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Stephen Bilenky wasn’t certain what to suppose when he bought an electronic mail from the U.S. State Division on Might 23 asking whether or not he might make a motorcycle — in lower than two weeks.

That was a giant request for Bilenky Cycle Works in Philadelphia’s Olney part, a small enterprise whose clients could have to attend no less than six months for a bicycle and typically as much as 18 months, relying on how personalized.

What’s extra, the price range was simply $1,500. Costs for the 75 or so bikes Bilenky makes yearly begin at $4,500.

However when he discovered the identify of the eventual rider — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson — he determined to go on with it. “This is a chance” to boost his store’s profile, he thought on the time. “Managed chaos” adopted, mentioned Bilenky, who has been in enterprise for 37 years.

Bilenky, 67, and his three workers pulled it off, ending the {custom} body created from Columbus metal and portray it by Memorial Day weekend. The aim was to have the bike prepared as a present from President Joe Biden to Johnson, an avid bicycle owner, on the G7 Summit in Cornwall, England. The summit begins Friday.

The bike is painted blue with crimson and white decorations to evoke the British Union Jack, signatures of the 2 world leaders on the cross bar, and U.S. and British flags on the top tube. It was shipped June 4. The matching, custom-painted helmet took longer, and needed to comply with on Monday.

One of many challenges of the State Division request was that the bike have as many U.S.-made elements as potential.

The edges got here from Velocity USA in Michigan. The hubs, cranks, and headset are from White Industries in California. Sram, in Chicago, provided the derailleurs and kit shift levers. The saddle got here from Selle Anatomica, additionally in California.

“It was a loopy 10 days,” Bilenky mentioned.

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