How a Philly shop built a bike — quickly and at a discount — for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The buyer: Joe Biden.
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Bilenky Cycle Works in Olney had less than two weeks to manufacture the bike.
Stephen Bilenky wasn't sure what to think when he got an email from the U.S. State Department on May 23 asking whether he could make a bike — in less than two weeks.

That was a big request for Bilenky Cycle Works in Philadelphia's Olney section, a small business whose customers may have to wait at least six months for a bicycle and sometimes up to 18 months, depending on how customized.

What's more, the budget was just $1,500. Prices for the 75 or so bikes Bilenky makes annually start at $4,500.

But when he learned the name of the eventual rider — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson…
Harold Brubaker
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