Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Season of Goodwill and All That

Dear Everyone:

With only a few days left of 2013 (OK, actually about a week or so), it seems only right and natural that our thoughts turn back to what a year it's been here at BCW...

Our production level has stepped up, as we've continued to push beautiful custom bikes out the front door several times a week. We've created some pretty incredible titanium tandems. Staff beards have reached unprecedented lengths. Ferdinand the cat is on his way to being an internet star... And we continue to be amazed and humbled by the incredible support we get from all the friends of BCW. So here is a seasonal shout-out to all of you. 

We got a bigger space this year and you rocked it. The Expo continues to grow into something we never imagined. Yes, we're already planning 2014. So thanks to everyone - exhibitors, volunteers, guests - and in particular...
...and of course thanks to Bina Bilenky for making it all come together for one awesome event.


For making it the best all-round single-speed-junkyard-craziness we've had yet... Big thanks to:
  • Dave Pryor and Mattie Bee and Topher and the whole crew at SSCXWC
  • Our sponsors: Stan's No Tubes, Red Bull and Chrome
  • Chewy's food truck for keeping us all well fed
  • Pat at Big Guys for closing the junkyard for Saturday's race
  • Pat Gaffney for good video presence and historic continuity
  • Anthony Skorochod for flawless EMT service
And to the daredevil rider who went to hospital after hitting the deck pretty hard - hey, we're glad you're okay, see you next year.

Thanks go as always to the BCW crew for their hard work and inspiration all year, and to all the participants and attendees who make these events so worthwhile... Happy Christmas. We couldn't do it without you. Now go ride your bikes!

- Stephen Bilenky

PS. Ferdinand has just reminded us that no Christmas BCW blog-post is allowed to omit the mandatory cute cat picture. So here's one from the feline fender selection:

Friday, December 20, 2013

So that was the 2103 Bilenky Junkyard Cross SSCXWC...

... and holy crap was that some race. You are all crazy. We lost count of just how many of you showed up to take yourself and your bike into places that bikes and people are clearly not meant to go. We are in awe of you. Seriously, thanks folks for making it the best Junkyard Cross yet.

Special thanks go to Dave Prior of SSCXWC who did such a great job of making it happen. Bilenky + SSCXWC was even better than we thought it would be (and we knew it would be pretty good). Competitors, sponsors, volunteers, drinkers, crazy nude guy -- we salute you all.

Pix? Results? More write-up? Limited edition 2013 race t-shirts (still available)? Yep, all here.

Seen this? Check out Red Bull's video of the race and Urban Velo's gallery.

And last but not least, here's another set of pictures we like.

See you all next year!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Bilenky Junkyard 'Cross, Protected by Stan's No Tubes

The masses have spoken, and they are tired of shifting. Over 100 riders are in the SSCX class so that's moving up on the agenda … especially since the ones that make the finals are also qualified to race for the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships on Sunday. Things might get serious this Saturday. But probably not.

9:30am: Gates open for registration, number pickup, general hanging out.
10am-Noon: SSCX Qualifier Heats
Noon-1pm: Men's B Qualifier Heats, Women's Qualifier Heats
1-3pm: Championship Races (Freak, Men's B, Women's, Men's A, SSCX)

If you've been to Bilenky Junkyard 'Cross before, you know times are loose. But be aware that we'll have over 200 racers for the first time ever. So it will be run tighter than a fresh set of windshield wipers. Get there early to get your paperwork done and into costume.

Day of Registration is allowed. $20 per race, cash.

Beer tent will be open, $1 each (racers will get a few for free). 
Chewy's will be back to feed us, too.
And a super-special limited edition T is fresh off the presses, too.

IMPORTANT: This year you'll enter through the driveway to Big Guy's Used Auto Parts, NOT Bilenky Cycle Works. That door will be locked. Go around on Mascher Ave. If you're driving and parking at the Olney Train Station (which would be smart) then it's easy to get into the Junkyard from there.

If you're riding from town, a group will be leaving Love Park, JFK Plaza at 9am. LEAVING is the important word there. And you want to be in a pack on the parts of town we have to ride through. Safety in numbers, kids.

REMINDER: This isn't actually a "Junkyard" it's a store. Big Guy's sells all the stuff we'll be racing around and through. So don't smash stuff. Don't jump up on stuff. Don't climb up on stuff. Don't make your own barrier. Don't owe them money you don't got.

(Words above brought to you so eloquently by Dave Pryor and posted by Bina)