabricator of custom handmade bicycles. Bilenky doesn’t romanticize building artisanal bicycles; to him, it’s just about using elbow grease to make something of quality, just like in the old days of his gritty, working-class neighborhood in Philly.

Filmmaker Andrew David Watson attended college in Philadelphia and loves to tell stories from the city. Check out his Etsy video about Liberty Cycles.

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    Karen Brown from blainedesign said 3 years ago Featured

    "This is just life. Making things takes work and concentration and you just have to get up and do it." Will you marry me? This video is an example of the kind of story that just never makes it into mainstream conversation and to me it is the heart and soul of everyday life, most especially the life of a maker and fabricator. It stands as evidence of my most deep-seated hunch –– that there are unique and gifted craftspeople everywhere remaking the world for the better. DId I mention I liked the video?


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